Travel Budget Update

Our travel budget for the first 52 days on the road covering The East coast of the US, Ireland, and England.

We did better on travel budget than I had hoped for!  Better in that we were under budget almost $1500 for this period. If you break it down, at less than $50 / person / day for US and Europe travel, it isn’t so bad.

The total travel budget for this period was $11,740.  I know, seriously ouch. But if you break it down it is just over $56 per person per day.  This number is much more reasonable and my heartbeat calms down when I look at it compared to the larger number!

Some things to factor in:

  • I have used US dollars exclusively. Everything was converted at the exact exchange rate we got either for cash or that our bank changed us.We were in Dublin for St Patrick’s Day, so everything was more expensive than usual.
  • We already had Disney annual passes, so we didn’t have to pay for Disney admission.
  • We had to pay for some travel changes in NYC / Hartford due to a blizzard.
  • We rented cars. With 4 people this was generally more affordable than public transport, but with less than 4 people, the math starts not to work in favor of a car. Some locales like rural Ireland require a car however.
  • We both like/love data. We are keeping track of everything. There are no expenses that are no included except for the annual rate that we pay for our Travel Insurance.  I’ll cover this under another post.

This was our budget for the first 52 days on the road broken down.

Days Location Accommodation plan Date Cost PPPD Total per day
2 Melbourne with friends/Fam 2/24/2017 $ 35 $ 280
5 Disney Hotel 2/26/2017 $ 50 $ 1,000
4 NC with friends/Fam 3/3/2017 $ 40 $ 640
4 DC Airbnb 3/7/2017 $ 80 $ 1,280
3 NY Hotel 3/11/2017 $ 100 $ 1,200
2 Hartford / Flight Hotel 3/14/2017 $ 60 $ 480
3 Dublin Airbnb 3/16/2017 $ 80 $ 960
6 SW Ireland Airbnb 3/19/2017 $ 45 $ 1,080
7 Near Galway Sykes Cottage 3/25/2017 $ 45 $ 1,260
3 Belfast Hotel 4/1/2017 $ 60 $ 720
1 Dublin Hotel 4/4/2017 $ 80 $ 320
3 Bebington with friends/Fam 4/5/2017 $ 30 $ 360
7 Yorkshire VRBO 4/8/2017 $ 60 $ 1,680
2 Bebington with friends/Fam 4/15/2017 $ 60 $ 480
52 Total $11,740

 

Actuals Spent in each location

Location Total $ Spent Budget Budget – Actual
Melbourne $214.81 $280 $ 65.19
Disney $873.24 $1000 $ 126.76
NC $772.77 $640 $ (132.77)
DC $1311.42 $1280 $ (31.42)
NY $1129.77 $1200 $ 70.23
Hartford / Flight $414.25 $480 $ 65.75
Dublin $916.05 $960 $ 43.95
SW Ireland $1062.26 $1080 $ 17.74
Near Galway $736.55 $1260 $ 523.45
Belfast $894.74 $720 $ (174.74)
Dublin $405.56 $320 $ (85.56)
Bebington $191.53 $360 $ 168.47
Yorkshire $1298.60 $1680 $ 381.40
Bebington $52.81 $480 $ 427.19
Total $10274.36 $11740 $1465.64

$49.40 ended up being our per person per day and we were under budget by $7.04 per person per day. Based on our budget, we were under our plan by about 12.5%

 

So where did all this money go?

Activities 1138.59
Clothing 79.32
Entertainment 76.3
Food $2,627.05
Gift 45.23
Lodging 3494.94
Misc 194.56
Transportation $2,618.36
Grand Total $10,274.35

 

Breaking out a couple of the big categories:

Transportation:

Flight 392.4
Gas $194.89
Parking 5.02
Public 151.79
Taxi 281.38
Tip 5
Tolls $20.08
Train 463.44
Grand Total $2,618.36

$12.59 per person per day for transportation

 

Food:

Coffee 21.8275
Delivery 40
Fast Food $247.99
Grocery 810.1463
Restaurant 1454.774
Snack $22.44
Treat 29.87
Grand Total $2,627.05

$12.63 per person per day for food

 

Lodging:

Airbnb 1513
Gas 32.1
Hotel 904.82
Sykes 340.81
VRBO 704.21
Grand Total 3494.94

$16.08 per person per day for lodging

In my next budget post, I’ll cover what a month in London costs!

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