United Kingdom

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Transport

Find info on hitchhiking at Hitchwiki.

Transport can be every expensive. Expensive to get to, expensive to travel around, expensive to eat etc.

Train

Trains are privatised, therefore expensive (unless you get a special offer). While checks on trains happen with a maybe 50% chance, most of the stations have barriers, and are usually staffed. Don't count on any solidarity when trying to travel for free.

Internally, the train system, as well as particular lines, have been privatized. If you do book train tickets, book in advance. You need to travel 'off peak' during the day, and split the tickets.That means breaking the journey down into two or more smaller portions with a separate train ticket for each section. This is often the key to finding cheap train tickets.

  • National Rail - The gateway to Britain's National Rail network. Use the cheapest fare finder tool.
  • Raileasy - For the best deals on cheap train tickets. If you're totally flexible about travel times you can find even cheaper fares by clicking on 'advanced options' and selecting 'Find the cheapest fares throughout the day.' They also offer rail/ferry combined tickets from any railway station in the [United Kingdom] to [Ireland].
  • The train line - Buy cheap train tickets and get UK train times & fares. Save up to 80% with the UK's No.1 independent online rail ticket retailer.


Ferry

Ferries can be a cheap get to travel to and from the United Kingdom. You can travel to and from the United Kingdom from France, Holland, Ireland etc.

  • Ferry Fares to enables you to search fares for leading carriers including LDlines, Transmanche, Norfolkline, P&O, Stenaline and CondorFerries - from France, Holland etc.

Bus

Buses, can be a excellent option, as you can buy bus tickets can combine a ferry ticket, getting you from anyplace in Europe to the United Kingdom for a seasonal price. Internally, options can be limited.

  • Megabus, a internal bus company (which also sells some rail tickets) can be a very cheap way to get around, but only if you book ahead. They sometimes have special offers which allow you to travel for hundres of miles for 5 pound. (Not saying this to advertise for megabus, but sometimes it does make more sense to pay 5 quid for the whole journey, then to pay 4,50 quid on local transport to get to the hitchhiking spot.....)


Other Options

However, hitchhiking is quite doable.

Liftshare.org is a UK based lift share website.

Companies

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Accommodation

Find info on hosp ex at Couchwiki.

Something to keep in mind is that the British government has threatened to deport (and ban from re-entry for a year) EU nationals who beg or "sleep in the street"/"sleep outside" in the UK. The exact application of this new rule isn't known yet, however. (uncle_sam01 finds this highly unlikely, so long the UK remains an EU member, ie. at least until March 2019, the UK cannot deport or deny entry to an EU national unless they have committed a serious crime and sleeping outside is nowhere near a serious crime.) Squatting in England and Wales is still partly legal, there are squat scenes in London and Brighton, less so in Cardiff, Leeds, and Bristol. Yet, squats are often transient spaces, and difficult to run into if you don't have contacts. Note however, that squatting a commercial building is legal, so if you want to crash somewhere for a night, don't chose a residential building. For more information on squatting check http://www.squatter.org.uk/

  • Wild camping is only legal in Scotland.
  • Squatting has become more difficult in recent years. Inform yourself about the Section 144 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, whereby squatting in residential property became a criminal offense.
  • Free showers: Most larger UK universities have free shower facilities intended for students and staff who commute by bike. They're usually not in an access-restricted area, so getting in shouldn't be hard - try googling something like "[city/university name] bike showers" for a list of showers with locations and access restrictions, such as this one. Appearing like a student/member of staff (ie. not like a vagrant hippy with a giant backpack :P) might help.

Meet fellow travellers on hospitality exchange networks: Trustroots, BeWelcome

Food

Find info on dumpster diving at Trashwiki.

Dumpster diving is supposed to be awesome.

Ligging, Food banks and other options exist. Particular websites might also be useful.

  • Free Stuff & Free Samples website.
  • OLIO is a free app connecting neighbours and local shops so surplus food & other household items can be shared.
  • Too Good To Go, where restaurants like Yo Sushi! And Mister Lasagna, as well as local bakeries and eateries, redistribute unused food at the end of the day for a small fee.

Connectivity

In city libraries you can use Internet PCs for free after a short(ish) free registration (some want to see a passport, some aren't that strict). Legally this should be available to everyone, but in some localities, staff may say its only available to local residents or library members. In this case just ask to join the library.

Busking

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Visa

The United Kingdom can be pretty harsh in sending people back on a tourist visa when not carrying a return ticket.

It's not part of the Schengen Agreement so it can be a good escape plan if you've been almost 3 months in the Schengen area.

Immigration Enforecement Against EU nationals

Immigration Enforcement officers can arrest EU nationals, who they believe are not "exercising their treaty rights" by rough sleeping.


EU citizens and their family members have the right to enter and live in other Member States. These rights are set out in the Free Movement Directive, which all Member States are bound by.

Where admission is permitted, an EU citizen may remain in the UK for up to three months from the date of entry, provided they do not become a burden on the social assistance system of the UK or abuse their rights.

Those EU citizens wishing to stay beyond three months can only do so where they are exercising a Treaty right.

Exercising a Treaty right in this context means they must be working, self-employed, self-sufficient or a student. Therefore be careful if you are wild camping with rough sleepers. Have some evidence you are a traveller with sufficient funds, as there are many stories of EU nomads being deported. If they force the issue, volunteer to be directed to a hostel.

Most embassies are in London if you need to reach out.

Cities

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Travel destinations

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The largest island in Europe.

The United Kingdom is a member state of the European Union which forms the so-called Common Travel area with Ireland and is not part of the Schengen Agreement. It is quite an expensive country.


Hints

  • Whether you are a EEA CITIZENS (EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA or not, you have to pass through immigration control. Be prepared. They are likely to ask a couple of questions. They have refused many Nomads. If doesn't matter if you have a European passport or a valid visa. The United Kingdom is not part of the art of Schengen Agreement. If you are an EEA citizen, then use the separate channel marked 'EEA/EU passports'. Dress up, look smart, be confident, be calm, and be polite. Be prepared for questions such as: 'For what purpose are you entering....where will you visiting....where will you be staying....how long will you be staying ..etc'
  • You can deposit money at any UK police station for someone in difficulty to collect at another police station.
  • Beware of ‘Schedule 7′ of the Terrorism Act 2000 is a power that allows the police (as well as customs and immigration officers – “etc”) to question you in places like airports without the right to silence. There is advice here is stopped and questioned.