Have you ever wondered how much does it cost to go to Europe? The good news is that regardless of what your budget is, you can have an epic trip in Europe as long as you manage your expectations.

Yes, the country can be done cheaply if you’re staying in hostels and slow travelling, but that only appeals to a certain demographic. If you’re planning a trip to Europe, you’re better off using average costs as an estimate to help you plan your trip.

If this is your first time heading to Europe, I don’t recommend visiting more than three cities/countries. Sure, go ahead and take day trips, but you want to limit the time you spend on planes and trains.

My budget below is based on average costs for a two week trip which is a good amount of time. It likely won’t be enough to see everything on your list, so just choose the destinations that appeal to you most and save the rest for your next trip.

Europe trip cost for 2 weeks

 Estimated Cost
Airfare$650
Accommodations$1,950
Local transportation$400
Attractions$200
Food & drink$560
Random spending$200
TOTALUS $3,960

The above estimate is in American dollars. Please use xe.com to find out the average costs in your home currency.

Let’s be clear. It’s impossible for me to answer how much does it cost to go to Europe? There are just too many variables. To be honest, I’ve never spent the above “average” cost during any of my trips to Europe. It’s really not that difficult to save money while in Europe, but I wanted to give you some numbers so you don’t underestimate your trip costs. My estimates are based on a single traveller.  If you’re travelling as a pair, double all the costs except for your accommodations.

Doing Europe for much cheaper is possible, but I don’t recommend it. One of my biggest regrets is not spending more on travel. Can you believe I didn’t try tapas when I was Barcelona? I was so focused on spending as little as possible that I didn’t think about the experiences.

That said, finding cheaper accommodations so you can spend more on food and experiences is definitely a good way to stretch your budget.

You could also consider cities and countries in Europe that offer good value such as Budapest and Istanbul. Heck, even Portugal is much cheaper compared to Spain.

Airfare

I like to estimate $650 for the cost of a Europe trip when it comes to airfare. If you’re flying from other parts of the world, it may be more or less than what I’ve estimated. It’s also worth noting that when you fly and where you’re flying can make a huge difference in price. I’ve seen flights to Amsterdam and Ireland much cheaper compared to other parts of Europe. Of course, flying in the summer will likely always be more expensive than in the spring in fall.

Being fully flexible is the best way to find cheap flights. However, there are a few other tricks you can use to save. Booking a multi-destination ticket – that’s where you fly into one city and out of another is often cheaper than a direct ticket. To get to your final destination, you can use trains or a low cost airline.

If you’re Canadian, you may want to consider applying for one of the best travel credit cards in Canada to help offset your costs by collecting points. For example, the American Gold Rewards Card gives you a signup bonus of up to 30,000 American Express Membership Rewards points which have a minimum value of $300 (potentially more if you transfer your points to Aeroplan or Marriott Bonvoy). There’s also the Scotiabank Passport Visa Infinite card that has no foreign transaction fees, a sign up bonus worth $250 and it comes with airport lounge access.   

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Accommodations

As you can imagine, your Europe trip cost will vary greatly depending on your style and where you visit. I recommend budgeting $150 a night for your hotel, which works out to $1,950 for 13 nights. From hostels to luxury hotels, Europe gives you a lot of options so you can easily find accommodations that fit your budget.

Hostels 

If you’re backpacking through Europe, then hostels will probably be your choice of accommodation. If you decide to go that route, you should be able to find a good hostel for $15 – $20 a night Alternatively, there are a lot of great boutique hostels out there that cost more but offer a better experience since they’re competing with hotels and Airbnb.

Recommendations: YHA London Central (London), Barnacles hostel (Dublin), The Flying Pig Uptown (Amsterdam), Goodmorning Hostel (Lisbon)

Mid-range hotels 

For those who think $150 is expensive, I would argue that it’s on the cheaper end. The reality is, hotels are expensive these days, so getting one for $150 a night is a pretty good deal. Remember, this is just an estimate. In some European countries, some hotels will cost you more while others will cost you less. You can also follow my guide on how to save money on hotels.

