As I travel I’m publishing monthly expense audits along with some notes on what traveling at that cost looks like. 1. Below are my travel expenses for May. I started doing this last month. You can see what it cost me to travel in Scotland in my April travel audit here.
Have questions or curious about certain aspects of this? Feel free to ask me in the comments or email me at aplambeck22 [at] gmail.com
Also when I began traveling I shared a complete list of everything I brought with me. You can see my original packing list and how it’s changed since then here.
Travel Audit May ’16
Countries Visited: Germany, Czech Republic, Poland
Total Travel Expenses: $867.15
Daily Average: $29.90/day
Breakdown By Country:
Travel Expenses By Country & Category:
|TOTAL||BERLIN (4 nights)||CZECH (11 nights)||POLAND (14 nights)|
|Food (Eating Out)||$152.37||$37.67||$53.33||$61.37|
|Indulgences (coffee, alcohol, tourism, etc.) 4||$139.84||$38.26||$42.85||$58.73 5|
|Unaccounted For 6||$170.94||$53.57||$47.63||$46.82|
Travel Logs (pictures, thoughts and short stories from this leg of my journey):
It got significantly more challenging to keep track of things when I left English speaking countries.
Most the things I enjoy about traveling tend not to cost much. I’m not a “foodie”, I don’t try to check off the “10 things to do” in each city and I don’t spend too many late nights out on the town. When I eat out, do touristy things or hit the night scene I am intentional about it.
Instead I prefer to spend my “on time” meeting people, exploring and absorbing the local culture and atmosphere (AKA talking, walking and sitting).
I was surprised to see that Berlin was about as expensive as Scotland and that my fairly luxurious month in Central Europe cost in total about as much as 12 spartan days in Scotland.
Poland is awesome and cheap! Easily my favorite country visited this month. I give the nod to Wroclaw over Krakow.
I probably averaged a little under one meal out a day. This is not to say I didn’t eat well though. I ate and drank very well in the Czech Republic and Poland. I see food more as a source of nutrition and fuel however and am also gluten free so I often prefer to cook myself. This also helps me satiate my never-ending appetite (A byproduct of being gluten free).
I rotated between hostels and Airbnbs. Hostels can be dirt cheap and I have a high comfort tolerance (I stayed in Krakow for 7 nights for $50…and that included a light breakfast and was actually my favorite hostel so far mainly because it had a comfy couch and reliable internet) and rather obviously, is a good way to meet other travelers. 7 Airbnb is a great way to meet locals with local knowledge and get away from the touristy places. Often times more private, there can be a lot of hidden perks 8. I have found cooking for my hosts a good way to open up the relationship.
Free walking tours have been a good way to get my bearings in a new city.
The first couple days in a new country tends to be mentally and physically draining for me. I try not to plan to do much on these days.
- What else would you expect from a finance major?
- I stayed with a family friend. I’d expect the true cost to have been around $35/day.
- I spent 2 nights of May in Hungary and for the sake of simplicity will include those expenses in June’s audit
- To make it easier I’ve started including any optional expenses in this category. This also, very conveniently, masks the cost of my coffee and alcohol habits.
- This included visiting Auschwitz and the Salt Mines and a fair amount of wodka.
- For anyone bothering to check the numbers there was a small discrepancy in my math and the actual amount and I added that amount to the unaccounted for category.
- However my experience meeting interesting travelers is that it’s kind of hit and miss. I’ve learned to avoid any hostel boasting a bar on the premise.
- like having a modern apartment w/ coffee & yerba mate, bike, full kitchen and laundry all to myself