On our long foray to the European mainland we spent just over two months from April to June travelling around Europe in our campervan. I always monitor the spending of our trips. Sp how did the spending go? For various reasons this trip was certainly more expensive than our autumn trip to Spain and Portugal. Here is the breakdown in sterling:
- Diesel – £610 (Croatia is quite a long way and we travelled over 4,200 miles)
- Supermarket shopping – £956 (we did stock up on wine)
- Cafes, restaurants & ice-creams – £467
- Campsites – £983 (for 64 nights)
- Tolls, bus & train fares & parking – £218
- Entrance fees – £279 (including about £100 for the Krka National Park excursion)
- Miscellaneous – £115 [maps, campsite washing machines, occasional wifi & bits of kit]
- Ferry [return Hull to Zeebrugge] – £489
- TOTAL – £4,117 – average [without the ferry] £55 / day [this is £11 a day more than our autumn trip to Spain and Portugal]
We had travelled a long way to Croatia and to some extent this affected our spending. We paid almost €110 for the two of us an excursion in a minibus around Krka National Park. This tour [organised through Camp Marina] meant that we saw more than we would have and for us it was well worth it. We used some toll motorways in Croatia and bought vignettes for Austria and Slovenia.
Not surprisingly the cheapest country we stayed in was France with some nights of free camping and plenty of ACSI sites that are reasonably priced. Campsites are notoriously expensive in Italy but we stayed on some very good sostas to keep our costs down.
We had a fantastic trip and we both loved visiting Croatia but to stay within budget during our retirement a trip this costly isn’t something we can do every year.