A few recent posts have got me wondering about a personal pet peeve.
And that is a tendency of some posters on this and other forums to squeeze a dollar until it bleeds and then some. Note I am not suggesting blowing money. Save where and when you can.
But a trip to Europe is NEVER going to be cheap. On average you are probably in for a few hundred dollars a day per person. So every waking hour is worth something from a monetary perspective. But we see posts where the OP is trying to save a relatively small amount of money at the cost of several hours of time. Or at huge inconvenience. Or sometimes both.
So I guess the question is what is your personal view on saving money but spending time or enjoyment.
My view is as follows. In Paris the first day we walked several kilometers through the city. Not so much to save time but to “be in Paris”. We also took public transportation but one even after a long day my dad was getting very tired (86 at the time) so I found a taxi and the driver was ridiculously high for his charge to take us to our hotel. I knew he was over charging and I could see a row of taxis not that far away, and I started to tell him no. But I looked at my father and said “screw it” and got in the taxi. Because at that point it was not worth the cost savings to make my dad keep walking. I mean it was an 18 day trip to Europe costing thousands, saving 15 or 20 bucks was just not worth the hassle at that point in time. I just wanted to enjoy my time in Paris.
Another example I stayed a bit out of the tourist area (if there is one) in London my first trip. And it cost about 15 to 30 each way each of my 6 days. Or about 3 to 6 hours of my time. 6 days in London only gives about 66 hours of doing tourist stuff. (6x (15-1 hour getting dressed, 2 hours of eating and 1 misc = 11).
My second trip was also 6 days this time I spent a bit more for a closer in more conveniently located hotel and saved that 3 to 6 hours. But I have seen people staying another full hour away. Or 12 full hours of travel more over 6 days. Or basically giving up one full day.
So what do others think of the money vs time of convenience argument?