We cannot wait to be there in Vancouver, seeing those awesome views all the time. I’m halfway there (ish) with my saving; Nick is pretty much there already! We need around £1600 to enter the country, but I’d like to have at least £2000. Bearing in mind we still have to pay for our insurance (around £200) and book our first few weeks’ accommodation before we go out there, I still have some way to go! I sold some things at the weekend which netted me £370 so that boosted it a bit!

In Canada, a ‘Loonie’ is a 1 dollar coin, a ‘Toonie’ is a 2 dollar coin, and you have similar smaller coins to that in America like nickels, dimes and quarters. We previously thought that as well as the 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 dollar bills ,  there was also a 1000 (!) dollar bill but I’ve just discovered it’s been taken out of circulation. Gutted!! Not that I’d ever be in a position to have one mind you!

I’ve been looking at the average costs of living in different countries, and although I’ve read loads of things about how expensive Vancouver is, I don’t think it’ll be that much different to what we are used to here. I looked for calculators that would compare Vancouver with where we live now, but I think Tunbridge Wells is too small for that! Here is a general comparison between Canada & the UK.

  • Rent is 5.17% higher in the UK than in Canada
  • Groceries are 7.24% lower in the UK than in Canada
  • Restaurant prices are 8.62% higher in the UK than in Canada

Some random facts for you. A litre of milk in the UK is 23.94% lower than in Canada. But a litre of petrol is 66.70% higher than in Canada. Now that I can definitely believe! Some more; basic utilities (gas, electricity and water) are 25.54% more expensive in the UK, a bottle of wine is 36.36% cheaper in the UK (noooooo!), and a pair of Levi 501’s are 44.86% more expensive in the UK (source www.numbeo.com).
So as long as we don’t eat or drink, we’ll be fine, and can stroll around in our cheaper apartment with the heating on full blast, donning our matching 501’s. Sorted!