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budget allowance for UK trip

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budget allowance for UK trip

Looking for suggestions on how much we should allow on average per day travelling around the UK for 9 weeks, please. We will have a hire car (diesel) with unlimited mileage, so perhaps averaging 100 - 150 miles per day; overnight accommodation (ensuite B&B seems to average out at about 80 - 90 GBP per night), and we will have British Heritage passes, so it is more the fuel costs, plus meals and incidentals, that we could do with some advice on, please, as to how much we will need. We prefer a pub or restaurant meal in the evening (with husband enjoying his red wine!) but lunches can be a bit more casual - although probably still pub or similar. Thank you for assistance!

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1. Re: budget allowance for UK trip

Hard to give you an answer and I don't know why you have ended up on the Lerwick Forum unless of course you are visiting the Shetland Isles of which you will pay the highest Diesel costs in the UK.

The cost of a Litre of Diesel in the major Cities is around £1.37 at the moment, expect to pay around 8-10p more in rural areas and the aforementioned Islands, so without knowing the make or engine capacity of the car you are driving i would expect to budget around £20 per day if you intend to drive around 150 miles.

Eating out is entirely at your discretion, which will depend on your budget which you are trying to work out.

Put it this way you can eat as cheaply or as expensive as you want, you talk about Pub meals and yes these can be great value for money with many pubs doing deals like 2 mains for £10, "buy one get one free" or set 2 or 3 course meals for as little as £5.99 to £10.99.

Then again even if you do frequent a proper restuarant there are many similar deals to be had like pre theatre for around £12-15 for 3 courses.

Drink prices can vary also but are usually around £3 for pint of Beer/Lager and a bottle of House Wine can be as low as £8 in some places, this again depends on what you want to spend

There is a pub chain which is qiute popular in the UK called Wetherspoons which combine good value drinks and food, some people love them some hate them but if you are wanting a good value for money meal and a drink then they are a godsend if you are on a budget.

Check out www.wetherspoons.co.uk for sample menus and prices.

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2. Re: budget allowance for UK trip

I'm afraid you will find diesel very expensive if you have a hire car in Shetland - I filled up this morning and paid £1.52 a litre. A small consolation is that you will get good fuel consumption here because our roads aren't crowded and you won't get held up in traffic jams. No motorways, so maximum speed is 60mph and you'll mostly do alot less than that.

If you are touring other remote & rural parts of Scotland, fuel prices will be high too - maybe not quite as high as Shetland, but not far off. The cheapest fuel is often at supermarket fuel stations which are usually on the edge of cities or in urban areas - best to fill up if you are near one.

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3. Re: budget allowance for UK trip

<<Looking for suggestions on how much we should allow on average per day travelling around the UK for 9 weeks, please. >>

Does it matter? Unless you are bringing a large amount of cash, or travellers cheques (awkward, expensive, a pain to use) , for the entire 9 weeks, rather than the oft recommended debit card (for cash) / credit card (for everything else) , it will cost what it costs, for food, petrol, lodging.

About the only thing you can do anything about is food, if restaurants cost too much go to pubs, pubs too much, go to cafes, cafes too much, buy sandwiches.

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