A selfie of two happy travelers (especially after looking at the expense reports for Spain and Croatia!)
It’s been 10 months, 3 continents, 15 countries, 60 beds, 11 currencies and 4600+ photos since we sold our possessions, quit our jobs, and started traveling.
It’s been pretty amazing so far!
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Touring can be expensive (and tiresome) so we sandwich short bursts of travel through more expensive locales with longer one month stays in less expensive locations. The cost of accommodations is usually a traveler’s greatest expense in addition to the to extra transportation expenses.
Yikes! I have 4 months of Travel Expense Reports to share.
I use the Trail Wallet app to track all expenses and prepare reports both for calendar months or by “trip” – which I find more enlightening. (Same data, different reports.) All dollar amounts are totals for both of us.
August 2015: England and Spain
I don’t have any!
In August I lost all the Trail Wallet data when my iPhone went for a swim. It was a huge disappointment. I was anxious to be able to brag how the month of August was coming in under $1500 thanks to a long housesit with a provided car and opportunity to cook at home. The only consolation I have is knowing there is an iCloud backup, and when I buy a new iPhone will be able to restore it. (I will update the data here at that time. Editor’s note: We discovered that the data was not stored in the cloud. Bummer.)
September 2015: Spain and Romania: $2085.53 = $69.52 per day. September includes an extended stay, a Spain road trip, and a flight and week in Romania.
Expenses for 48 days in Spain: $1951.24 = $40.65 per day. Whoo hoo!!!(The missing August data most likely will cause this amount to increase slightly.)
Accommodations (only paid for 6 nights or $53.24/night): $325.40
Food: $553.76 = $11.54 per day
Transportation: $724.47 = $15.09 per day
Entertainment: $213.59 = $4.45 per day (Tangier day trip, massages)
Miscellaneous: $134.03 = $2.79 per day (includes an unfortunate dishwasher fiasco.)
Expenses for 22 days in Romania: $1594.28 = $72.47 per day
Accommodations: $728.22 = $33.10 per day
Food: $413.66 = $18.80 per day
Transportation: $307.08 = $13.96 per day (includes $150 flights)
Entertainment: $56.10 = $2.55 per day (includes massages)
Miscellaneous: $13.57 = $.62 per day
Offering: $75.65 = $3.44 per day
October 2015: Eastern Europe: $2895.01 = $93.39 per day. (This include Romania, Budapest, Vienna, Graz, and Prague and train travel.)
Accommodations: $1272.55 = $41.05 per day
Food: $738.05 = $20.58 per day
Transportation: $630.03 = $20.32 per day (lots of train trips)
Entertainment: $188.12 = $6.07 per day
Miscellaneous: $115.83 = $3.74 per day (mobile, VPN, insurance)
Offering: $50.43 = $1.63 per day
November 2015: The Balkans: $1573.67 = $52.46 per day.
Accommodations: $799.89= $26.66
Food: $486.94 = $$16.23 per day
Transportation: $155.66 = $5.19 per day
Entertainment: $38.20 = $1.27 per day
Miscellaneous: $92.99 = $3.10 per day (mobile, VPN, insurance)
Expenses for 35 days in Croatia: $1735.35 = $49.58 a day. Our Food Expense was a record-breaking low of $14.16 per day.
Links to past Travel Expense Reports: July 2015, June 2015, April and May 2015, February and March 2015
*List 0f Accommodations:
Housesitting in Kelsale, England: 6 nights
Housesitting in Pinos del Valle, Spain: 41 nights
Ronda, Spain: Hotel Ronda, 1 night, $38
Tarifa, Spain: Hostal Tarifa, 2 nights, $48/night
Seville, Spain: Hostal Jentoft, 2 nights, $50.60/night includes parking
Santa Elena, Spain: Mesón del Depeñaperras, 1 night, $41 includes breakfast
Bucharest, Romania: Bucharest Boutique Accommodations, 4 nights, $37.60/night includes breakfast and airport transfers
Bucharest, Romania: Hello Hotel Garda Nord, 2 nights, $32.70/night
Brasov, Romania: Casa Terezia, 2 nights, $27/night
Sighisoara, Romania: Casa Lia, 2 nights, $29/night
Sibiu, Romania: Style Residence, 1 night, $31
Arad, Romania: Pensiunea Nimbus, 2 nights, $59/night includes breakfast
Timisoara, Romania: Pensiunea Timisoara, 1 night, $27 includes breakfast
Timisoara, Romania: AirBnB Apartment, 7 nights, $28/night
Budapest, Hungary: DnD Apartments, 4 nights, $46.50/night
Vienna, Austria: CheckVienna Apartment, 2 nights, $76.70/night
Prague, Czech Republic: Zlata Vaha, 4 nights, $50/night includes breakfast
Graz, Austria: A & O Hostel, 1 night, $92 (Pretty sure they took advantage of the fact that we were stranded due to the Syrian Refugees traveling on the railroad tracks.)
Zagreb, Croatia: Apartments Henrik, 1 night, $56
Racovika, Croatia: House Ivana, 2 nights, $22.60/night
Split, Croatia: AirBnB, 30 nights for $805, $26.83/night
Mostar, Bosnia: Star City Guesthouse, 2 nights, $26.30/night
Kotor, Montenegro: Old City Hostel, 1 night, $28.65
Kotor, Montenegro: J&P Apartment, 4 nights, $24.30/night
* Most short-stay accommodations are booked through Booking.com. Longer-stays are booked through AirBnB and VRBO.com. The housesitting assignments are arranged through TrustedHousitters.com.
10 months! No chiropractic, no haircuts nor hair color, no souvenirs. I haven’t even desired any Retail Therapy. I spent months getting rid of possessions and have been content with what I have. Recently with cooler whether I felt I needed a sweater so I bought a black sweater. I now am considering how and where to replace my worn out shoes.
Where are we? We arrived on December 4, 2015 for a month stay in Lecce, Italy!
Next time on Meet You in the Morning: Christmas in Italy. Ciao!
Congratulations on such terrific numbers! We found we could live on less when we left Washington, DC for 14 months traveling around the world – and came back having underspent an already conservative budget. Since the RTW trip – our continued traveling in the US and Canada has also been come under budget. Who knew that leaving home to travel the world would save us money?
Yes, it’s interesting. I spent money at home cause I had it. I wish I had all the wasted money now! But, truly there are expected norms at home and working that were just not doing now – not saying I miss them! Everyone assumes it must cost a lot to travel. We’d like to do some traveling in the USA. Any tips on how to do it on a budget?
What a great report!!! Congrats on your numbers!!!Keep posting!!!