Money. Dollars. Euros. Pounds. Krone. Whatever you call it. You need some to live and you need even more to travel. But, how much is enough? That’s a question I’m having a hard time answering. There are, quite literally, thousands of people doing travel blogging right now. And after scrolling through about fifty different blogs this is what I found out: There is no answer!
Travel blogger Wandering Earl started travelling in 1999 with $1500 in his pocket. He made it work. He’s still travelling. A friend of mine just spent $3700 on a five star week-long trip to the Caribbean. At that rate I would need to save almost $200,000! That’s just not realistic. Nice, but not realistic.
Our goal is $100 per day for the two of us together. That number includes hotel, food, all transportation including airfares, and fun. There’s no point in doing this if you aren’t having fun. Unfortunately, fun costs money.
A hundred bucks a day. It’s actually not that much. Stop and think about that number for a second. Ask yourself, how much did you spend on your last hotel stay? Your last nice meal out? A movie with snacks? Are you already above $100? That’s the challenge we are giving ourselves. And to be honest, I’m not sure we are going to succeed.
I did a quick online search for admission prices to the Tower of London. The gate price of £24.50 with today’s conversion rate makes it $46.75 per person. This leaves us with just $6.50 for accommodations and food. You can’t even rent a room in Luton for that price. The Eiffel tower in Paris is a deal at $23.50 for the elevator and only $7.50 if you take the stairs. Or save your money for crepes and take a picture from the bottom for free.
Anyone own an empty chateau in France? Maybe a nice Italian villa? I think we’re going to need some help here.