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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 29th, 2007, 12:03 PM
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We are going to Europe for 10 days in September, and have budgeted approximately $275 per day, which includes budget lodgings. We hardly spend any time in our room and are only concerned with cleanliness, decent location, and safety. So, here is a current breakdown (subject to change of course!).

Flights: $900 pp
Hotel: $100 per night
Spending $$: $200 per day (including food, entertainment, etc)
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Apr 29th, 2007, 04:58 PM
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$2,000 for decent lodging and a mixture of low cost/fast food and a few "nice" meals. Souvenirs extra. (that is for 1 person...!)
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Apr 29th, 2007, 08:03 PM
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Funny, many folks with slightly more generous budgets are quoting what they have actually spent before. Lots of the people with the low numbers are anticipated budgets for future trips. Couldn't help but notice that!
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Apr 29th, 2007, 11:23 PM
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My wife and I returned from Paris in early March '07.
$1k, for room, food and transport, for a 5 to 7 day stay?
Lodging, if you stay outside the city the hotels will be cheaper but it adds to your transport costs.
Food, well we learned to book hotels listing mini bars, that means there is a refridgerator which can be stocked with a simple trip to the grocery,(Be nice to the maid). Our recommendation would be to investigate "service apartments" not knowing your travel party size this might prove cheaper, we have used this option in Greece, Italy, Spain and Ukraine.
Transport, you didn't say if you were staying in one place or multiple locations. If staying in one place investigate metro/subway/bus passes, we found it cheaper to buy tickets in groups of ten for short stays (7 days or less). If your moving about Europe than train passes would be my recommendation. Renting a car, I would be pushing the limit of the criteria that you set.
Overall I would recommend that you investigate the area(s) that you intend to visit.
You also didn't mention the timeframe of your trip, this will affect prices.
Prepaying can lockout price increases.
We ended up spending about $1800 for a 5 day, excluding airfare.
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Apr 30th, 2007, 02:50 AM
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Robespierre, I know you prfer bus travel because you keep saying there is more to see above ground but when you are in London traffic how long can you look at people walking by faster than you are going?
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Apr 30th, 2007, 03:15 AM
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suze - You say you noticed that the people at the low end are those planning trips versus having actually taken the trip. I didn't really notice that, but I haven't re-looked at all the posts. I am one at the lower end, and always seem to be advocating traveling for less. As I said in my first post, I rarely spend more than $100 a night but I don't sleep in dumps or youth hostels - my hotels are usually ensuite, AC, etc., and location is very important to me, I never stay "way out" to save money. I do a lot of picnics and inexpensive eating (but not McDs, etc., always local stuff). I never skimp on admissions.

Here's the actual expenses from my last few trips, converted to US dollars at the current exchange rate of 1.35. These amounts are for one person (but most of these trips were two people, so the hotels were half a double, in Paris we rented an apartment, the rest are hotels) including lodging, food, local transportation and admissions. They do not include airfare.

Spain, March 07 $785 for 10 days
Portugal, July 06, $1057 for 12 days
Denmark/Sweden July 06 %995 for 6 days
Paris/Barcelona March 06 $732 for 9 days
Scily/Switzerland July 95 $1878 for 19 days

As everyone is saying, where you go does make a difference. Notice I had twice as much time in Portugal as Scandinavia for almost the same amount of money.
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