Southport is a coastal tourist town in the north west of England about 50 minutes out of Liverpool. Around the corner from the apartment where we are staying is Lord Street which is the one mile shopping main street which dates back to the early 19th century, local legend states that Napoleon stayed here and it became an inspiration for the tree-lined boulevards of Paris.
Southport also has the oldest pier in the country, dating back as far as 1860. You very rarely see the tide come in too often here so it can look out of place a times, ironically the tide came in for a day a week or so after we arrived, this was the first time we had ever seen this event.
As far as eating out and happy hours are concerned we basically stick to the Wetherspoons franchise as our standard go to location. We have found their menu to be the most cost efficient of all the places locally even though it is slightly more expensive at their Southport than Liverpool locations due to this being a tourist location.
So without further ado here is the monthly budget for Southport:-
- Rent: $732
- Groceries: $515
- Eating out: $126
- Transportation: $105
- Utilities: $76
- Council Tax (Band B): $160
- Internet: $35
- Gym: $14
- Cellphones: $45 (2 phones)
- Total = $1808
The passive income that could be used to cover this is $1035 rental income, $250 interest income, $173 peer to peer, $105 travel rewards and $245 dividend income.
Luckily the Virgin train from Liverpool Lime Street to London Euston really seemed to lend itself pretty well to the day trip plan. It only took just over 2 hours making 4 stops all the way down the country, which was very impressive and not the least what we were expecting since the UK is famous for it’s complaints about rail system efficiency. Since it was only an extra 15 GBP each we decided to opt for 1st class on the outward journey, but as it turned out we were just as happy in the standard coach compartment on return since the only difference seemed to be a free muffin each and the seating arrangements. Probably don’t ever need to do it again.
We then slowly made our way back to Euston for the 6pm train back up to Liverpool which per our outward journey went very fast. All in all taking the train option down to London worked out pretty well, here are the total costs:-
- Southport to Liverpool Lime Street (Two return tickets) = 9 GBP on Merseyrail.
- Virgin train – Liverpool Lime Street to London Euston (Two return ticket) = 80 GBP for 2 people, 1st class for outward journey.
- London Underground tickets = 25.40 GBP for two tickets.
- Two meals at Byron Wardour Street = 28 GBP
On reflection the London Underground tickets were a bit of waste of money considering we walked everywhere after the initial journey, for our next visit they should not be necessary.
We can definitely recommend booking the train well in advance rather than renting a car and driving to London, our experience was very positive as was the visit in general.