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Cost of Travel: A Case Study of Spending During Seven Days in Denmark & Sweden

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In this post we look at a real life case study of our spending during seven days in Denmark & Sweden.

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

Here are our aggregated costs per-category over 7 days of travel in Denmark and Sweden. Costs are reflected in US Dollars $.

CategoryAverage Spend $/Person/Day# of Days in CountryTotal Spend $/PersonTotal Spend $/Two People
Shopping + Miscellaneous $0.007$0.00$0.00
Sightseeing + Entertainment$7.947$55.60$111.19
Summary$78.08 average spend per person day7 days of travel$546.59 total per person$1,093.18 total for two people

Assumptions per-category

Accommodation–We stayed in hostels.
–Our configuration was a six-person shared dorm.
Transport–Costs do not include a flight to enter Europe (we used airline miles).
–We used the public transport system within and between cities.
–We traveled throughout Europe by EuRail. The cost of our ticket is not factored in the above averages.
Shopping + Miscellaneous
Sightseeing + Entertainment
Wifi–Wifi was included in our accommodation costs.
Laundry–We did our laundry at our hostel.
Breakfast–We ate a small breakfast out.
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 $22.19 per person for 7 days, $44.38 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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