Mid-way travel expense total
I bet some of you are wondering how much money I’ve spent on travel so far this year. Well, I guess you could look back and add up my weekly spending recaps or check out my trip reports, but it would probably be a lot easier if you checked out this awesome spreadsheet I just made. Feel free to click to make it bigger. :)
Everything is up-to-date as of a few days ago. Any blank space indicates something I haven’t booked yet, and because of that the Average Cost of each trip is inaccurate. It takes into account trips we haven’t gone on yet, so just ignore that box.
Now, here are the cost break downs per trip, and per day:
Individually, each trip hasn’t been that expensive. And even the Average Price Per Day (w/travel expenses) is pretty low at €85.10 ($110.15) for Western Europe. Although, I guess it’s kind of cheating since we have my HostelBookers.com sponsorship, which has saved us well over $3,500 combined so far this year. And when you add everything up, I’ve spent €4,079.65, or $5,267.73 so far this year on travel – and the majority of our trips are still to come. :|
We are going to really tighten our belts and try to keep our costs down in August. I expect that month will cost me around $2,000-$2,500, now that I’m not going back to Vancouver. And I think that when we finally do leave Europe in December, I will end up spending around $10,000 on travel for the year. But that $10,000 will amount to visiting 20 different countries spread over almost an entire year, and I honestly consider it to be completely worth it. Sure, that cash could have been put towards my mortgage, into an RRSP, or saved for something else, but this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. And 30 years from now, I’ll still be happy with my decision. :)
Call me nerdy, but I’m really excited to see what the final total ends up being, as well as how much I spent in total just living here in Germany. Let me know if you have any questions, and I’d be happy to answer them!
Author: Krystal Yee
I’m a writer, personal finance blogger, and marketing professional based in Vancouver. I’m a former Toronto Star (Moneyville) columnist, author of The Beginner’s Guide to Saving and Investing, and co-founder of the Canadian Personal Finance Conference. When I’m not working, you can usually find me running, playing field hockey, or plotting my next adventure.