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May proved to be an expensive month for us…Here’s our full review of our May 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.
May 2018 Trip Budgets
We zigzagged across Greece, Italy and France in May. Here’s a recap of each trip/location.
Greece: Athens, Olympia, Napflio and Santorini
Read our trip recap for Greece. (coming soon!)
We came out $168.43 behind compared to our budget.
- Where we splurged: Not sure if “splurged” is the right word but we certainly overspent on transportation, particularly when it came to paying for tolls and fuel. Driving in Europe is just plain expensive. It hit us hard in the pocketbook but the freedom was worth it. Even though we were technically under budget on food, we spent more than usual on our food options. We ate plenty of gyros, that’s for sure. Greek food is just too tasty to pass up so we ended up eating out quite a bit.
- Where we saved: We didn’t really save much anywhere, haha! Greek food is too good to skimp on, all the historical sights cost money, and lodging/transportation costs are what they are – so not much saving happened. We used our budget to the fullest.
Read our trip recap for Rome. (coming soon!)
We came out $348.87 ahead compared to our budget.
- Where we splurged: We splurged wisely in Rome. We bought a private pizza making class, which was so much fun. We also went on a gelato tour. We found out what makes the best gelato places stand out and finished the day making our own tiramisu.
- Where we saved: Transportation – we walked everywhere! By the end of most days our feet ached and we felt we really earned a gelato. And while our pizza/gelato tours were fancy, they were classified as Entertainment, not Food. We only ate groceries in Rome.
France: Strasbourg, Beaune, Annecy
Read our trip recap for France. (coming soon!)
We came out $320.30 ahead compared to our budget.
- Where we splurged: Again, not much of a “splurge” but we surely overspent on transportation due to tolls and fuel. Also I, Hayley, broke my wrist, so that was an unexpected cost as well. Worst. Splurges. Ever.
- Where we saved: Our entertainment budget saved us here. We were with my mom (Terri) in France so our entertainment was mostly spending time with her. Food and drink was also pretty sparse. We aren’t huge wine people and France isn’t known for good peasant food, so we just did the grocery thing.
San Remo, Italy
Read our trip recap for the Italian Riviera. (coming soon!)
We came out $415.32 ahead compared to our budget.
- Where we splurged: We had a doctor’s appointment and a boatload of road fees to pay for. If you’ve made it this far here is a super secret tip: driving in France, Italy, or Greece (or much of Europe for that matter) is expensive. Fuel is roughly $7 a gallon and tolls are everywhere. You’ve been warned.
- Where we saved: We had such a nice view in San Remo we didn’t feel the need to roam all over the town. Frankly we’ve had our fill of Italy for some time now, so we didn’t mind staying in and eating home cooked meals.
Total May Budget Numbers for 2018
Trip + One Way Flights/Trains = $7,392.00
Actual Spend = 6,223.19
May was an expensive month simply due to our location choices. In fact, it was the most we’ve spent on travel in a month since we started our trip on September 2017. We spent 85% of our allocated budget and the variance between budgeted and actual spend is +$1,105.81.
For the first nine months of our trip we’re now at +9,993.46 compared to our budget. We’re especially glad to have this cushion since we’re anticipating several more medical expenses as we see doctors for follow up care for my wrist.
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.