Budget: 5 Days in Madrid, Spain
Budget: 5 Days in Madrid, Spain
The cheapest route into Morocco was via Spain. And I figured if I was flying THROUGH a Spanish country – One I’d never seen before – I HAVE to layover for 5 days to explore and keep practising my Spanish I spent the last year learning. So Where did my Money Go?
Accommodations – €0
My money DID NOT go to accommodations. I was fortunate enough to find a fantastic couchsurfing host on the outskirts of Madrid; Amador. So I saved a large chunk of money on that.
Transportation – €60.80 or $88.14
I had to pay out some money in transportation every day (4.20 Euro Minimum) since I was living outside of Madrid itself and required to bus back/forth every day. But I consider $7/day for transportation replacing the $25/day in accommodation a fair trade off (Plus a Great Host to Stay With instead of snoring, farting, loud dorm room bunk mates!). I also couldn’t resist the urge to visit Segovia and Toledo for 2 day-trips. They were within 1 hour of Madrid via Train or Bus so the day before I booked my tickets and headed out for the day. The cities were splendid and so worth the extra €32 I spent to get there.
Food – €67 or $80
Again, because of my awesome host I was able to save some major cash on breakfast/dinners outside the house. I spent most lunches in the centre of town but I came prepared with apples, fruits, nuts, and crackers in my bag that I bought at the grocery store to help curb any cravings I had or unnecessary snack purchases I might make in expensive touristy kiosks. I ate lunch out, but with Calamari sandwiches costing 2.70 Euro, it was a steal. The only food purchase I could not avoid was spending on cafe’s/expressos – not because I am a cafeine addict (I actually don’t drink coffee almost ever) but because I needed to find an internet connection since my host didn’t have one – and paying for an expresso for 3 hours of internet was cheaper than paying for 3 hours in an internet cafe.
Sight Seeing / Tours / Entrance – €28.50 or $37.50
I am not a huge museum fan – but I visited the Prado Museum one day – €12. That is a huge price for a museum – and I don’t think I will ever want to enter again. But this cost vs. return helped me realize why I will always attempt to avoid museums in the future – I just get so bored in them. The cost/return ratio isn’t high enough on museums for me. The rest was spent to enter the Cathedrals and Alcazars in Toledo and Segovia. Money so well spent I can barely contain my glee and entering such beautiful buildings. Gosh I love old things.
Souvenirs – €1.60 or $2.11
The only collection I’ve had since a child is a postcard one. I do not know how it started or why, but I love that it did. I still maintain this collection – adding postcards from every city and country I visit. My postcards REQUIRE that they say the name on the front. So for my only souvenir costs being €1.60 – I feel this is an excellent budget friendly (and luggage weight friendly) collection to maintain! (And I put them all in a ziplock bag so they do not get ruined if I ever get caught in the rain or something spills on my bag – THIS is how valuable they are to me)
Internet & Misc. – €5.30 or $7
So, I went to an internet cafe once. I was lost in the middle of Madrid and I found the cafe on Good Friday. The only thing that was open on the holiday. I had to pay so I could figure out where I was and how to get back to where I belong; Where things were Open. The Misc. portion was me needing a bottle of shampoo. I did not have any plan of sporting dreadlocks or having an unfortunate smell wafting from my unwashed hair. So I bought a bottle of dove shampoo. I smell nice now. Worth the investment.
Grand Total: €163.19 or $214.72
With this grand total that brings me to a daily average of €27.20 or $36. Considering everything I was able to see including two day-trips to Segovia & Toledo that this daily average is pretty good considering the steeper prices of European countries. I am VERY pleased with my time spent and my money allocations. Spain is a destination I will certainly return too – especially if I can keep my costs as low as I did for these 5 days!