Financial Friday 10

Week 10 of travel has come and gone. Let’s break down some expenses.

Travel

On Tuesday/Wednesday, I took the night train from Θεσσαλονίκη (Thessaloniki) to Αθήνα (Athens): $30.96. It was a very crowded six hour ride. To make things worse, a family of 4 decided to only buy 2 tickets, and felt the need to put their two little kids in my seat. So every time someone new would get on to claim whatever seat I found open, the guy would point me to any open seat he could find. I ended up spending a good portion of the trip changing seats, because this asshole thought it would be a great idea to just take a seat he didn’t pay for. Needless to say, I didn’t get much sleep. I think I would have actually been better off if I’d bought a day train even though those cost almost twice as much.

Accommodation

Little Big House in Thessaloniki Friday to Monday. I can’t say enough good things about that place. See my Thessaloniki review post for details.

Zero on Tuesday, because of the aforementioned night train. I’m still trying to decide if it was worth it.

Wednesday and Thursday were at a really cheap hostel in Athens. Did I save a bunch of money? Yes. But there’s definitely something to be said for finding a slightly more expensive place in a good location. Always check where a hostel’s located before booking. It’s totally worth the extra time.

Food

I went out to eat with some friends I made at the hostel on Friday and Sunday. There we go with friends costing me money again (just kidding, they’re pretty cool).

On Wednesday, I went out drinking. This alcohol thing isn’t good for the budget. I should really stop that.

Other

Travel insurance: $3.07 per day.

On Saturday, I purchased a mobile data plan from GigSky: $20 for 1G. I haven’t used them for long, but so far, I would 100% recommend them if you’re based in the US. It’s so much easier to purchase a data plan online for whatever region of the world you’re in than going through the process of buying a local SIM. It’s probably a little more expensive this way, but the saved time and effort is totally worth it.

I did laundry on Monday: $4.33. That’s also the day the water came back. I’ve never appreciated running water as much as I did then.

Summary

Week 10 1st
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Total
Travel 0 0 0 0 30.96 0 0 30.96
Lodging 19.31 19.31 21.81 21.81 0 10.94 10.94 104.12
Food 21.27 1.48 13.6 5.81 3.71 14.09 5.44 65.4
Other 3.07 23.07 3.07 7.4 3.07 3.07 3.07 45.82
Total 43.65 43.86 38.48 35.02 37.74 28.1 19.45 246.3

So that looks decent. The month of March was also wrapped up this week so let’s take a look at that.

Mar 18
Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Total
Travel 0 0 0 17.62 0 0 17.62
Lodging 19.22 132.94 133.3 154.33 142.1 38.62 620.51
Food 7.32 39.87 56.75 101.97 56.47 22.75 285.13
Other 5.55 82.99 50.2 30.17 85.2 26.14 280.25
Total 32.09 255.8 240.25 304.09 283.77 87.51 1203.51

This is fantastic, and almost makes up for the month of February. If I can keep every month’s spending at about this level, I’ll be pretty happy.

See you all next week for another financial break-down.

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