So your saving to backpack Europe only you don’t know how much you really need. Your friend says they spent this much, you asked everybody on facebook and even gave google a shot but your still not sure. I did the same thing and came up with a miss mash of information, none of it really answering my question, how much money do I need to backpack Europe?
The worst part unfortunately, there is no real answer as everybody travels differently. Some just want to party while others can’t get enough of the museums and tours. To give you an idea though, I recorded my daily budget for the entire time I backpacked around Europe from April to June 2010 in the hope that it might just help a little bit.
This is the first in a series of posts covering the 13-14 stops I made, the first one however is for Paris where I began my journey. At the end I’ll give you all a grand total and sum up things I could have done better or skipped as well. Right with that all said, here is the figures on Paris.
|Day||Transport||Hostel||Attractions||Lunch||Dinner||Misc||Total €||Total $AU|
All of my transport costs were spent on train tickets in and around Paris. I ended up buying a mixture of individual and daily tickets by the end, it just depended on where I was going and how long I planned to be there. The metro system really is a breeze to navigate once you work out what ticket is what.
The first hostel on my trip and the only one booked before I left Australia. Initially booked for 3 nights I extended for an extra night while there without any problems. Most hostels I looked at were around the 25 euro mark. As this one was some 300-400 meters from the Sacré Coeur Basilica and breakfast included I think it worked out well for me.
Your in Paris, chances are your going to want to see a couple of Museums and probably the Eiffel Tower at least. I got caught out on my second day when I tipped 10 euro on my first free walking tour while most tipped 5 or less, I was still not thinking in euro’s as yet.
I tossed up between climbing the Arc de Triomphe or the Eiffel Tower as I couldn’t justify the cost for both. I ended up going with the Tower which to get to the second level was 9 euro, it was more to go up again to the 3rd floor but if you check out my posts on Paris, the 2nd floor does alright in the view department.
A tip you might like, if your a student and have your ID card with you museums can be as much as half price or free which really helps. For the rest of us, the Lourve cost me 9 euro and so did Musee D’Orsay on the last day I was in Paris.
You gotta eat but if your willing to test your French on the locals I found the small bakeries and food stands were by far the cheapest eats. Finding a place at night that was near closing netted me a couple of huge baquettes for just 2 euros, you would easily pay 7-8 dollars back in Australia for the same.
I didn’t hit the pubs/clubs for a big night in Paris as all of the new found exploring opportunities left me too exhausted to go out at night, not to mention that jetlag. If you do fancy a drop, budget around 5 euro a beer and you should survive.
The only extra cost I had was the 28 euro booking reservation fee for my Eurail pass to ensure I had a seat to get me to Brussels. I’ll get to my thoughts on the Eurail pass in a future post but if you have any pressing questions leave me a comment or send me an email via the contact page at the top.
Total Cost for Paris
All up I spent a total of 242 Euro or 355.88 AUD (at an exchange rate of 1 AUD = 0.68 Euro). This averaged out to just on 60 euros a day, which was below the 70 a day limit I set myself before leaving home.
If however you were to leave Australia now (November 2014) it would cost you $345.90 AUD with the current exchange rate of 1 AUD = 0.70 Euro.
Obviously there is room to swing higher and lower depending on where you book your hostel, what sights you see and how much food/drinking you do. Personally I came to Europe to see museums and the history of the place as well as party the night away if it suited me. I didn’t want to be travelling and find myself skipping things I was desperate to see because my budget for the day had already been blown.
My thoughts were to travel how I wanted not how the guy you meet at the hostel was bragging about how he saw all of Paris for just 10 euros. For some a trip to Europe could be a once in a lifetime experience don’t ruin it by under budgeting yourself.