If you’re paying attention you might have noticed that I’m sometimes mentioning the price of things as I go along. It’s true that I’m from Yorkshire where we rival the Scots with our reputation for being careful with money but that’s not my main purpose. We’re attempting something we’ve never done before, which is to spend the same as we do as home on our travels. Being retired and on a fixed income means that we need to watch the pennies and we want to have the freedom to do this kind of trip every year if we can.
Before we left I kept a strict tally of everything we spent for several months on a neat little app on my phone called Pocket Expense. It was a real eye opener. I can recommend it to anyone who wonders where the pennies and pounds go. We found, for instance, that we spent more on eating out than we would ever have imagined. If you’d asked I would have said ‘We hardly ever eat out’. Well the evidence said otherwise. The scones, coffees, carvery dinners and trips to Dobbies really add up over a month.
Anyway, that exercise gave us an interesting break down of expenses but also a weekly total.
Going away from home for two or three months doesn’t relieve us of most of our normal outgoings (Council tax, Sky, Phone and Broadband, Gas and Electric etc.) so we did the maths and found that we had around @£280 per week to spend on our travels. This equates to €350 per week to include accommodation, food, diesel, entertainment – everything in fact.
As we go along I’ll put an occasional expenses breakdown on here that might be of interest to anyone planning to do a similar trip.
We might not manage it and it’s fine if we don’t. We’ve got a wee cushion. But it would be great to discover that we can toddle round Europe for no more money than it costs to stay in Bathgate.