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Balancing The Global Budget: Europe

Well this is a little overdue….

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

Our Rationale

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?

Shawna looking down on Riva di Garda in Italy. Views like this don't come for free!

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11 Responses to “Balancing The Global Budget: Europe”

  1. Liz September 2, 2011 at 4:08 am #

    Hi, I’m new to your site, but loving it so far! Thanks for the budget info. This is almost exactly in line with what I’ve spent per day on 2 trips to Western Europe. It’s always a little more than I hope, but it’s worth it!
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    • Skott and Shawna September 8, 2011 at 10:09 pm #

      Hi Liz – thanks for the compliment!
      Yeah, there is no getting around the costs of Europe, but we have many cheaper countries to come (as I mentioned earlier), so we aren’t too concerned at all….

      Thanks again for the visit!

  2. Jaime September 2, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

    Ive been in Europe now over a montha nd yeah I am spending just as much (half what yall are spending since Im alone). Europe is so damn expensive and I am ready to get out of here, but need to finish exploring Spain and Italy. However Im not to worried because like you said once we get out of here our budgets will at least be cut in half… its so much cheaper in other countries.
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    • Skott and Shawna September 8, 2011 at 10:06 pm #

      Yeah, Europe isn’t exactly Central America is it :) But a beautiful place to be…so far….worth every penny…or Euro!

  3. anette September 8, 2011 at 9:14 am #

    It will definitely be much cheaper the moment you arrive in Morocco. Travelling is cheap – we live in the very south, about 1100 km from Tanger and have no problem whatsoever to find a bus ticket for 20 euros….

    • Skott and Shawna September 8, 2011 at 10:05 pm #

      oh this is really good to hear Anette….finally our dollar will stretch a little further. We are definitely looking forward to Morocco!!!!

  4. Pete Heck September 15, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

    Hey guys, we’re definitely feeling the Euro pinch. After living a life where a 4 hour bus ride cost you $4 and a coke was about $0.20 Europe is quite a shocker.

    Today we decided to get us a Eurail pass for the next month of our travels through Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands. We shelled out about $600CAD and figured it would save us money on about 3-4 train trips.

    Come January, we are most likely going to be somewhere in Asia where we can get our budget under control. But I agree, don’t hold back because of $$.. Have the time of your life and worry about that stuff later :)
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    • Skott September 16, 2011 at 8:48 am #

      Well, perhaps it will then be sometimes after Christmas that the two coolest travel couples, finally meet up. We will be headed to SE Asia, likely Feb/March, and yeah, once we get there, I suspect it will be tough for us to leave…

      And yes, spending the Euro has been a bit extreme on our bank account, but we have had such killer experiences. I would never take it back.
      I read a quote recently, “it’s good to be thrifty, it’s lame to be cheap” We saved the $$$ so that we could spend it, right?

  5. Lusso Bags September 22, 2011 at 8:12 pm #

    After Europe, you’re gonna feel like well-to-do diplomats in SE Asia running on the 100 CDN per day budget :)
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    • Skott September 23, 2011 at 10:17 am #

      Bring it on!!! Lol…we are more than ready to have our daily budget last more than 24 hours….that was tough to do. But yes, I have little fear we will be okay come SEA.


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