How to Travel Europe for $2,000 A Month

by gigigriffis

Photo: Bellinzona, Switzerland

[Updated post! Visit How Much My Digital Nomad Lifestyle Costs: Real Budget Numbers from Nearly 5 Years on the Road for the latest budget figures.]

After last week’s financial expert interview, I thought it would be nice to pull together all my old European budget posts for reference.

As I make my way through Europe, I do it on a budget of $2,000 per month (not including a few large overall expenses like yearly health insurance premiums, some business purchases, etc.) For Europe, this is a low- to mid-range budget. You can easily travel cheaper by housesitting, couch surfing, doing a home exchange (assuming you have a home to exchange), or even living with roommates (something I rarely do). But you can also easily travel Europe for twice as much by moving quicker (monthly rentals cost 1/4 as much as nightly prices over time), eating out all the time, etc.

Anyhow, enough preamble. Below you’ll find my monthly and/or weekly/daily breakdowns for stays in places like Paris, Italy, and Croatia. And below those you’ll find a few financial tip posts, info on how I save money while traveling full-time, and info on my large overall expenses.

Budgets for Europe:

A Month in Paris

A Month in Biarritz, France

A Month in Italy’s Umbrian Countryside

A Month in the Swiss Alps

Two weeks in Ljubljana, Slovenia

A Month in Kobarid, Slovenia

A Month in Toledo, Spain

A Month in the South of Spain

A Long Weekend in Emilia Romagna, Italy

A Month in Split, Croatia

A Month in Edinburgh, Scotland

Two Weeks in Chamonix, France

Financial Tips, Tricks, & FAQs

Overall Expenses When Traveling Full-Time

How I Make Money While Traveling Full-Time

How to Save Money (Or Maybe Even Make Money) On Your Next Vacation

(Looking for more? I post my budgets on a regular basis here. And if you’d like to get them and my other posts in your email twice per week, click here.)

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10 comments

Patrick Dobbins January 19, 2015 - 8:13 am

Hi GG how was Malta for you? Hope You had an interesting time! If you have any questions related to retirement or anything related to the Country, I would be very glad to assist You. Good journeys and much success.
If you are in Switzerland, say hello to Bad Bellingen, about 25 min. From Basel. Gasthaus Panorama is my favorite. Be sure to visit Foundation Beyeler ( Most visited Museum in Swiss.) and the Vitra Design Center, Just across the German border.
Sincerely, Patrick D.

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gigigriffis January 19, 2015 - 9:34 am

Thanks, Patrick! I’m actually still in Gozo, which I’m loving. Such a pretty countryside up here! I’ll be in touch for sure about that article. Cheers!

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Kathryn January 19, 2015 - 8:25 am

Looking forward to your Swiss budget. I have been tossing around going back to Europe later in the year and a friend in Geneva said he’d be away for 3 weeks, did I want to housesit? :) I stayed with him last year and it was dreadfully expensive but then I was in holiday mode.

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gigigriffis January 19, 2015 - 9:36 am

Yeah. Geneva tends to run on the expensive sid. My budget will be for the Alps, but hopefully it’ll be helpful for city-goers as well. The one really good thing is that last time I checked the dollar had become much stronger against the franc than it has been during my year there, so finance-wise this year looks like a good time to go.

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Kathryn January 19, 2015 - 2:56 pm

That’s good to know. I’m in Australia but have a US bank account I get paid into. It might be worth leaving it that account. The Australian dollar seems to be going down. It’s funny, when people talk about the benefits of travel, they rarely mention that you become an “expert” on international money markets :)

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