Well, it’s that time again. I’ve tallied up my spending from Paris and I’m here to share my monthly budget. This “monthly” budget actually represents just under a month’s worth of expenses (as I was away on business for the first few days of the month), but it should still give you a good jumping off point for budgeting your own City of Light adventures. As usual, if you want some more details and notes, just hop down below the numbers.
|Tiny top-floor studio apartment with shared toilet in the hall via Airbnb||837.23||$1093.00|
|Taxis + metro tickets||73.10||$95.76|
|Train to Calais to catch the ferry to the UK||45.00||$58.95|
|Entertainment and museums||100||$131|
|ATM & exchange fees||$25|
Total Euros: 1,562.93 / Total Dollars: $2,118.44
I keep track of expenses by keeping receipts (and, occasionally jotting things down if I am somewhere that doesn’t give receipts – like a farmer’s market). Some of my Parisian receipts were a little confusing when I sat down to write out my expenses, so I’ve included those items under the Miscellaneous category. At least one of those receipts was for Luna’s food and several were for coffees.
My accommodations were about as cheap as you can find if you want a private space. But if you are willing to share space, there were lots of furnished rooms available at a much lower price point (I saw nice offerings for as low as 600 euro).
I have chosen not to include ATM and exchange fees in the Euro portion of the breakdown above since presumably Europeans would either travel with euros and/or have an account with a bank that could be found in Paris.
Finally, keep in mind that: A) I am running my business while traveling, so your budget is likely to be higher if you are exploring Paris 24-7; B) my favorite things to do are eating (which is why my monthly food budgets tend to run a little high, particularly in a wonderful foodie paradise like Paris) and walking/hiking (which is why my entertainment and transportation costs often run low).
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