How much would I need to travel to Ireland for a year? I came across this sight about 'Couch Surfing', where you stay at houses for free, and I was wondering how much money I would need to get started. Food, flights, that sort of thing. I live in Australia, if that helps.
Forget about "couch surfing", might be ok for a few nights but that's it. For long term accommodation you'd need a flat or a houseshare (room in a house) Best place to look for that is http://daft.ie Most landlords require a months rent in advance and a months security deposit which you get back when you leave. Another option would be to stay in a hostel but that wouldn't be great longer term, rates from about €50 or €60 a week (no bills of course but no privacy) Check out http://hotelscombined.com for prices. Best cities to live in would be either Cork or Galway but being from Cork I am slightly biased : ) You would need about at least €1,000 per month to cover your living expenses such as food, bills, transport, accommodation etc and that would be a basic lifestyle. You could have problems staying more than 90 days in Ireland if you're not an EU national. Edit: You wouldn't need €23,000+ per year as someone else mentioned. Lets break it down. Rent: houseshare (depending where you live) €200/€250 pm Food (depending on your ability to "value shop") €200/€250 pm. Bills: electricity, maybe gas, maybe tv, maybe internet, maybe phone, lets say €100 pm. Public transport costs (depending where you live maybe even zero) €60/€80 pm. Miscellaneous: it's often up to you, based on the figures I've given and allowing €1,000 a month, you could have at least €400+ per month. You could have a basic lifestyle for €12,000 per year.