You Can Travel to Europe for Under $950 Total
I'm excited to introduce my first guest post on this blog. What makes this even more exciting is that this is now becoming a family affair. My sister Lucile has taken a crack at writing and wanted to share with you all how exactly she was able to travel to three different European cities for under $950 total, including her flights.
Lucile is eighteen and complete dreamer. She will be the one gallivanting globally throughout her life, discovering the best vegan dishes around the world and have a different hair color every time you see her. She also runs a YouTube channel complete with a peek at living a life of minimalism and discussing facts about controversial topics in the media.
Without further adieu...
How to Travel Europe for Under 950 Dollars Total
Written by Lucile Purnell
"You're so lucky you get to travel I wish I could go to Europe!"
Well, do you want to go? If yes, then okay go for it. There is no huge science behind travel. I am eighteen and work whatever random jobs I can find. People often act like I got handed this trip just because I am young. In reality, it took three months of saving up while living on my own and paying rent and I can truly say this trip was worth it. Now then, what you're all wondering. What does it cost?
I could write an article describing in detail what I saw but will just keep this part short and sweet and post pictures below. My friend and I went to Paris in France, Milan in Italy, and Reykjanesbær in Iceland. And yes, it was rather amazing. Our Journey Involved six airplanes, six buses, two trains, a shuttle, a taxi, and over 75 miles of walking over a span of 10 days!
Now when I say cost I’m talking cost down to the very cent. For I am one of those few people that write down every single thing I buy. Truth bomb be dropped, if you want to go for cheap you need to set a budget and write down every penny spent. If you don't write down all your expenses then how will you know if you are in budget? Now then below is my expense chart and what each of the expenses was to give you an idea of exactly how my trip went, monetarily speaking. Some attractions we went to aren’t listed because they’re free the first Sunday of each month. This includes The Louvre, Notre Dame, and the Sainte Chapple. I mostly used a credit card and the exchange rate amount changes hourly. So until all my transactions that went through I was guessing based on $1.00=€0,84.
Like any trip, there was a bump in the road that made things confusing with the expenses. My friend’s credit card information got stolen! We believe what happened was that she forgot to turn her Wi-Fi off and her phone automatically tried connecting to a bad Wi-Fi network. Through that connection a hacker managed to access her card info through an app she uses to purchase items online. Lesson learned never go to a city with Wi-Fi turned on and delete any applications that may hold that info. Luckily her bank gave her the money back that was stolen and shut her card down ASAP. As a result for the entire trip we both shared my credit card only where we were both buying something from the same place. The way she paid me back was $1.00=€0.84 and $1.00=112 Krona rounded downwards to the lowest cent. So not only for the trip did I write down what I myself spent, but also what my friend spent with the card so I would know what she would owe. With that in mind what I put below is just my own personal spending.
- Food $141.92
- On Ground Travel $123.64
- Museums $5.37
- Hostels $181.36
- Flights $433.66
Grand Total of $943.91
- On Ground Travel
All of the trip was spent in hostels as they are the most budget friendly options
Down payments prior to the trip equaled $24.86
Below are the hostels we stayed at:
The amount spent on food for this week is extremely minimal and covers your basics including many meals at Subway and even more bowls of gelato.
The total for food was €132,99 (euros)
This averaged out to about $12.90 per day
More realistic averages to those who wish to sit down at a restaurant and enjoy the European food would be 15-20 euros per meal.
Including trains and buses this was the total cost of our on ground European travel with all airport transfers too.
This was $123.64 total but many parts of these necessary transfers were spent walking to bus stations.
We strategically looked ahead to see what 'free days' were taking place for many of the museums while we were in Paris and Milan. We lucked out as we only had to pay 5 euros to enter the museum to see The Last Super.
Everything else including other museums, monuments and even a bird show were completely free. Part of the reason may be because if you are asked where you are from and say New England many of the ticket concessioners believe you are from England which actually helps provide some sweet European discounts.