Fulltiming costs UK v Italy

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  1. Rapide561

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    Hi

    I spent roughly four months in Italy and have spent a similar amount in the UK. As far as cost goes - and I know motorhoming etc is not all about cost, I have concluded as follows.

    Italy is a lot cheaper. Full stop!

    Campsite fees - Italy 150 Euro per month plus electricity on the meter. Electric units were charged at 16 cents per KW used - about 11p. Largest "bill" was for January, coming in at just under 100 Euros, meaning my cost for the month for a pitch was 250 euros - about £165.00. I am paying double that in the UK although the pitch does have its own tap and drain.

    Unleaded petrol for the Corsa was about 75p per litre.

    Food - after doing a reckky of all the local supermarkets, including Auchan, food is cheaper in Italy - particularly meat, chicken, turkey, wine, Coke, filter coffee etc. International foods - such as Lurpak, Kelloggs etc were about 50% dearer than the UK.

    Clothing - cheaper in Italy for branded goods such as Levis and Nike.

    Public transport - trains and buses are a lot cheaper.

    Contact lens fluid - half UK price.

    Internet access on PAYG - 1 euro per day - £1 per day in the UK.

    So what was dearer - well, a hair cut cost 17 euros - prior to taking a part time job in another salon. International branded dog food - about twice the UK price. Chart CDs were about 30% dearer than the UK.

    Presumably Spain compares similarly to Italy.

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    An excellent post Russell, very informative.

    So Italy is definately cheaper, I think we should all go! :BigGrin:
     
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    The oher slight advantage, Suzy is something called a beautiful Lake, sunshine, snow capped mountains, a romantic language.....

    .....on the other hand getting anything done is so, so complicated! Passes, permits, authorities, ID etc etc

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    Hi Russell

    I think with Spain it really depends on where you head for. The Costas are very expensive, a situation created by the Brits who have businesses there. If you are an explorer head inland. To give you an example Shona and I looked at buying a property there a few years ago. The British estate agent want 140k euros for it, its a long story but we found out the local Spaniards price for the property was just 28k - wonder how some Brits get rich over there!!!!

    Inland you can socialise with the locals and a meal will cost you 2/3 euros rather than 20. Inland Spain is beautiful and there is so much happening


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    It seems there is always a compromise. When are you thinking of going back? :Smile:
     
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    I have stayed in Spain twice, Once for a year (gap year) and again in 1987 for 14 months. I loved it. I don't know if I would ever want to live there permanently but I would love to be in the position where I could take my RV and stay for as long as I want and then come home to my house. :BigGrin:
     
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    Its all down to quality of life and your perception of happiness Russell, if you wake up with a smile, then keep doing what you are doing :BigGrin::BigGrin: and... if that smile comes cheaper than somewhere else, then it would be silly not to be there :Laughing: When are you off again? :BigGrin:
     
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    Hi

    All being well I am triping off for a short stop in September and November. Long term, not certain yet, need to recruit a four legged companion.

    Suzy - leave Brian behind to do the work and you come with me - we will be able to keep in tough with the UK via your telephone entension!

    Russell
     
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    :Cool: Sounds very similar to what we have been doing for the last 11 years? :Laughing::Laughing::Laughing:
     
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    :Eek!: What? With a Chino 4 course meal costing from 3.40 Euros between Denia and Benidorm? Indian Buffet for 8 Euros? Monroes Carvery for around 7 Euros? 4 course Fish dish with Vino for 6 Euros? No way Jose. :Wink:
     
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    You will never forget my telephone extension will you? :Laughing::Laughing:
     
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    Wish I was in that position but work calls. I really wish it didn't! :BigGrin::BigGrin:
     
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    Hi Suzy

    If ANYONE calls, whether it be work or otherwise, you can answer your telephone extension!

    No more talk about telephones - we could get two yoghurt pots on a bit of string though.

    Russell
     
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