I am a budget traveler not because I like traveling on a budget, but rather I have to travel on a budget. Although I consider myself a budget traveler, I am certainly not an extreme one; I definitely indulge in regional dishes and prefer to pay for accommodations over risking it with Couchsurfing. As many times as I’d tried before, I never actually tracked my expenses on a trip. Sure, by the end I had an idea of how much money was MIA, but never broke it down to really see the damage. On my Morocco trip, the excessive amount of time on the minibus allowed me to write it all down.
We Love Spain Sahara Desert Adventure Tour: 325 + 7.50 (booking fee)
- transportation via bus and high-speed ferry from Malaga to Morocco, Morocco to Seville
- four nights accommodation in Morocco
- breakfast and dinner each night of the tour
- professional Moroccan tour guides
- camel ride into desert and night camping with Berber people
- trip insurance
Cab to Baden Airpark: 17
Normally, I would take the regional train or S-Bahn for less, but our flight was too early in the morning.
Total Pre-Trip Expenses: 437.50
Malaga (2 nights)
Beach front Sangria, priceless (or €7)
Food & Drink: 53.90
Total Malaga Expenses: 98.50
Morocco (4 nights)
Food & Drink: 42.15
Attractions: 35.00 (4×4 excursion into the desert)
Souvenirs: 40.9 (rug, handmade Tangine, scarf, spices)
Total Morocco Expenses: 121.05
Seville (1 night)
Food & Drink: 15.50
Transportation: 28.24 (cab, train from Seville to Malaga)
Total Seville Expenses: 61.34
Total Trip Expenses: €718.39
When you break down the cost per day, it comes down to €102.62/night of travel. I’d say this is right in the European travel budget I usually aim for ($100/night + flight). I was definitely pleased with the spending on this trip, particularly since most of it was paid before even arriving in Spain and Morocco and we only shared a room one night in Seville. Although I did not like the idea before (or after, for that matter) of an organized tour, it was the best way to see the isolated parts of Morocco and safely travel through both the cities and the deserts.
Have you ever tracked expenses on a trip? Were you surprised with the results?