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Vacation Budget Wrap-Up

August 29, 2011

My first rough budget started at $3,000, then I commented we still needed to add in tourism and food.  Given that, $5000 was not too surprising of a final number. We added a day trip to Trondheim specifically because that is where my grandma’s relatives came from, but we didn’t end up being able to meet with any of them.  That was about $500 of extra expenses.

Public transit turned out to be much more expensive than anticipated.  A lot of the money allocated to transit was for airport transfers, as the airports in all the cities were located a good 20-30 minutes outside the city.   Food was really expensive as well, so for the most part, we ate cheap.  In Norway, we bought groceries and my friend fed us delicious fresh seafood, but we still went out for one traditional nice meal.  I had reindeer!  We took that chance to treat my friend, and that was probably a $300+ night right there.  Yikes – but it saved us a ton of money not to have to get a hotel.

Tourism was relatively pricey too, even in Russia.  We do like to spend a lot of time wandering the cities, but what is the point of going to places if you aren’t going to see things?

More about the fun stuff later, but here’s a quick budget snapshot.  I used the actual exchange rate we got at the bank – which was HORRIBLE for Russia. This also doesn’t include anything that will be reimbursed by T’s work.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 30, 2011 4:05 am

    wow. thats a lot of saving!

  2. August 30, 2011 6:18 pm

    Sounds like you had one heck of a vacation. Good thing you budgeted it first!



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