I was hoping on getting this posted before we had left for the Camino de Santiago, but alas it didn’t work out. Regardless, below are all the spending details for the time from when we left Scotland (wow, that seems like ages ago) to the day before we began the Camino. Spending on the Camino is a different thing altogether so I will leave that for an entirely different post.
As a reminder, we are doing what we can to maintain a daily budget of $100 CDN. We record all of our expenditures at Budget Your Trip. It’s been quite helpful in allowing us to track everything.
So, here they are, our numbers for the time we spent in Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy & France as well as a day in Germany waiting for friends to pick us up:
Our European Numbers
Total # of Days – 29.5
Total Dollars Spent (CDN) – $3,612.66
Daily Average (CDN) – $122.46
Total Spending to Date (June 19 – August 4, 2011)
Total # of Days – 47
Total Dollars Spent (CDN) – $5,628.84
Daily Average (CDN) – $119.76
Well, as you can see, our daily budget actually increased slightly. We are not terribly concerned however….we still believe that once we leave the fine continent of Europe, our daily average will drop, hopefully quite drastically.
We talked about how expensive the UK was last time, and well…the rest of Europe doesn’t get much cheaper. The big change here is that, unlike the UK, we actually had started paying for most of our accommodation (no more free rides!!). So although we were likely actually a little more fiscally responsible in some areas, we had new expenses which we didn’t need to worry about so much in England and Scotland.
Additionally there are a few transportation costs which always seem to be the most expensive part of travelling. Trains from Feldkirch to Lienz, Austria and a huge trip to Narbonne, France from Cremona, Italy definitely upped the numbers.
It isn’t to say that we couldn’t live cheaper. As we said last time, it can be challenging to get this budgeting thing under control. However, both Shawna and I have decided that we would rather be home a little earlier than planned and have the time of our lives, as opposed to pinching pennies the entire way….
What about you? Have you backpacked through parts of Western Europe? Do these numbers jive with what you spent?