Recommendations: Alhambra Hotel (London), Stauntons on the Green (Dublin), Hotel Nicolaas Witsen (Amsterdam), Hotel Excelsior (Lisbon)

Luxury hotels

Regardless of what city you’re visiting, there will likely be luxury hotel options. If you like the experience or don’t mind spending the extra money, you may want to budget another $200 – $300 a night. Your Europe trip cost will obviously skyrocket if you’re going for luxury stays.

Recommendations: The Langham (London), Clontarf Castle (Dublin), Amsterdam Marriott Hotel (Amsterdam), Iberostar Lisboa (Lisbon)

Airbnb 

Depending on the city, I sometimes prefer to use Airbnb. I’ve been able to find private apartments in good locations for about $100 a night. If you’re travelling with kids or family, Airbnb can be a great deal since you should easily be able to find a space that fits your entire party. I do admit that Airbnb has become more expensive over the years, but it’s still a good hotel alternative.  If you haven’t used Airbnb before, use my invite and get a $45 credit towards your first stay.

If you have the right credit card, you can save a fair amount of money on hotels. For example, Canadians should consider the BMO World Elite Mastercard since it typically has a sign up bonus of $250 when you charge $3,000 to your card in the first three months of card membership. This card does have an annual fee of $150 but it’s normally waived for the first year so you’re getting $250 for free. There’s also the Marriott Bonvoy American Express which gives you 51,000 Marriott Bonvoy points when you charge $3,000 to your card in the first three months. That’s enough points for up to five free nights at some hotels which could easily have a value of over $650.

Local transportation

Since I’m assuming you’re doing thee cities during this trip, you’ll need to factor in flights and/or trains to each destination. I’m also assuming you’re booking a multi-destination ticket, so you don’t need to backtrack. Realistically speaking, budgeting $400 for location transportation may be a bit high, but remember, you also need to pay for trips to/from the airport, day trips, and any other public transportation you use.

Generally speaking, if you’re in Europe for just two weeks and visiting three cities/countries, getting a Eurail pass won’t be worth it. If you’re going to neighbouring countries or taking day trips, buying tickets as you need them is fine. That said, buying your train tickets well in advance (even before you depart) is usually worth it as you’ll get better prices and a confirmed seat.

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Attractions

This is where things can get tricky. Attractions aren’t expensive, but if you keep going into them, you’re naturally going to spend more. First off, always do the free things in every city you visit. That means checking to see if there are any free museums, art galleries that have no entrance fee. Note that even museums with an admission charge usually have a free day so you need to see if the timing works out.

Parks are always free, and quite often simply walking around neighbourhoods is the best way to see a new city and that doesn’t cost you anything. In Europe, there are also many free walking tours – well you need to pay a tip – but, that’s a cheap way to learn about the city.

Finally, check to see if there are any museum passes that will help you save money. Many cities offer something such as free entry into a bunch of attractions for a fixed price for a set period of time e.g. 24, 48, or 96 hours. You would need to do the math to see if the cost of the attractions you’re interested in makes up for the cost of the pass.

If you plan to pay for some attractions, check to see if Klook sells tickets. By buying your tickets in advance, you can usually get a small discount and skip the lines when you arrive.

Food and drink

Food and drink budget will vary by person, but a rough estimate for a meal including drink is as follows:

  • Breakfast – $5
  • Lunch – $10
  • Dinner – $30

That works out to $45 per person per day which some people will think is too much while others will think it’s too low. What I personally try to do is balance eating street/fast food with restaurants. I also go to grocery stores to get breakfast and snacks which I find saves me a lot of money. Cutting back on food will help you see Europe on a budget.

Every city and country you visit will have some kind of local delicacy which I highly recommend you try. To this day, I’m still mad at myself for not having tapas in Spain because I thought it was too expensive. I’m not suggesting you blow your budget on food, but it’s okay to splurge now and then.

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Random spending

Many people forget to include shopping when planning their vacation budget. It’s silly to think that you’ll spend nothing on random things; you’re going to buy gifts for people right? Plus, there will be plenty of souvenirs you’ll want to pick up for yourself regardless of how tacky they appear to be. There’s nothing wrong with buying gifts for yourself or friends, you just want to make sure you budget for it.

