Financial Friday 61

Locations: Thessaloniki, Pella [Greece]

Week 61 of travel….

Transportation

On Friday, I took a day trip to Pella. We started to walk to the main bus station in Thessaloniki, but gave up half way through and caught a taxi: $2.00 for my half. We then took a bus to the ancient home of Alexander the Great: $9.37 to go there and back. We got back in the late afternoon (rush hour) so the cab back to the hostel was a little more expensive than expected: $5.42 for my half.

Accommodation

I haven’t paid yet, so I’m putting in the worst case scenario: $17.81. I’m 90% sure it’ll be cheaper than that when I actually get the bill due to staying here for a longer time period. If you know you’re going to be somewhere for a while, you can usually get a discount for booking it all together rather than paying as you go.

Food

I haven’t done any grocery shopping so there have been food expenses every day. How much I spend generally depends on whether I’m with someone. The cheaper times are when I’m by myself and get some cheap take-out. Whereas the more expensive days are from when I went out to a sit-down restaurant with new friends.

Other

Travel insurance: $5.57 per day.

VPN: $0.26 per day.

Amazon Prime: $0.33 per day.

This blog: $0.31 per day.

Skype: $0.08 per day.

Chase Sapphire Reserve: $0.41 per day.

On Tuesday, bought a couple notebooks: $5.14. I lost the one I’d been using so all my Greek notes from this trip are gone. It’s not a big deal, but a little annoying. I’ll be like: “What was that word I studied? I’ll look it up…. Oh wait, I can’t because I lost my notebook.” So it takes me a couple seconds longer to look it up. The issues of learning other languages….

Summary

Week 61
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel16.7900000016.79
Lodging17.8117.8117.8117.8117.8117.8117.81124.67
Food13.73.4312.563.435.717.5415.9962.36
Other6.966.966.966.9612.16.966.9653.86
Total55.2628.237.3328.235.6232.3140.76257.68

So that’s not too bad. Even with the day trip, it wasn’t too crazy. See you all next week….

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