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Cost of Travel: A Case Study of Spending During Six Days in Hungary

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In this post we look at a real life case study of our spending during six days in Hungary.

This cost analysis is connected to our Schengen Area Europe Itinerary – 13 Countries in 90 Days and Europe Travel: Hungary in 6 Days — Country Itinerary.

Here are our aggregated costs per-category over five days of travel in Hungary. Costs are reflected in US Dollars $.

CategoryAverage Spend $/Person/Day# of Days in CountryTotal Spend $/PersonTotal Spend $/Two People
Shopping + Miscellaneous $1.845$12.86$25.71
Sightseeing + Entertainment$3.715$25.96$51.92
Summary$71.12 average spend per person day5 days of travel$497.81 total per person$995.61 total for two people

Assumptions per-category

Accommodation–We stayed in a private dorm within a hostel.
Transport–Costs do not include a flight to enter Europe (we used airline miles).
–We used the public transport system within cities.
–We traveled throughout Europe by EuRail. The cost of our ticket is not factored in the above averages.
Shopping + Miscellaneous
Sightseeing + Entertainment–We participated in tip-based walking tours.
–We also went to the bathhouse.
–Took a day trip to Eger, Hungary en route to Slovakia.
Wifi–Wifi was included in our accommodation costs.
Laundry–We sent our laundry out for service.
Lunch–We ate out almost every day.
–It’s our favorite meal to try out local flavors.
–Costs are usually less expensive for the same meal offered at dinner.
Dinner–We usually ate a light dinner at our accommodation.
Snack–We kept snacks on hand.
Grocery–We purchased groceries to make breakfast and a light dinner at our accommodation.
Travel Insurance–We did not include our travel insurance costs in the overall price listed here.
— Our insurance ran $3.17/person/day, totaling $19.02 per person for 6 days, $38.04 for two people.


  1. In categories like laundry, shopping & wifi, we may not have spent any money on these services every day. Instead, we added up the total sum of that costs and divided by the number of days within that particular country. This helped us determine how much to budget for future trips.
  2. While we were mindful of our spending, especially because we were abroad for so long, we did splurge on meals and special activities. This may have raised the average costs in a particular category.

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