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Talking Travel Money

Just got back from a long holiday, 20 days away, 19 nights so let’s talk travel money. Most people are not going to tell you how much they actually spend when they go away. But I am.

Many times I get asked how can I afford to travel so much. And I must tell you that it is not by getting the crazy cheap deals out there on packaged holidays in which sometimes you don’t even know where you are staying until you get to your destination!

I am not the type to go on all inclusive holidays. Or packaged holidays. It is a bit more work to plan but I like to explore the destination I am visiting and to be in control of where I am staying. Also don’t want to be eating hotel food the whole time.

When possible I tend to book places where we can cook. You can save some money by not eating out all the time. And in some destinations getting an apartment is sometimes cheaper or the same price as a decent room.

Twenty days away is a bit longer than your usual holiday and it can get a little expensive to be away for so long.

As most of you know I am now working part-time, which means that I have to be a little more careful with how much I am spending. But it doesn’t mean I have to stop enjoying my holidays (at least not yet ahah).

Let’s talk travel money now. All the figures I am sharing with you on this post are the total numbers for 2 sharing accommodation and a rental car.

Flights came at £322 return for two people. None of the two flights were at silly hours of the morning or night. We flew into Zakynthos and flew back from Kefalonia. The ferry between the islands cost £16 for two.

We rented a car for most of our time in Greece and that came up to £474 fully insured. In petrol we spent £98.

As we didn’t have a car for 2 or 3 days we needed a couple of transfer services/taxis. That came up to £32. These were planned in advance so no time wasted while away trying to figure it out.

A total of 19 nights spent between Zakynthos and Kefalonia (Greece) came to a total of £887 (average £47 per night). All the places had a kitchen and were booked on Only one of the places had a swimming pool.

Pocket money used mostly for eating out and food shopping came to about £632. That is only £32 per day! We literally did no other shopping apart from a couple of magnets.

Since banks can charge a fortune in fees when paying in Euros we opted to use a credit card that charges no fees and a Portuguese card that also has no fees since the account is in Euros anyway.

Withdrawing money for free in those 2 islands seemed virtually impossible so we only did it once. That cost us 4 Euros! Most if not all places accept card payments. We only did it as the local car rental company did not have a card machine on them when they delivered the car to us and we had to pay for the car then.

Every year we invest in a couple of travel insurance policies. That covers us and any car rentals for the whole year. This year those two cost us £125.

We are thankful for never having had the need to make any claims under those insurances but we never travel uninsured. We almost had to use it because of bloody Sixt in Switzerland.

The amount of Go Fund me pages out there because people couldn’t be bothered to get travel insurance is shocking. It’s usually not even that expensive. If you can afford to travel you can afford to get insured. Sorry about this little rant.

So how much travel money did we end up spending in 20 days on the Greek islands?

In total we spent £2408 which comes to £1204 each. An average of £60 each per day.

With that money we explored most of Zakynthos and Kefalonia and came back home with amazing memories from another trip to Greece.

Do you also write down how much you spend when you go away on holidays?

Read about our time in Crete: Planning, Heraklion, Chania, Kissamos and Balos, Elafonisi and Kedrodasos and the video. More on Zakynthos and Kefalonia coming soon.

In the featured photo, Cameo Island in Zakynthos

Thank you for reading and please come back next week for another post! 
New blog posts every Wednesday at 6pm (London time), unless I am travelling.

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