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A Month in Europe - What it Cost

20210909_142248-2 Château de Long, Long, France

We originally planned for our month-long trip to Europe to happen in September and October of 2020. But the borders got closed due to COVID.  Luckily, they opened the borders again in July 2021. Our timing to visit Europe for a month was around attending the Düsseldorf Caravan-Salon motorhome show. The show is held the last week of August into the beginning of September. With the borders opening up, we booked to attend the Caravan-Salon for August 30th - September 1st. We booked a flight to Paris, France for August 10th, returning on September 11th.

We flew into, and out of Paris instead of Germany, as the flight was less expensive. Besides, we wanted to visit France also. We also booked a motorhome for August 10th - September 11th. I'll have a separate article about our motorhome rental experience. During our 30 days in Europe:

  • We drove 4,200 kilometers, which is about 2,610 miles.
  • We visited and spent the night in 5 different countries (France, Germany, Poland, Belgium, and Netherlands).
  • Stayed overnight in one new country for us - Poland.
  • We stayed in 19 different locations.

 Map Showing Where We Spent the Nights At

 Breakdown of Our Expenses:

Caravan Salon Tickets (2 people, 3 days) $    110.84
Caravan Salon Overnight Parking (4 nights) $       70.00
Motorhome Rental (30 nights) $ 5,854.24
Transportation (includes taxi, Uber, Scooter rental, Toll roads) $     201.29
Motorhome Fuel $     696.79
Dining Out $    485.39
Groceries (includes wine) $    443.99
Accommodations (Campgrounds, Aires, Hotel) $    279.29
Sightseeing $    201.58
Shopping (Supplies, Laptop Power Supply, Gifts) $    349.78
Drinks (Bottled water, Coffee) $      30.47
Flight (2 people, round-trip) $ 1850.88
TOTAL: $10,574.54

The total expenses came out to close to what we expected.  While we watched what we spent, we weren't very frugal. If needed, we could have cut back and saved on most of these expenses. Expenses in Europe are slightly higher than what we're used to in the USA. Diesel was selling for an average of $ 6.75 (US) a gallon. We used campgrounds more than we expected. We also needed electric most nights to charge our computer, so we paid for electric most of the time. The motorhome rental was the highest expense and we probably could have saved some here. Although we would liked to have a lower expense total, we're happy with the final cost. The trip was enjoyable and worth it. 

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Guest - Peg Halford on Tuesday, 19 October 2021 16:20
European Military Csmpgrounds

We were wondering if you were able to stay in any US military famcamps in Europe? Can you provide any info on the conditions of campgrounds you did use besides the cost? Thanks in advance

We were wondering if you were able to stay in any US military famcamps in Europe? Can you provide any info on the conditions of campgrounds you did use besides the cost? Thanks in advance
Larry Farquhar on Tuesday, 19 October 2021 17:25

Hi, we didn't try to stay at any of the US Military Recreation Areas in Europe. There's only a few of them. Until recently, travelers weren't allowed to use them (even authorized US retired). However this recently changed in Germany. US retired military can now use MWR facilities in Germany.

We didn't stay at too many "campgrounds", but the ones we did use were fine. Paris was large, busy, and small sites. Poland was quiet, rustic with large open areas (no designated sites). Campgrounds in Europe are different than what we're used to in the US. We mostly used free (or cheap) aires, stellplatz, etc. These are mainly a place to spend the night with service points (dump and water). Almost all were very nice. Some were great, others were "ok" for one night.

Hi, we didn't try to stay at any of the US Military Recreation Areas in Europe. There's only a few of them. Until recently, travelers weren't allowed to use them (even authorized US retired). However this recently changed in Germany. US retired military can now use MWR facilities in Germany. We didn't stay at too many "campgrounds", but the ones we did use were fine. Paris was large, busy, and small sites. Poland was quiet, rustic with large open areas (no designated sites). Campgrounds in Europe are different than what we're used to in the US. We mostly used free (or cheap) aires, stellplatz, etc. These are mainly a place to spend the night with service points (dump and water). Almost all were very nice. Some were great, others were "ok" for one night.
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