Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Whoops! Somehow I've managed to spend my $200 limit for this month already. That sucks, and since I wasn't working with a budget, I don't know where all of it went. It will be tough to outlast the month without spending more cash, but I'm sure I can.

Meanwhile, I booked my London hotel!! Yay!! Fortunately it won't cost me anything until I get there, which is nice. The hotel I booked is the Luna and Simone hotel in London. It's near Victoria station, which is a very central station - nice, even though I'll most likely be taking a cab from the airport to the hotel. Much more expensive, yes, but the idea of hauling all my worldly possessions around the London Underground aren't that appealing. Hah.

Either way, I'm pleased that all this is starting to come together. I still have yet to book my flights, but I'm hoping the Airlines will have a sale or something. We'll see. I'v,e budgeted just over $1,300 for both my flight to Toronto, and the flight from Toronto to London. I should be able to do that. I might end up comming $100 or so overbudget, but I'm going to try not to.

I have also decided that for now, I'm going to keep the pre-trip savings in a cash format. That way, when I need them, they will be there. I won't have to worry about transferring funds or anything. It'll just be cash. As well, that helps me spend as I see things I need, rather than wait to acheive the $2,000 goal before buying anything. I'm keeping this money seperate from my other money in my wallet by putting it in a little paper enveloppe. I think it's cute.

So, for any of you who would like to know, I'll be in London at the hotel from the 24th of September to the 1 of October. I'll be looking for an apartment to rent as of the 1st of October, so if anyone has any suggestions, then please feel free to share! I've been mainly looking through facebook as well as Gumtree.com, which was recommended to me many many times.

I gotta run - gotta get my nice shirts out of the washer before they wrinkle!!


Bouncing Back said...

Look into the Heathrow Express. It goes direct from the airport to a couple tube stations,I think Victoria or Kings Cross, then just take a taxi from the station to your hotel.

I've done the Tube from Heathrow to Paddington and I agree, it can stink to be on the commuter rail once you land with your possessions and slightly jet lagged.

singlebrokefemale said...

Hi there!

I got your comment on my blog so here are my suggestions!:


I found my houseshare on Gumtree which seems to be a popular place for people to advertise (because its free!) but easyroomate is also a good one. There is always stuff like the LOOT newspaper website or Time Out accommodation pages as well. If you goodle London Flatshre or Flats to rent in London it brings up a tonne of listings.

Do you know whereabouts you would like to live and what your budget is?