When you leave to travel an entire continent for 90 days, you come home feeling as if everything has changed, even though it hasn’t.
That was me when I drove into my hometown on the evening of September 2nd, exactly 92 days after my boyfriend and I flew from Toronto to Lisbon to begin a journey that would take us from mountain tops to sea shores and glaciers to palm trees. With no plan and no idea where we would visit throughout the next months backpacking Europe, we took our first steps on a life-changing adventure.
The answer is we didn’t need that much. Here are the stats of what we spent traveling 25 countries (roughly 14,500km) in a span of 3 months.
3 months unlimited Eurail pass- $1,216/each
Direct flight from Toronto to Lisbon- $290/ each
Flight from Oslo to Toronto- $370/each
Average daily budget (including all accommodation, food, souvenirs, clothes)- $40/day ($20/each)
In the end, we went under our daily budget spending only $3129 of the $3600 we gave ourselves, averaging a daily spending of $35. Nothing was left out of the budget, and included everything from 30 cent coffees in Slovenia to an outrageous $167 day in Amsterdam (whoops). Below I’ve attached a picture of the tracker we used on our trip that recorded what we had spent at the end of each day.
The total for our 3 month trip to Europe came to $3,440.5 ($1,216 + $290 + $370 + $1,564.5) per person for everything.