The goal for our RTW trip is to keep spending to under $100 USD/day.
While $100 per day is our goal, we went into Europe assuming this was not really going to be realistic. We have been traveling through Asia and Africa, where prices are much lower than back home and $100 a day was a possibility. So, we did prepare ourselves for some European sticker shock.
Even though prices were going up, we were not completely going to let it affect the way we travel. We still need to eat and find lodging and I’m not about to starve and sleep on the streets to save a buck.
Our time in the Netherlands was short (only three days) and spent only in Amsterdam. We wanted to visit the city from our earliest travel planning and it also provided us with the cheapest entry into Europe from South Africa. We had a great time thanks to our Airbnb host and after all was said and done, we tallied up our spending and hit $264.68 USD/day for 2 people. EPIC FAIL!
While this has been our highest average by far on our trip, it does take into account our traveling to get to Europe from Africa. Our flight costs from Africa made up almost the entire transportation costs here and we then only stayed for three days, which bumped the average waaaaaaay up. If we were to take out the flights to the Netherlands in our calculations, we would be closer to $130 USD per day. So, we still feel pretty good about our spending all in all.
Here we go…
Accommodations: $158.00 USD (Airbnb right in Amsterdam and a perfect location!)
Transportation: $409.72 USD (Includes flights from South Africa. We used miles to fly Business Class on Air France from Johannesburg, but still had to pay taxes and also a cover the flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg.)
Food: $194.16 USD (We enjoyed some great food and pint of beer now and again)
Sightseeing: $0 USD (We walked around the city and decided to relax before our major sightseeing was to begin once we got to Germany)
Souvenirs: $0 USD
Other: $32.15 USD (Restocked all of our toiletries and also purchased cold medicine. Side note: the cold medicine was pretty worthless!)
Total Cost: $794.03 USD
Other stats from our time in the Netherlands
# of beds slept in: 1
# airports slept in: 0
# trains/buses/airplanes slept in: 1 – Our first ever lay flat seats. Long haul flights will never be the same again.
Favorite Activity/Location: (Alana) Having lunch with an old college friend. Rachel and her husband have relocated to Amsterdam from the U.S., so it was interesting to hear what the transition has been like for them. (Matt) Strolling around seeing the canals and enjoying a great dinner with our host Eelco and his friend one evening.
Favorite Food: (Alana) Goat cheese and walnut Sandwich with a side of tomato soup at Cafe Nielsen. (Matt) A pork dish we enjoyed at a Chinese restaurant in the red light district.
Favorite Beer: (Alana) Brand Weizen at Cafe Hoppe. This bar dates back to 1670! (Matt) Brouwerij ‘t IJ IPA also found at Cafe Hoppe.
Worst Experience: (Alana) Nothing to report! We had an awesome Airbnb host (Eelco) who made our short time in Amsterdam fantastic! (Matt) Nothing bad about Amsterdam, but it was a little chilly after being in Africa for two months.
Could we live here?: Yes! We loved the ease of getting around and the laid back attitude of the city. The only drawback would be the weather. We hear it’s cloudy and cold more often than not. It was quite cold while we were there!
How do you think we did?! Did you think the daily average would be lower?