Budget advice please!

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  1. RebeccaKristy

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    Hi All,
    We are planning a trip to Europe in July/Aug/ Sept for 2 adults and 2 kids 6 and 9. Does anyone have any advice on what things cost? We were planning to do south of France, Italy and Croatia. However the camping in Italy and Croatia is eye watering expensive! We have up to 100 euros a day, but that must include petrol and everything. Are there other countries as beautiful which cost less? Or does it even out with the food price? Any ideas on what a meal out, ice cream, museum entrance, campsites, laundry cost? Any way to avoid all the extras? Any discount cards worthwhile?
    We have never been to Europe by camper van before so any help greatly appreciated!
     
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    joncris Read Only Funster

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    Meal out :eek: sort of defeats the purpose of having a fully equipped MH doesn't it(n)
     
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    And I bet you told your kids that the ice cream man has sold out if he plays his music :)
     
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    If you eat out then eat where the locals do. They know the best places to go.
     
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    Why didn't you deprive your kids of life's little luxuries like most foods drinks etc
     
  6. RebeccaKristy

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    Taking the children to experience different cultures, and food is part of that! Will us the MH kitchen enough at breakfast, lunch and on the days we don't eat out!
     
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    We did 4 weeks last summer with our 2 boys 6 and 11. France, Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Germany France and back.
    We do a mix of wilding, Aires, sites, eating in (BBQ') eating out, visting attractions.

    Total cost for everything, fuel, tolls, ferry, food (in) food (out) aires, sites etc etc cost us.... £2198 for 28 days so £79 a day


    I keep spreadsheets, sad I know....:RollEyes::RollEyes:
     
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  8. RebeccaKristy

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    I love a spreadsheet. Callum did you feel like you were always deprived or was that a fair budget? Were any of those countries cheaper, was Italy more?
     
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    I see your a fairly new member... (y)
    July - Aug. + campsites Say no more .!!!!!!
    Peaktime, busy etc.. Some sites may even need to be booked.

    Travelled with my grandkids many times but never near the sea and at that time of year.
    Central France could be a good alternative, lots of aires (some free) rivers and lakes. Bike rides etc.
    As it's your first trip dont try and do to much or kids will get bored with all the driving.
    My grandkids are 7 and 9 and some of the best days have been at parks and lakes where they have man made beaches. Our main trip is to Benidorm, straight through the centre of France and the Pyrennes.

    Be flexible and get stopped early so you have time for a back up plan...
     
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  10. RebeccaKristy

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    Yes have been dreaming of this all my life! Finally decided to just go for it! I would love to just travel but worry I need to book things. Lakes sound amazing, we live by the beach anyway. We are going for 10 weeks so have time to meander.
     
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    The place is just camper heaven but, on your dates it's take them for all they're worth time. Aug is super rip 'em off time if you want the best places, which will be crowded.

    But all the prices are on line so you can at least find the less expensive ones. The ASCI DVD would be a big help to you, no discounts then but very detailed information with prices on thousands of sites.

    http://www.eurocampings.co.uk/
     
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    Thank you will check that out. I know August will be a nightmare, but apparently kids have to go to school. I reckon this would be far more educational!
     
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    First time , got to agree , if you are on a budget stick to france, Italy in August , phew, hot and pricy, very nice, don't get me wrong but with two kids in main holiday time, not for me I'm afraid
     
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    The two of us did a trip in autumn of similar time period and mileage but into Portugal, using camp sites most nights with decent showers/EHU etc.

    Everything worked out roughly around £1000/ month.

    We ate out a lot which was always cheaper in the local "non tourist" areas. ie: northen Spain was cheaper than the costa's down south. Inland Portugal again better priced than the Algarve.

    I have not got the costs to hand but remember (yes I also counted everything up) being shocked how much we spent on tolls, especially in France.

    But have a great trip. (y)
     
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    We are a family of four and do six weeks in Europe each summer. We average around 3000miles, use some toll roads and stay in a mix of locations, aires, municipal sites and premium campsites (upto 80euros a night).
    Last summer cost 3800euros for 42nights - around 90euros a day. We did however, stay with relatives for a week, when we spent nothing on sites or fuel.

    We're not big drinkers, don't eat out much but will spend on daytrips.

    Fuel and tolls - if we're spending the day travelling, we can do a tank of fuel in around six hours, add some toll costs, you've soon spent your 100 daily allowance, that's before food, drink and accom. If it's a hot day, four ice creams will cost 10-15euros from a service station.

    Accomodation - aires on the coast can be busy(full), campsites expensive. If in a costal area, we've rarely paid less than 30euros a night, average closer to 50euros a night.
    Inland, aires are great and not so busy, campsites can still be expensive...

