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Another month, another budge recap. Here’s our full review of our April budget for 2018.
For those of you interested in a complete breakdown for our entire trip, you can access our budget tracking spreadsheet here. We spent a few hours redoing it late last year and it’s made seeing our expenses at a glance super easy. Give us a shoutout in the comments if you like it!
Trip Budget(s) vs. Budget Overview
A quick refresher on the budgets we cover in our monthly review. Our trip budgets show what we spent on a trip that lasts anywhere from 3-10 days. If you’re planning a trip to this same location, it should give you an idea of expected travel expenses.
April 2018 Trip Budgets
We started picking up the pace in March and made it to several different locations – including our first stop in Europe! Here’s a recap of each trip/location.
Read our trip recap for Florence.
We came out $153.11 behind compared to our budget.
- Where we splurged: The biggest expenses of this trip weren’t planned. My suitcase was on its last leg and lugging it through the stone streets of Florence convinced us it was time to buy a new suitcase. While we were at it, we ordered a replacement backpack at the same time too. In addition, we purchased a few souvenirs and had to pay much more to store our luggage than we were expecting. This is also one of the rare months where we’re over on food. You guys – we’re not mad about it. Spending the money on food in Florence was totally worth it. Bring on the fresh pasta, wine and pizza, my friends!
- Where we saved: Our airbnb was in a great location, so we walked everywhere and didn’t have to use public transportation. Also, due to lucky timing, we were in Florence on the first Sunday of the month when all museums have free entry. We were able to save a little money there and still see some sites.
Bari, Italy & Southern Italy Day Trips
Read our trip recap for Bari.
We came out $3.79 behind compared to our budget.
- Where we splurged: We tried really hard to rein in our spending in Bari since we’d gone over budget in Florence. If not for having to mail a package back to the US (which cost $55.45), we would have been under here too. Our accommodation budget was slightly over as well, but we added an additional night to our stay late in the planning phase.
- Where we saved: We only went out to eat twice in Bari and once was for lunch. Also, most of the site seeing in this region was outdoors and free, which helped keep our costs down.
Amalfi Coast, Italy
Read our trip recap for the Amalfi Coast.
We came out $688.65 ahead compared to our budget.
- Where we splurged: We didn’t really splurge in Amalfi. We knew the area was going to be expensive because it’s a tourist destination and tried very hard to keep our spending in check.
- Where we saved: Thank goodness for Airbnb. Accommodations in this area are notoriously expensive (around $200/night) and we really didn’t want to pay that much. Luckily we were able to find some nice options through airbnb that helped us cut expenses. Per ususal, we kept our food and entertainment spending check here too.
Palermo, Italy (in Sicily)
Read our trip recap for Palermo.
We came out $121.26 ahead compared to our budget.
- Where we splurged: Again, not a lot of splurging happening in Palermo. We were pretty wiped out from hopping between several locations in the Amalfi Coast and ended up just spending time relaxing and working in Palermo. Our one miscellaneous expense was Scott finally getting a hair and it was totally worth the 10 euro!
- Where we saved: We had budgeted for a day trip by train that we didn’t end up taking and all of our entertainment was free.
Our flight to Greece took off from Rome, so we also had a quick overnight stay there. In total, we spent $142.72 on transportation to/from the airport, accommodations and food for the night.
Total April Budget Numbers for 2018
Trip + One Way Flights/Trains = $4,735.00
Actual Spend = $4,184.07
April proved to be one of our tighter months. We spent 88% of our allocated budget and the variance between budgeted and actual spend is +$550.93.
For the first eight months of our trip we’re now at +$8,887.65 compared to our budget. Again, we’re always happy to see our budget surplus grow. At this point, we think it’s even safe to say we’ll come back to the states with some money in our pockets. We weren’t sure that was even going to be possible when we first started out. Yay!
If you want to see all the details, view our Google budget tracking spreadsheet.
Post your travel budget questions in the comments! We’d love to help you budget for an upcoming trip in Europe or anywhere else in the world.