The goal for our RTW trip is to keep spending to under $100 USD/day.
We were pretty excited for our trip to Germany, and not just because of the German sausage and beer we’d be consuming. What was causing the extra excitement was that we would be meeting up with a friend we met in Les (Bali) as well as a former co-worker. AND, we had family visiting!
We were lucky enough to have portions of our lodging covered (thanks Carina and Mom/Dad!) during our time in Germany, so we weren’t exactly sure how our spending would shake out. However, since we knew some money wouldn’t be going towards accommodations, we figured we may as well have a great time and enjoy plenty of food and tasty beer!
So, after all was said and done, we tallied up spending for our 15 day stay in Germany and hit $114.25 USD/day for 2 people. FAIL!
Again, this is over the $100 a day goal, but we aren’t really planning on seeing our daily average under that amount while in Europe. So, we feel just fine with our spending and understand it would have been much higher if we had to pay for all of our accommodations during our time in Germany.
Here we go…
Accommodations: $172.72 USD (Hotel room in Muhlhausen. All other lodging was provided by our friend Carina and Matt’s parents. Yes, we realize how lucky we are here.)
Transportation: $613.65 USD (Multiple trains, flight from Berlin to Munich and public transportation in each city.)
Food: $809.05 USD (This number includes many liters of German beer and a good amount of pretzels.)
Sightseeing: $82.61 USD (Lots museums in Berlin and Munich.)
Souvenirs: $0 USD
Other: $35.74 USD (Toilet fees and some vitamins for Alana)
Total Cost: $1,713.77 USD
Other stats from our time in Germany
# of beds slept in: 5
# airports slept in: 0
# trains/buses/airplanes slept in: 0
Favorite Activity/Location: (Alana) Having drinks with Matt’s parents at the Hofbräuhaus in Munich. (Matt) Getting together with a former co-worker (Thomas), friend (Carina) from Bali and our parents.
Favorite Food: (Alana) It was asparagus season in Germany and was cold and rainy most days, so I ate my fill of piping hot asparagus soup. (Matt) The schnitzel in Hamburg; it was from a local place and was huge!
Favorite Beer: (Alana) The dunkel at Augustiner in Munich (Matt) I enjoyed most German beers, but I tended to go with the Munich Helles Lager.
Worst Experience: (Alana) Nothing to report. The most difficult obstacle we encountered was trying to use a washing machine where all the dials were in German! (Matt) None, except maybe some chilly days in Berlin and Munich.
Could we live here? We really enjoyed our time in Germany, but our lack of speaking German would probably keep us from living here. It really is a great country and we wouldn’t hesitate to return.
How do you think we did?! Did you think the daily average would be higher?