Wow. March was a great month, wasn't it?? We were in six different countries... Spain, Italy, San Marino, Monaco, France, and Morocco!
We had a fantastic time, and we pretty much did it exactly as we wanted to. But, it came at a price. Definitely one of our higher months for expenses. Italy is certainly not as cheap as Spain! We spent a total of $2,448 CAD ($1,836 USD) for the month.
(The following figures are all in Canadian dollars. For U.S. dollar equivalent, you can subtract about 25%.)
Most of the extra is because we made a decision to stop using couchsurfing as much and use AirBnb more. I'll go into the details behind that decision another day because it will take up a whole blog post on it's own. We're totally happy with using AirBnb, but it does cost more money, that's for sure.
So...here's how it all broke down...
Gasoline: We spent more than we would have liked to in this category. We had to do one final diesel fill up for the motorhome before we gave it back, so that was $87, and then there was the rental car we had for two weeks in Italy. Good thing we got a deal on the car itself, because there are no deals to be had buying gasoline in Italy! We put $170 worth of fuel in that tiny efficient little car. Gas in Italy costs about $2.20 per liter! ($6.25 USD per gallon).
Toll Roads: And besides the expensive gasoline in Italy, they also have expensive toll roads. We spent $49 on toll highways.
Groceries: We still did really well in this category, considering we hardly ate out at all. We spent $460 on groceries.
Alcohol: Even with the higher cost of alcohol in Italy compared to Spain (still cheap compared to Canada!) we did pretty good coming in at $119.
Miscellaneous: We actually did pretty good in this category too. $44 for our Italian internet, $32 for various buses, $17 for a case for our new Samsung phone. And a few smaller items. Total came to $115.
Entertainment: Only $86! And yet, we sure did seem to have an entertaining month, didn't we?
Overnight: This was the killer. And yet, we still think we did pretty good. A total of $852 for 24 paid nights...an average of $35.50 per night.
Travel: A total of $509. Not bad considering this was for two flights, two train rides, and a two week car rental.
So, a total of $2,448 CAD ($1,836 USD) for the month. That's $79 per day for the two of us. Not bad at all.