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Old 10-19-2016, 02:32 AM
 
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We are traveling in Europe (from NYC) and think we can do the whole two week trip for $5000.00 (As a couple.)

Friends and family tell us we are crazy and they spent about $400 a day as a couple in Europe for hotel, transportation, tours, admission and food. (Plus $1200 a person for airfare.) So a two week trip would be closer to $10,000.

How much would you budget for a trip to Europe?
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Old 10-19-2016, 05:26 AM
 
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Where are you going and where are you staying?

We did airbnb and spent about 5000. But we also didn't go over the top luxury anywhere on the trip or do a lot of shopping. We made several meals at our rentals and were content walking around for the most part. It can really be as expensive or cheap as you make it. That said some countries are more expensive than others...5000 in London? Not likely. 5000 in Croatia (after air)? totally doable.
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Old 10-19-2016, 05:52 AM
 
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We go to Europe pretty often, and $5000 for 2 weeks is pretty unrealistic. You could do it, of course, but it would mean middle to lower class of hotels, buying food in grocery stores and saving restaurants for a treat, transportation would be mostly by foot LOL. Europe is very expensive. Very.

If you decided to go to central Europe, say Poland or Hungary or Croatia, you could get by much cheaper than Western Europe (France, Italy, Spain, England, etc). We recently went to Poland and loved it. People were so sweet, hotels were reasonable, food was delicious and not terribly expensive. We went to see th salt mines (magnificent!!), Auchwitz (fascinating and soulful), Warsaw (beautiful!) etc. That trip was far more reasonable and just as interesting as other parts of Europe.

Hope you have a grand trip.
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Old 10-19-2016, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Europe- large continent with costs varying hugely by location and season. The Holiday Inn Express/Motel One/Ibis that's somewhat basic but clean, newer, and pleasant that runs 150 in London can run you half that in touristy parts of Germany or Spain. The luxury ski resort that's 1000 in winter during ski season goes for 180 a night in the summer if you're a fan of warmer weather Alpine recreation.

You can also bring costs down a lot by playing the points and miles game. I'm currently kicking around a trip back there for two weeks, and have enough frequent flyer miles to bring down the flight costs to $100-$150 per person in airport taxes. Most of the nights are going to be hotel reward program freebies- have a whole bunch of Le Club Accor points from doing market research surveys and such, and hey, nothing wrong with the well-reviewed Ibis/Ibis Styles/Novotel sorts of properties where 95% of your fellow guests are Europeans. I'm figuring about $2K out of pocket largely eating at chain pubs, museum cafes, coffee shops and such, and the biggest expense will probably be rental car since the Spousal Unit doesn't think a VW Polo is appropriate size for an adult human being.
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Old 10-19-2016, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
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$5000 would last me three months in Europe.

It's whatever you make of your budget and time over there.

I definitely think $5000 is comfortably doable for two people. To the point that I would feel horrible spending that much money in just two weeks.

A few things that I think are worth pointing out is that, 1) you should not be spending $1200 on airfare. Especially from NYC, I think you can easily find something for around $500-800 round-trip. I would never spend more than $700 on flights to and from Europe, from Toronto on Canadian dollars, which are something like 20% less valuable than USD right now.

2) Try AirBnB for accommodation instead of hotels. You can get really nice rooms, where two people can easily stay extremely comfortably for 50-60/night.

If you consider even just those things, you can bring your budget down still. Or at the very least manage an excellent and comfortable trip at 5K.
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Old 10-19-2016, 09:40 AM
 
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It absolutely depends where and when you are going what you will do there, where you will eat, etc. Your question is far too broad to provide any real answers. The airfare budget alone could be right on, or almost twice as much as you need.


If someone asked what their budget should be for two weeks in the US, how would you answer them?
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Old 10-19-2016, 10:12 AM
 
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We are traveling in Europe (from NYC) and think we can do the whole two week trip for $5000.00 (As a couple.)

Friends and family tell us we are crazy and they spent about $400 a day as a couple in Europe for hotel, transportation, tours, admission and food. (Plus $1200 a person for airfare.) So a two week trip would be closer to $10,000.

How much would you budget for a trip to Europe?
Where are you going?
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Old 10-19-2016, 10:17 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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It absolutely depends where and when you are going what you will do there, where you will eat, etc. Your question is far too broad to provide any real answers. ....
True, Europe is a pretty broad cost region. Very seasonal


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$5000 would last me three months in Europe.

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True, We just did 10 month RTW for well under $30k (Rental cars / campers / fuel were by far the largest costs)

What is your budget and tastes? and essentially WHERE are your destinations? and mode of transportation?


We do $10/ night guest homes WW (for the last 25+ yrs). Spectacular compared to our 8 Air B&B (Terrible for us). We only did 4 Hotels in 10 months.

Eat using local markets / grocery stores

Fly inner region on <$50 budget carriers (as low as 12 Euro on Ryanair)
NYC to Europe is dirt cheap, <$400 RT is very ez. We just added trips for Christkindlmarket (not cheap) for under $300 RT Air

Never bought a 'Hop-on-hop-off bus' ($30 - $50/ day) Used local travel $4- $10 / day. used FREE bikes from our $10 / night hosts (Who usually pack a free lunch for us, and provide breakfast too).

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Old 10-19-2016, 10:24 AM
 
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Also most cities have a free walking tour. It won't get you into the main sites, but you'll definitely learn a lot more. They're not really free, you tip what you deem the tour was worth.
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Old 10-19-2016, 10:55 AM
 
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My brother and I spent ~ 3 weeks in Europe and it came out to be a little over 6k. We did hostels to save money, but in order to not hinder our Eurotrip experience, we didn't really spare money on much else unless it was a hefty amount. Traveled from the south of Italy to the border of Switzerland and ended in the South of France.

Dunno what your friends and family are talking about unless they're drinking champagne and eating caviar every few days...a 10k trip for 2 weeks is quite a bit.
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