    Days out can be expensive too - kayak hire, mountain railways and cable cars for example, will cost a fair bit.
    Although we have found that some of the best days out are free. Beach, bike ride, unexpected stops can all be great.

    Food - We've never found food any cheaper than at home and soft drinks can be expensive... we usually spend around 100euros at supermarkets every five days and that's trying to be economical....

    We don't take too many clothes and do most washing by hand, drying on our washing line.
    Launderette wash and dry is around eight euros.

    Most countries seem to be similarly priced (lidl cost nearly the same everywhere).

    We're heading to Italy this summer, am currently doing research, know it's going to be damned expensive (and busy).

    Biggest money saving tips - buy fuel at Supermarkets, shop at discount stores and avoid toll roads (if you have the time)

    Hope this helps
     
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    It really does MOHO. Can you give me an example of tolls? I hadn't thought of that. I don't imagine having too many days of long travel, the boys would drive us mad. MikeD your budget seems very good.
     
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    Hi RebeccaKirsty. We never book anything in advance except the ferries. We just find sites on the day or sometimes we phone the night before for a specific site if we know where and when we want to stop. This was in August, peak season.
    We had a great time and the boys loved it (as always)
    Some examples of our costs on that trip; prices in Euro;

    Campsites:
    France: Chateaudun Municipal €12.70 per night, kids play area, river for fishing. Licques €36 per night, kids play area, bouncy, indoor pool.
    Italy: Lake Garda, Peschiera de Garda €60.50 per night Lakeside site, beach pool complex, kids play, resto, bar, lakeside 10 min walk to town. Venice €43 per night, indoor pool (extra), cheap bus from outside campsite into Venice 10 minutes away.
    Slovenia: Ankaran near Kupor, €38 euros per night, right on the beach, huge pool, kids club, play areas, bar, restos etc.
    Lake Bled €34 per night, lakeside site, kids play, bar resto, hire boats to go out on the lake to the island.
    Austria. Mondeseeland, €38 per night, kids play, fishing pond, heated pool, bar resto.

    We were going to Croatia where the prices were very similar to Slovenia but a tree fell on our van at Ankaran.

    Now offset your overall site costs by also using Aires and wilding; Aires ranged from free of charge including toilets and hook up to the most expensive we paid was €12.5o for the Aire at Chamonix. We went up on the cable cars at Chamonix to the Aguille du Midi, €183 for family of four but well worth it. That is included in our total spend as I mentioned earlier. Stellplatz in Germany €7 average.

    Out total cost for Aires and camp sites averaged out at €21 per night for the 4 week trip.
    Fuel was our biggest cost at €700 for just over 5000km, approx 26 mpg. we spent €228 on Tolls including €65 for the Mt Blanc Tunnel and €20 for vignettes for Slovenia and Austria.

    Food eating in and out averaged €21 per day, including my beer and SWMBO's wine and Sangria. We food shop almost every day so as to buy fresh and leave room in the fridge freezer for drinks and ice creams.. Lidl is cheaper especially in Slovenia, Austria and Germany. For ice creams just go into a supermarket and buy a box of 4 Cornetto or Choc ice, whatever you like. You will get a box of 4 for not much more than one ice cream from a Ice cream Vendor. Soft drinks and beer, wines etc are cheap from supermarkets. No laundry costs as my wife washes all our laundry by hand just using two buckets. it dries easily in the sun.

    A new TV for the kids whilst travelling was also included in out total spend:RollEyes:, and remember last August we were getting an average £1.25 to the Euro, it is even better now.

    Hope this helps.......(y)(y)(y)
     
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    Take a look at www.viamichelin.com to find out toll costs, motorhome tolls cost about 50% more than the website shows.

    A couple of tolls from memory...
    Calais-Paris about 30euros
    Paris-Clermont Ferrand about 60euros
    Then almost toll free to the Med (millau viaduct, final few miles to coast still cost)

    If you're going to do such a road trip, there will inevitably be some 'big' days driving, six hours is only 300miles if you're lucky...
     
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    REALLY does Callum. Will pick over it tonight, sounds just like we want! Relieved to hear my budget it not a fantasy at least. Currently the Euro is better, but also fuel is so much cheaper too! Happy days.

    We can avoid the coast where possible although would like a few days snorkelling (the kids love it, only ever seen crabs and tiny fish but still) in Croatia. I would like access to a few pools as the boys don't get much chance to learn conventional swimming. Even though they love to surf they don't seem to be strong swimmers.
     
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    WOW!, I wasn't expecting that.
     
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