How did my Italy, San Marino, and The Netherlands spending fare during my time in each respective countries?
Travelling to Italy was more expensive than I’d like because I was doing tons of touristy stuff. As you already know, the more touristy activities you engage in, the higher the cost of travelling becomes.
While travelling in the Netherlands, I had many friends that I met previously while backpacking who hosted me in their homes. As a result, I was able to save a ton of money while having a more authentic and local experience.
5 days in Italy spending breakdown
- Ticket to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel – $29.34 CAD (20 Euros)
- Train reservation from Milan to Rome – $14.67 CAD (10 Euros)
- Rome metro ticket – $14.67 CAD (10 Euros)
- 2 nights at Sheraton Roma Conference Centre – $46.95 CAD (32 Euros and 6000 Starpoints)
- Tickets to the Colosseum, the Roman Forums, and Palatine Hill – $17.58 CAD (12 Euros)
- Food and groceries – $36.11 CAD (24.61 Euros)
- St. Peter’s Basilica 551 steps ticket – $8.80 CAD (6 Euros)
- Bus – $16.58 CAD (11.30 Euros)
- Train reservation from Rome to Bologna – $14.67 CAD (10 Euros)
- 2 night stay at a hostel in Rimini – $31.54 CAD (21.50 Euros)
- Toilet – $1.47 CAD (1 Euro)
- Train reservation from Bologna to Rimini – $14.67 CAD (10 Euros)
- Train reservation from Rimini to Zurich – $14.67 CAD (10 Euros)
Total 5 days Italy spending: $261.73 CAD (178.65 Euros)
Average daily Italy spending: $52.35 CAD (35.73 Euros per day)
Total Italy spending without train reservations: $203.05 CAD (138.60 Euros)
Average daily Italy spending without train reservations: $40.61 CAD (27.72 Euros)
Italy was surprisingly cheaper than I thought. Restaurants were inexpensive and food was great. Besides the racist Italian people I met in Rome and the border of Switzerland, Rimini was very friendly. If I ever go back to Italy, I’ll make sure to avoid the big cities because they are swarming with racist people just ready to ruin your travel experience.
1 day San Marino spending breakdown
- Roundtrip bus ticket from Rimini to San Marino – $14.67 CAD (10 Euros)
- ATM withdrawal fee – $5 CAD (3.41 Euros)
- Tickets to San Marino 2 towers – $9.54 CAD (6.50 Euros)
- Food – $9.54 CAD (6.50 Euros)
Total 1 day San Marino spending: $41.08 CAD (28 Euros)
Total 1 day San Marino spending without the roundtrip bus ticket: $26.41 CAD (18 Euros)
San Marino was also quite an affordable travel destination. It’s a tiny country so after you visit the castle, there’s not much left to do besides shopping and eating. I highly recommend visiting this country. Personally, I had an amazing time!
6 days The Netherlands spending breakdown (Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Eindhoven)
- Toilet – $1.47 CAD (1 Euro)
- Food – $32.13 CAD (21.9 Euros)
- Amsterdam city walking tour tip – $7.34 CAD (5 Euros)
- Flight from Tallinn to Amsterdam – $11 CAD (7.50 Euros) + 15,000 Aeroplan Miles
- Best Western Airport Hotel Amsterdam – $5.50 CAD (3.75 Euros) + 24,000 BW Points
- American Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Vancouver – $75.77 CAD ($60.96 USD or 51.64 Euros) + 30,000 Alaska Miles
Total 6 days The Netherlands spending: $133.21 CAD (90.79 Euros)
Average daily The Netherlands spending: $22.20 CAD ($15.13 CAD)
Total The Netherlands spending without flight: $46.44 CAD (31.65 Euros)
Average daily The Netherlands spending without flight: $7.74 CAD (5.28 Euros)
Total points and miles spent: 24,000 BW Points + 30,000 Alaska Miles + 15,000 Aeroplan Miles
I spent significantly less money travelling through The Netherlands because I stayed with two different group of friends during my time there. When I was in Rotterdam, I stayed at a friend’s place and they pretty much paid for all my food and touristy activities. Much thanks to them for helping a backpacker friend!
When I was in Amsterdam, I also stayed at a friend’s place and they also provided me with breakfast and dinner so I only had to grab lunch.
Regardless, if I didn’t stay with so many friends in The Netherlands, it would have definitely been expensive because this is not a cheap country to travel to.
Thanks to using travel hacking techniques, I was able to save money on accommodation during my time in Rome. Also, thanks to the many Dutch friends I made during my backpacking trip around the world, I was able to explore their cities like a local and save money on food and accommodations.
Seeing the Colosseum in Rome was a dream come true and getting to know The Netherlands better was a real treat. I will definitely go back to The Netherlands to visit my friends again someday in the future.