Financial Friday 69

Locations: Belgrade [Serbia], Thessaloniki [Greece]

Week 69 on the road is done. A few very unexpected expenses came up so here we go….

Transportation

On Tuesday, I took a bus from Београд (Belgrade) to Θεσσαλονίκη (Thessaloniki): $60.58. Ouch! I hadn’t planned on returning to Ελλάδα (Greece) this soon, but it’s the cheapest way I could find to get back to საქართველო (Georgia). I hadn’t planned on going back to Georgia just yet either, but….

I discovered last Friday that someone had managed to steal my debit card information. They used it to make a few online purchases so I had to lock the card. Since that’s the way I was getting cash, I needed to find another way to pay for general living expenses. Greece accepts credit cards in far more instances than the rest of it’s Balkan neighbors so returning was a good idea from that standpoint as well. More on this fiasco in another post though. Back to expenses….

Accommodation

Friday to Monday were at a hostel in Belgrade. There’s a slight difference in price due to currency/exchange fluctuations. The hostel was almost empty, and I got a while 6 bed dorm to myself! Which was nice.

Tuesday night was spent on an overnight bus so no accommodation charge! Thought it did make me almost useless on Wednesday….

Wednesday and Thursday were spent at a hostel in Thessaloniki. This hostel is a little different and charge variable rates based on (I’m assuming) demand. Weirdoes….

Food

There isn’t much to say here. Food in Greece is more expensive (but better) than the other Balkan countries I visited.

Other

Travel insurance: $5.03 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.

Pimsleur’s Russian: $0.69 per day.

On Friday, the hostel did my laundry: $5.72. It was a bit expensive, but they dried (something I’m not used to) and folded it so I’m not complaining.

On Wednesday, I topped up my mobile data for Greece: $20.00 for 1G.

Summary

Week 69
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel000060.580060.58
Lodging10.9510.6710.6710.67014.9319.5277.41
Food3.2412.7704.173.355.598.8337.95
Other12.837.117.117.117.1127.117.1175.49
Total27.0230.5517.7821.9571.0447.6335.46251.43

So, a little more expensive due to travel costs. Still though, it wasn’t terrible. See you all next week….

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