I will be leaving for London in three days and I pretty much have everything planned out and paid for. I started planning for my Europe trip in June last year and I calculated that I would need about $6,000 for my trip for two weeks which will include everything. I will be visiting eight countries in total including England, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and France. As this is my first time travelling to Europe, I do not know if this amount of money is too much or too little. Also, everyone has a different travel style so depending on the person, $6,000 for two weeks may be a bit outrageous for some. I will tell you more about my travel style on a different blog post but for now, we shall talk about money matters. Sounds good? Great!
On Dec. 10, 2014, I booked my Contiki European Magic Tour for CAD$1,820.70. That includes transportation to seven countries, accommodations, some breakfasts and dinner, and some activities.
On Feb. 10, 2015, I booked my roundtrip flight, from Edmonton to London and London to Edmonton, for CAD$1,273.92.
My Stonehenge, Bath, Stratford, and Coltswold tour with Premium Tours was booked for approximately CAD$178.10.
London Eye Champagne Experience costs CAD$59.81.
Sky Garden ticket was booked for FREE! Thanks to a tip from a friend, I found out that the Sky Garden is a free attraction in London but still needs to reserve tickets to get in.
Heartbreak Hotel was booked for CAD$24.40 multiply that by two because I bought one for my friend who is letting me stay at her flat for free so that will be CAD$48.80 for two tickets. (They have a deal for July shows where July shows are cheaper than August ones, so YAY!)
Eurostar train ticket Paris to London was booked for approximately CAD$134.17.
Disneyland Paris Magic ticket was booked for CAD$107.45.
On April 20, 2015, I bought £360 for CAD$685 and then again on July 7, 2015, I bought £100 for CAD$202.77 for a total of £460 for my pocket money while in London. This pocket money will be spent on food, shopping, and other attractions I might want to see which are not included in the tours.
On April 20, 2015, I bought €710 for CAD$996 and then again on July 7, 2015, I bought €275 for CAD$399.11 for a total of €985 for my pocket for the rest of my Euro trip. This pocket money will be spent on food, shopping, and other attractions I might want to see which are not included in the tours.
As you may have noticed, there are no expenses on accommodations because I will be staying at a friend’s house in London and Paris which really saves me a LOOOOT of money and I am so grateful for that. As for the other places I am going to be visiting, accommodations are all included in my Contiki tour.
Based on my expenses above, the total is CAD$5,905.83. Verdict: stayed on budget (assuming I don’t spend more than what I have for my pocket money and not use my credit card while I’m there then yes, my prediction of CAD$6,000 budget is enough).
After I get back from my Euro trip, I will write a blog post with a complete breakdown of all my expenses including how I spent my pocket money. I will also be writing about why I chose to plan ahead instead of being more spontaneous.
If you have any questions about my expenses or anything really, please do not hesitate to contact me through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below.
Hope this post gives you a little bit of an idea when looking at how much you may need or want to spend when you plan your trip to Europe.