Hey there, H/A -- My friend and I are going to visit London in about ten months. We're aiming to go from Nov 30 to Dec 8 (though this is completely flexible -- the only thing set in stone is that we must be there on Dec 3, as we have tickets to see a play that night).
I've never been and neither has she, so we'd like to do the general tourist-y stuff (Abbey Road, visit Stonehenge, the Harry Potter studio tour, Shakespeare's house, etc). I was also looking and apparently there's a train to Paris via the EuroStar that only takes 2.5 hours to get there from London, so we figured we could hop over there for maybe two days and check out Paris Disneyland, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre.
She can afford anything -- she's saved up so much money it boggles my mind. I, on the other hand, am currently serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kosovo. I'm living on maybe 100 euros a month, and if I'm lucky, I can save mayyyybe fifty of that. I have a personal bank account with some money leftover from before my service, but it's barely anything, so the theme of this trip is DEAR GOD HOW CHEAP CAN WE GO?! This means hostels out the ass, so if you have a great, conveniently-located and cheap hostel you can recommend in London, that would be wonderful.
Beyond that, I'm mainly looking for general to specific advice from others who have visited London and done something similar to what we are planning.
I've traveled a bit myself. This will be her first time outside of America. I backpacked solo across China for three months last year, but that was different. I was moving at my own pace, bound by no schedule. This time, I'm using vacation from my PC service, and we have to shove as much as we can reasonably fit into the few days we have, so a relatively strict itinerary is necessary. In addition, in China, I had a nice pocket of money saved up, so I didn't have to worry too much about counting pennies.
Itineraries and schedules give me stress, which is why I'd like to get this planned and sorted away as soon as possible. Planning early also gives me a chance to estimate a budget, and the sooner I can save toward a specific goal, the better. I will say that, excluding my airfare to/from London, I'd love to spend no more than 700 or 800 euros. Like, MAX. *crosses fingers* Is this even remotely feasible?
So, yes! If you have any insider advice on places to visit, any nuggets of wisdom about the EuroStar/whatever, any catastrophic faults I've yet to envision, please, feel free to share! Any help at all is greatly appreciated, and thank you tons in advance.