Financial Friday 70

Locations: Thessaloniki [Greece], Kutaisi, Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 70 on the road. Let’s see how much my wallet likes me….

Transportation

On Tuesday, I took a plane from Θεσσαλονίκη (Thessaloniki) to ქუთაისი (Kutaisi). The price of the ticket was $70.47, but I used the points one of my travel cards to erase it. So…free! Sort of….

Also on Tuesday, there was an issue with the company I booked my flight with. They checked me in (which was nice; remembering to check in is a pain in the ass), but didn’t send me my boarding pass. That ended up costing me $39.22. Although…. I saw them weighing bags at the check-in counter. Since I ended up having to pay them more money, they didn’t bother to weigh my carry-on. I’m relatively sure it would be too heavy if they’d checked so…sort of winning?

More on Tuesday. I took a bus from the Kutaisi Airport to თბილისი (Tbilisi): $7.54. For a 4 hour bus ride, that’s pretty good. Yay Georgia!

Accommodation

Friday to Sunday were at the variable rate hostel so prices are all over the place.

On Monday, I stayed at my favorite hostel in Thessaloniki (Little Big House). The price was cheaper than the variable rate hostel despite being more crowded. Plus, the conditions of Little Big House are better so if you’re in Thessaloniki, and don’t mind walking up a hill….

Tuesday to Thursday were at a hostel in Tbilisi. There’s nothing like going from a [relatively] expensive place like Greece to a super affordable place like Georgia to demonstrate just how overrated the typical tourist destinations are.

Food

I went a little crazy on Saturday, and splurged; going to a restaurant, and getting appetizers, and drinks along with the meal.

On Tuesday, I went a little crazy in Georgia. I bought groceries (the initial expense being a bit more as you have to buy spices and what-not), and went out to eat. One would think that would have cost me more than Saturday, but…Georgia! I fucking love it here!

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 Wednesday, I did laundry: $1.13. Again, Georgia.

Summary

Week 70
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel000046.760046.76
Lodging21.8320.6722.3919.063.773.773.7795.26
Food4.4722.933.24016.368.12055.12
Other7.117.117.117.117.118.247.1150.9
Total33.4150.7132.7426.177420.1310.88248.04

So, that doesn’t look too bad due to [mostly] zeroing out the plane ticket. Going forward, I expect my expenses will drop considerably. See you all next week….

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