This is why I like to say my budget for a 2 week trip to Europe is under $3,500. I could be wrong.
$1,500.00 plane tickets
$780.00 hotels and hostels
$180.00 taxis to and from Detroit Metro airport
$250.00 long distance ground transportation in Europe
$120.00 local ground transportation.
$80.00 "free" guided tours
$100.00 other expenses
$325.00 museum and sight entrance fees
$3,605.00 supposed maximum trip total
Past trips cost me just under $2,600 to just under $3,100 US dollars. Some costs are wild guesses because my budget isn’t as strict as I make it seem. My actual final cost could be up to $800 or more less.
Explanations: If I can help it, I try to spend less than $1,500 on plane tickets. Food isn’t a strict budget. My original reason for buying food from grocery stores in Europe was because I was afraid restaurant food was bad for you. I still am not a fan of fancy restaurants with table service. Cost is based on about $45 per week at home and a wild guess of 3x that amount while traveling. I try to spend under $60 per night on logging. I will stay in private rooms if I don’t see an appealing hostel room in a town I am visiting. Actual cost per any given night could be as little as about $20 or more than $60. Yes I realize that in the USA you can’t get a decent hotel for under $75 a night but Europe has cheap rooms of a kind absent in the USA. Yes I do have a Michigan drivers license. I own a car. I think I would be too tired to drive home from the airport in Michigan. I have never rented a car. I plan to not take taxi in Europe. But in Greece I took 4 taxi rides. “Free” tours is based on a wild guess of 4 tours x $20 tip for each. I believe I may be over-estimating the costs of ground transportation in Europe just to make sure I come in under budget. Cost of museums and sights is based on my wild guess of $25 on average x 13 days.