How Much Does It Cost to Spend Two Weeks in Ljubljana, Slovenia?

Jul 30, 2015    /    budgeting + saving, get off the beaten track

Well, good morning from Slovenia. As usual, after two weeks spent in the capital city of Ljubljana, I’m sharing my budget.

In case you are new around here, a few things to keep in mind:

First, I’m working while I’m traveling, which means someone spending all their time enjoying the city, taking day trips, and eating out is likely to spend a lot more.

Second, I fall somewhere in between the extreme budget travelers and the luxury crowd. I don’t stay in hotels (usually) and I don’t couchsurf. This means that while you can easily spend more than I do, you can also easily spend a lot less by always eating in, couchsurfing or staying in cheap hostels or campgrounds.

Third, the below budget is just my day-to-day expenses. It doesn’t include yearly health insurance premiums, business expenses, etc. For details on how I manage those during full-time travel, visit this extensive post.

Okay. Now, onto what I spent on my two weeks in Ljubljana, Slovenia:

Category Euros Dollars
Accommodations 376.85  $417
Transportation 37.80  $41.83
Groceries & supplies 170.11  $188.24
Eating/drinking out 119.41  $132.13
Entertainment & activities  0
Luna (vet bills, supplies)  0
Health & wellness  0
Other 26.80  $29.66
Totals  730.97  $808.86

Notes on my spending:

You’ll notice that my entertainment budget was a 0 this two week period. This is because the activities I did were either free (for example, cycling around town or walking up to the castle early in the morning) or fell under another category (for example, my night at a live jazz performance is under eating/drinking out as it was at a food and drink venue).

As for accommodations, I found my apartment by searching monthly prices on Airbnb and asking owners if they would extend monthly pricing to me for my two week stay (usually weekly prices are based on higher nightly rates). I told owners I would be reviewing their space here on the blog and I had a couple offers. The one I chose was near the park and looked bright and comfortable in its photos (more on that later). With all this in mind, you can probably expect to pay a bit more in high season or pay rates comparable to mine in shoulder or low season.

Finally, a note on eating out. Even though it looks like I held back…I did not. I ate out a lot. The good news is that summer is a time for food festivals in Ljubljana and the prices are spectacular. Six bucks for a gourmet hamburger. Five bucks for a sandwich stuffed with spiced chicken and peppers. And I was fortunate enough to be taken out for a traditional dinner at the most traditional spot in town on my last night…and my wonderful hosts wouldn’t let me pay. Thus, my two week budget for eating and drinking out actually accounts for a lot of meals and still manages to be very reasonable.

Interested in seeing more travel budgets? You’ll find them all here.

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  • lee
    July 30, 2015

    as usual more great info
    i noticed an item in the post than reminded me to ask you about long term health insurance for an expat.
    i have been research sources for health coverage for 3 or more months at a time.

    are you now covered under a European plan or are you using a usa company?
    so far only Atena has advertised expat insurance but I have not contacted them yet.
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    • gigigriffis
      July 30, 2015

      I’m with IMG Global, but jury’s out on whether they’re any good (they are taking forever processing this year’s claims).

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