Paris for Free?

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.

eiffel tower
Eiffel Tower, 2014

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.

9 thoughts on “Paris for Free?

  1. Yes sometimes you will have to take a picture besides the place and be proud that you are there…The big money grabs are usually just that…and you leave a bit disappointed. Around the corner or back 2 blocks or a bike ride out of town will probably net you better satisfaction…Go with your budget of 100 per day…if you include asian countries and south america as 75% of your travels and stay in hostels…most have rooms for couples..the hostel stays is where you will learn about each towns hidden gems. Dont over plan…keep an open mind and welcome surprises….

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  2. My 2cents – don’t miss the really BIG items on your list. You may never return and you don’t want to leave with regrets. One of the things that may help save a little money here and there are taking FREE walking tours. Look for them online. You can find them in most major cities. You are lead often by a local college student who is knowledgable about the area. We have found these to be great quality. Of course a tip is appropriate and well deserved, but does help the budget as well as giving you a wonderful introduction to a city.

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    1. We’ve never taken a free walking tour. We have seen them advertised before but wondered about the quality. We will definitely have to look into it. That’s a great idea.

      If we really want to do something, we WILL do it. In South America we are doing the Inca Trail hike. It’s the only thing that I really care about, so it’s worth the money. I’m not getting any younger! If I don’t do it now, I might never get the chance again.

      Thanks for your comments!

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  3. Good for you. I travel solo and I average more than that, not counting long distance airfare, but I’m older and these days I want more comforts. Not a lot more though, and it does depend so much on where you are. Asia, at least SEA, is so much cheaper than Europe, eastern than western Europe, etc.

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      1. Sorry, but the two for one deals with a British Rail travelcard for London is a much better deal than a London Pass if there are two of you. Even if there’s only one, all the biggest museums are free. And with a daily cap on transport costs with a travelcard or Oyster, you’re much better off using public tranport instead of the pricey and usually over-crowded HoHo.

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