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If you live in the US, what would you budget for one week’s travel in Europe, in dollars?

If you live in the US, what would you budget for one week’s travel in Europe, in dollars?

Apr 27th, 2007, 11:58 AM
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One time in 2003 we did 8 days in Italia for $3,750 for two people including the air fare and all the entrance monies etc. that we spent during those 8 days. We did not rent a car.

Your question has too many variables to make the answers comparable- one to another. Traveling alone, with kids, being able to use youthhostel or elderhostel, all would make a difference.

Lodging itself in the USA and in Europe, cities, that precludes much increased costs from what they were 5 or 10 years ok. Not just Europe. IMHO.

We never do the high end meal thing at all, but may do an expensive tour or sidetrip transportation/excursion. That changes costs too, a lot.
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Apr 27th, 2007, 12:03 PM
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For my upcoming trip to Paris, not a budget but what I'm estimating what I'll be spending:

Studio: $545 (sharing w/friend for 7 nights and 2 on my own).

Food: $800

Transportation: $850 (airfare, trains, metro, bus, taxi)

Musuems/sights: $125

2 walking tours/1 Siene tour: $45

Shopping: Never in my budget. I buy what I want!

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Apr 27th, 2007, 12:04 PM
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$3000 per week.
Apr 27th, 2007, 12:08 PM
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For our family of 5, around $4250 if we stay in one city, more of course, if we have to factor in trains, etc.
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Apr 27th, 2007, 12:17 PM
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My usual budget:
hotel/pension less than 40€ /day
everything else incl. local travel, food max 50€ /day

This almost always works out. Not in Britain and in Scandinavia, but almost everywhere else. My favourite "weekend countryside hotel" 150k north of Munich costs 20€/single, 30€ double incl. breakfast, spotless, clean. You don't need to budget more for a room outside the big German cities.
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Apr 27th, 2007, 12:19 PM
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Several variables, but it has proviked interesting discussion.
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Apr 27th, 2007, 12:20 PM
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tammylouky, nice to see you posting. Are you back in town? There is a tentative area GTG set for July. It would be nice to see you again.

Sorry to clutter up the post!
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Apr 27th, 2007, 12:30 PM
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Why not go to expedia and do a 'sample' trip with plane and hotel?
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Apr 27th, 2007, 12:40 PM
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I too, am sorry to clutter the board, but......Carolyn, I'm in Knoxville these days teaching high school World History. I still make it up to Kentucky, and would be interested in the GTG.
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Apr 27th, 2007, 01:20 PM
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OK. We started this and I think the responses useful. To clarify our $1000/wk is based on 2 adults.
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Apr 27th, 2007, 01:23 PM
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I am so weird that I kind of like figuring out how much money we can save on a trip while still being comfortable and doing all that we want to do.

For the trip we are going on in May-June, I was pretty proud that for two people I spent about $3000 on hotels/hostels/villas for 17 nights, one inter-European flight, one train ride, one ferry ride and a weeks car rental.

Adding in $150/day for both of us to eat, drink and see the sights, that brings the total vacation to about $5500.

Lucky we could use FF miles for the plane over there-- that would have added about $2K onto that total, I think.
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Apr 27th, 2007, 01:34 PM
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For our upcoming 3 week trip, I've kept track of expenses so far including the apartment one week in Paris, the other 11 nights in hotels, all train trips in between, shoes, clothing, new luggage, electronics (purchased a new pocket PC for this trip), a Normandy tour and a Fat Tire tour. And right now we're at $3500 a week and that's without food or shopping.

Which I wouldn't necessarily call a budget.
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Apr 27th, 2007, 01:36 PM
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At today's exchange rate, $1000 is 733 euros (ouch!), and I am hard pressed to think of anyplace worth visiting in Europe where 2 people could comfortably get by on 100 euros a day. I'd say $2000 a week would be the minimum for most places, and even then you'd have to be pretty frugal.
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Apr 27th, 2007, 01:40 PM
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If you are calculating costs after transportation and lodging, then I would say $250 per day and assume that some days you will spend much less and some days maybe all of it or more. That figure would include any items we buy to bring back home and ground transportation while there. I always hope to bring back (or not spend)a decent amount.
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Apr 27th, 2007, 01:41 PM
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$1,575 for 1 person for 1 week.

I often travel solo so have to pay the full hotel bill myself ($150USD/night) plus $75 per day for food, local transportation, and entertainment.
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Apr 27th, 2007, 01:43 PM
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I know you want us to ignore all the (important imo) details... but at least please clarify if you are talking per person or for a couple.
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Apr 27th, 2007, 01:45 PM
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$3000 including airfare and hotels.
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Apr 27th, 2007, 01:48 PM
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We budget $500.00 a day for 2 people. The hotels we like in big cities can run $250.00, even booking and getting good rates for places we pick, we're not into street food or picnics, and I like to taxi if my feet hurt! Our trips are usually 3-4 weeks, and we save quite a bit on rooms and food in smaller cities and villages in the countryside, even with the car rental this keeps it under the $500.

I keep a seperate account for travel..all my DH's retirement job money goes there and I addwhatever is left over from our monthly expenses versus income. Our last trip ..9 days in London in March came in $1500 cheaper than planned so we had 3 days in Paris in the fall paid for!
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Apr 27th, 2007, 02:12 PM
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It really does vary according to the location. But on our last trip we decided to go cheap. (I want some new furniture this year.)

For two people, 7 nights, we spent around $2000 for everything. We used points for a one-night Hilton stay and got a really good deal in Brussels for the weekend.

In addition, I spent about $500 in shopping.
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Apr 27th, 2007, 02:33 PM
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Just returned from a week in Paris and I find by comparison to others I must be really cheap.

Not counting apartment rent, airfare and airport transportation, I spent a grand total of $406.91 in USD.

I stopped buying souvenirs for myself years ago. I did buy myself one T-shirt this time and a couple of trinkets for my 3 grandchildren.
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