....general costs of lodging & food costs per european country?
I've seen it said that the southern countries are cheaper than the northern ones, but i'm trying to fine tune my estimates for overall cost of a vacation and lodging & meals are proving to be the most difficult to estimate. We would like to target, as far as lodging goes, places that are nice, but not overly expensive. We don't plan on spending much time in our rooms, but the quality of beds is important. Not sure there is any way to really determine that ahead of time since i've never seen a list that rates hotel beds. As far as meals go, we aren't really into "fancy" meals so we don't need to always eat in 4 star resturants, but a nicer than usual meal once in awhile would be nice.
I'm trying to break down our budget as much as possible and have already figured our airfare to be at or a little above $1000 each. That's for Reno, Sacramento, or San Francisco to NYC, NYC to Dublin, and Brussels back home to Reno, Sacramento, or San Francisco. Keep in mind that this is based on May 2007 prices. Were targeting May 2008, but the air fare search engines don't go out that far. I used Kayak.com for my estimates.
Off the top of my head i'm thinking $75 per night, per room for lodging and $50 per day, per person for meals. This would be an average for the whole vacation. How far off am so far?
As far as I know, it's the Eastern countries that are cheaper than the Western ones. In Western European countries, prices vary depending on how big/popular the city is and how close to the city centre you stay. London, Rome, Venice, Paris - they are all really, really expensive. But you can search for B&Bs, dorm rooms, hostels (often with private rooms), and other alternative accommodation and save a bundle that way. Your $75 US a day estimate sounds reasonable, although in places like London, Dublin or Rome it won't get you nearly what you could find in, say, a little town in Normandy.
Your airfare seems a bit iffy - but then again I'm basing it on Canadian prices.
You're probably safe with $50 US per person per day for meals - there's always a cheap way to eat. I survived on Nutella crepes for 2 weeks in Paris! Again, you'll pay a fortune for 4-star restaurants in big cities, but you can eat like a king in a small villa in Tuscany for a fraction of the price. Like real estate, it' all about location, location, location.
We have no problem staying outside the big cities & just going into them for sightseeing.
Update! We've decieded to limit the vacation to just Ireland & the UK. So this thread would only apply to those 2 countries.