Well it took us thirty-five days of walking, and Shawna and I are well aware of the impact the Camino had on our minds and bodies, but the more important question of course… how much did it dig into our budget?!
Our hope is to prove that as a couple, we can travel the world on under $100 CDN per day, while still experiencing everything we want to experience. We put the focus on being safe, healthy and enjoying ourselves, as opposed to just being cheap and hanging in a 18-bed dorm for two weeks, eating nothing but noodles. That’s just lame.
So far Europe, hasn’t quite allowed us to stay under $100…keeping us closer to $120/day, but we know that Europe is pricey and that costs should drop after this. However with the Camino, you would think that average daily costs should begin dropping…I mean, how much can it cost to walk anyways, right??
As always, we are using Budget Your Trip, as the site which keeps track of all our expenditures. Although there are still a few features that I would like them to add to enhance the site, it has definitely served its’ purpose.
Camino de Santiago Spending
Total # of Days – 36
Total Dollars Spent (CDN) – $3,911.58
Daily Average (CDN) – $108.65 (or 78€)
This is the total of all of our spending between August 6 (the day before we left, which actually was our most expensive day) to September 10 (the day we arrived in Santiago).
I admit, I was surprised with these totals…I thought they would be quite a bit lower. But there are a few pretty sizable expenses which did pump up our daily average pretty quickly:
- We spent $108 sending some of our luggage forward to Santiago.This probably isn’t a normal expense for most pilgrims, but if the Camino is just a small part, you will most likely want to shed a bit of weight before walking across the country.
- As a couple, dorm beds tend to get a wee bit tiresome after awhile. Not only did we “splurge on our own rooms from time to time, but we also went crazy and stayed in hotels instead of the pilgrims’ hostels. Paying $80-$90/night for accommodation instead of $25 raised our costs a little, but we will pay extra for this privilege every once in awhile.
- I was down and out with a 36-hour bug at one point. Shawna, being the loving wife that she is, forced my ass to the doctor because she was sick of me whining. A fifteen minute checkup ran us $104. (We do have insurance, but there is a $500 deductible)
- And then of course there was the nickle and diming of coffees in the early morning, and pop or cold water in the heat of the afternoon…both of them absolutely necessary, but wow can you spend alot on caffeine when you start walking at 6AM every morning!!!
So there you have, we are up-to-date on how much money fell out of our wallets while we were in Europe. Next budget post will be for Morocco in about 3 weeks! (And I will give you a heads up, our costs are slowly going down!)
Have you backpacked through Spain? Walked the Camino de Santiago? How does this compare to your expenditures?