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1. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 8y

ill be spending 3 weeks in portugal and 2 weeks in croatia...
i should have about €600 in my bank account and i have €700 on my creditcard....

i dont wanna use my credit card, but how far do you think that €600 will get me?? Im planning on couchsurfing as much as i can, and going to supermarkets, walking when i can, taking slower trains rather than expensive intercity trains etc...... i know that €600 is about €18 a day which isnt much really... but i have no idea how much youll need per day in croatia.

what kinda budget should i have for 5 weeks in portugal and croatia from aug 26th -sep 28th?

2. Posted by ReinierNL (Full Member 207 posts) 8y

That's awfully little money! Couchsurfing is a bare necessity with such a small budget and it urges you to plan your trip very carefully! Plan your bus and train journeys too! In Croatia, you're better off taking the bus than the train. Buses are a bit cheaper and certainly more frequent there. Food-wise: there's an abundance of cheap restaurants and pizzerias so you could live on pizzas and simple pasta dishes every day (yuck!), though both countries have very tasty national/regional dishes. In Croatia, you could just manage with 100 kuna for food and drinks, but 150 kuna would be more realistic and comfortable. A "konoba" is usually cheaper than a "restoran".

3. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 8y

yep, i know its very little money! my budget is actually the smallest amount that i think ill have, ill probably have more! but im not couchsurfing only to save money, its about the experience as well..

im not planning on eating out everynight and clubbing, and im used to living on a budget. i have no problem buying local cheeses and meats, veges and fruit from the markets and bread and eating that... every now and again of course im going to eat out but i know how little money im going to have! i dont drink much in the day aside from water which is free from the tap!

but with the money from my savings account ill have €1300ish which is €40 a day which is totally do-able. plus $500AUD on my creditcard (didnt really explain that properly), so even though i dont WANT to use my savings, i will toward the end i just wanted to know how much per day i could get away with spending! but some days ill spend like, €5 or maybe nothing, a good day for me is just to walk around checking things out and taking photos, following a map somewhere.

but ill def take the bus in croatia if its cheaper!! i have a guidebook for croatia and portugal so that should help me out a b it too!

4. Posted by EyvindPt (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

i'am from portugal, i can give you some tips about saving money, if you want more details send a PM :)

Miguel

5. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 8y

cant you just write em on here? thats what a forum is for, to share information.

6. Posted by zaksame (Respected Member 571 posts) 8y

Hey Jaxstar84
I spent a really cheap week in Portugal recently, spending only E18 a day on accommodation (but that was in a Pensao in Lisbon, there are lots and lots of them to choose from). I ate everyday really well in the small stand up restaurants - I'm sure they have a name but I don't know it. Also the buses and trams were really cheap if you buy a pass for several day, but walking is cool too, if you have time and a camera it can even turn into the reason for travelling if you kind of pretend your on a photographic mission or something.... I do this with shooting grafitti when I travel and wind up in all sorts of places, being entertained by my "mission" and meeting really interesting people on the way.

Croatia can be done pretty cheaply also. ReineirNL gave some good advice, the busses are the cheapest way, and only way in a lot of cases, to travel. When you arrive in a town and the little old ladies who swamp you at the ferry or bus station molest you with offers of cheap accommodation, stick to your price and tell them firmly what your budget it. In a lot of cases there will be one or two amongst them who won't pick up a client and will be glad to let a room for pretty small money.
If this fails make sure you know where the tourist info office is and go there immediately telling them your budget, they usually have something in every price bracket.
You should survive pretty cheaply in Croatia by shopping in markets and supermarkets, beer is much cheaper in supermarkets... but not as much fun.
Enjoy your trip, hope I've been some help.

Zaksame

7. Posted by EyvindPt (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

sure i can write here :), it's better then PM lol

about the lodgind in my point of view you got two options beyond couchsurfing, or staying in a pension, there's a lot of them in lisbon, but some are used by prostitutes, those are not recommendable, or you can try a youthostel but it's better to make the reservation by net: http://www.pousadasjuventude.pt/ (there is an english version), but if you find some couchs... it's the best option ;)

about the food, buy in LIDL or minipreço, are the lowest prices supermarkets, it's ok about the quality, don't worry, avoid the other ones, they are a little bit more expensive

do want to know some tips about cities or places to visit?

Miguel