Obrien World Tour

Italy Budget

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Accommodations: $1887

This month we stayed mostly at Airbnbs and 1 hotel.

Travel/Car : $656

We ended up renting a car for most of time we where in Italy. It made more sense then the trains. This includes car rental, gas, tolls, and trains/buses in Rome.

Food: $ 1802

We ate and ate and ate! Pizza and gelato almost everyday..

Entertainment:  $306

this month we did a few things that cost extra money; bikes in Lucca, gondola in Venice, and Pompeii to just name a few.

Other:  $192

This includes post cards,/stamps, clothing, SIM cards, and trinkets. We also needed to pick up a new hard drive this month :(

The Italy food and wine really got to the budget this month. But yum were they good.

 

 

 

Spain Budget

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Accommodations: $448

This month we stayed with a family we met through helpx.net. In exchange for room/board we helped them with some moving. babysitting, etc. This was a great opportunity to learn about the culture from a families view. We also stayed in an apartment in Madrid.

Travel/Car : $814

We didn't really have to much travel this month. This covered train passes, flight to Rome, and gas for the families car.

Food: $ 1174

To save money, we mostly cooked our meals and packed lunches. We shared the groceries while we stayed in Spain so this was a bit lower than it could of been.

Entertainment:  $41

We only paid for swimming at the pool and tickets to the astronomic

Other:  $192

This includes post cards,/stamps, clothing, SIM cards, and trinkets.

The helpx really saved our budget this month. There are lots of opportunities on there to do all kinds of work exchanges. We really got lucky with Montse and her amazing family!

 

 

 

Ireland, Belgium, and France Budget

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Accommodations: $3648

Ouch! We spent a lot this month. The houseboat really did us in but it was so worth it! The rest of the month we stayed at cottages and just a few hotels.

Travel/Car : $1160

This included train passes, a rental car to get to/from houseboat, gas,  and bus from Belgium to Paris.

Food: $ 1680

To save money, we mostly cooked our meals and packed lunches. The yummy patisseries in France were hard to pass up.

Entertainment:  $219

We did really well on entertainment!  Here we went to the Louvre, walked the steps of the Eiffel tour, and took a boat ride on the canal in Belgium.  Mostly we just checked out the sites which is free.

Other:  $219

This includes post cards,/stamps, clothing, SIM cards, and trinkets.

It was an expensive month but I wouldn't of changed anything.

 

 

 

Iceland, England, Wales, and Scotland Budget

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Accommodations: $1782

We had 3 free nights; 2 free hotels stays in exchange for reviews on globetotting.com and 1 free night at a friends in Oxford. We stayed at mostly in rentals including a caravan and a yurt! Plus a few hotels and apartments as well.

Travel/Car : $1397

This included rental cars in Iceland, Ireland, and around the UK and Flight from Scotland to Ireland. it also covered all gas/tolls.

Food: $ 1337

To save money, we mostly cooked our meals and packed lunches.

Entertainment:  $270

We did really well on entertainment! There were lots of fun free things to do in these areas; hiking, castle/fort exploring, museums, and city walks. We splurged on the Harry Potter experience, a castle walking tour, and festivals! We did get one free activity in exchange for a review- Boucne Below!

Other:  $214

This includes post cards,/stamps, clothing, and trinkets.

Overall I think we did a great job!

 

 

 

Budget

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BUDGET

Our budget for this trip is $150 per day:

We ended up spending closer to $175 a day. Along the way we decided that we'd rather come home earlier then to not do everything we wanted to do. It was the best decision for us. We also could of saved money by not seeing as many places in one country but again we wanted it ALL.

Passports and Flights from Chicago-Iceland- London aren't reflected in the budget. We paid for these well before we left.. Flight was $2000