Europe Roadtrip On A Tight Budget

Europe Roadtrip

  • 5 countries (Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain)
  • 34 days
  • 5.703 km


In October we jumped in our car and left cold Austria. We set off to a Europe road trip. Chasing the sun.

We spent  50,68 per day. For Food, Gas, Beers, Accommodation. For the two of us together. Our goal was not to spend more than 35 € per day. We were comfortable with this goal because we knew that worked. In summer we travelled around Slovenia and Croatia for a month and spent around 33 € a day. But the occasional visit at the mechanic and the long distance we travelled in a short time made it difficult on this trip.

We feel that spending 25 €- per person – per day – on holiday – in Europe is still great. Considering we had everything we needed.

Here is how we spent the money:

Gas 379,57 €
Toll 57,67 €
Mechanics 238,00 €
Public Transport 15,00 €
Parking 13,95 €
Restaurant 571,10 €
Party 31,00 €
Supermarket 269,16 €
Hotel 46,00 €
Other 101,50 €
Total 1.722,95 €

You want to have a more detailed look at our expenses. Open the full file here.

How we saved money

Sleep in your car. We slept in our car almost every day. Otherwise the expenses would have easily doubled. We loved it. It was cozy. We saved money. We got to wake up at the beach every morning.

Stay in one place. At the beginning of this trip we drove thousands of kilometres. We would get to a new place in the evening, get up early, agree that we saw everything that has to be seen and leave again. We spent more driving than actually enjoying places. That’s we stayed a tiny fishermen village (Las Negras) in the south of Spain. Not only did we calm down but also we spent a lot of money on gas and toll.

Bring a kitchen. We brought a box full of kitchen equipment and a gas stove. Just enough to cook our everyday breakfast. On a standard day we would have oatmeal with banana and seeds for breakfast, a cheeky tuna avocado sandwich for lunch and pasta in the evening.

Shop in big supermarkets. We don’t want anybody to follow this tip. It is sad, but you can actually save money by buying your food at huge super market chains. And also you are selling your soul.

Share a plate. When we are too lazy to cook our own meal we go to a local restaurant. Sometimes we share a dish. We figured we don’t always need a starter, a main and desert each. We are just used to it. And we are trained to find it rude if somebody does it. We think they are cheap fuxxs. I was just like that. But it is okay to actually listen to your body and give it just the right amount of food it needs.




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