As you can imagine, some cities have better shopping experiences than others, so you need to think about where you’re going and budget accordingly. For example, you may be headed to Italy and have every intention of buying a leather purse. There’s nothing wrong with that, just make sure you’ve set aside some money for that purchase.

Final thoughts

So how much does it cost to go to Europe for 2 weeks? You know the answer – it depends! But, a good estimate is about $3,960. One time I spent just $2,300 because I focused on doing it for as cheap as possible. Another time I spent closer to $8,000 (for 2 people) when visiting just 3 cities. The cost of a Europe trip really depends on you. For more tips on how to save money on flights, hotels, food, and currency exchange; refer to my cost of travel series.

For more European inspiration, check out my guides to Scotland, Italy, Croatia, Austria, Malta and Greece.

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100 Comments

  1. Virna on January 9, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Great post. Our vacation plans for this year is to go to Denmark and Sweden. I heard that Scandinavia is really expensive. I found airline tickets for $1,600 for 2 people. Still looking for accommodations at Airbnb. My plan is not to go over our budget of $5k for our 11 day trip.

    • Barry Choi on January 9, 2017 at 4:32 pm

      Hey Virna,

      I’ve actually heard Scandinavia is expensive so let me know what the real costs are after. The good thing is, flights to Scandinavia have never been cheaper. You can get cheap flights if you fly via Iceland and I’ve also seen cheap airfare on Noreweigian.

    • Jonathan on December 22, 2019 at 11:07 am

      Hi I’m from south Africa and I’m looking to travel to barcelona for 2 weeks.

      I’m a student so I’m looking for as cheap as possible but I dont want to miss out on anything.

      I have a friend living in barcelona so accommodation is already paid for which is a big expense luckily.

      We are looking to travel to Greece and Amsterdam during this time.

      Was wondering if I take 2000 euros if that would be enough for the two weeks.

      Kind regards Jonathan

      • Barry Choi on December 22, 2019 at 5:38 pm

        Jonathan,

        Hi Jonathan, if you’re staying at hostels or inexpensive accommodations when you’re in Greece and Amsterdam, that should be enough. I’m assuming your flight isn’t part of that 2000 Euro budget.

  2. Tiffany Dang on February 25, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Thanks, Barry! You always have the best budget/travel advice 🙂

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  4. Julie on July 27, 2018 at 9:57 am

    I know this is a little old of a thread. I was able to backpack europe with a friend, and only staying in Airbnb. 980$ is what was spent on lodging. We were gone for 4 weeks. The total trip was $5,000 which included souvenirs, trains, rental cars, ferries to the Greek Islands and 4 flights. Two were one way tickets from JFK to Paris, then London to JFK. One of the flights was also $400 from Croatia to Greece. Some of the trains and ferries were accidentally booked first class (which after doing so, I recommend).

    • Barry Choi on July 27, 2018 at 10:01 am

      Hey Julie,

      Thanks for sharing. Europe can definitely be cheaper if you want it to be. My prices were rough estimates with hotels in mind instead of Airbnb. I love how travellers can see Europe on any budget and as you mentioned, they may still get the luxury experience unintentionally.

  5. J.C. on August 20, 2018 at 8:50 am

    Thanks for putting this site togehter. Im planning for a trip to Budapest and Athens, 1 week each, the first 2 weeks of October. Is it still tourist season at this time? Some say prices only drop mid way or end of October. Can you confirm or deny this?

    • Barry Choi on August 20, 2018 at 9:08 am

      JC,

      October tends to be slower for Budapest, but depending on where you go in Greece, parts may still be busy since it’s now cruising season in Europe

  6. J.C. on August 20, 2018 at 9:44 am

    Thanks for the rapid response, I’m planning on Athens since I’m greatly interested in the historic sites. Not going to any islands like Crete, Rhodes etc. Also out of interest a question if you don’t mind: do you think the recent economy stabilisation (although it probably won’t last long) will change the price of visiting Greece?

    • Barry Choi on August 20, 2018 at 12:38 pm

      Hi J.C,

      Generally speaking, October is the lower season, but since Athens is so popular, it’s not like you’ll see NO tourists, it’ll still be busy. As for their economic situation, I don’t there will be much change as their economy has been tanking for years without prices at hotels or restaurants falling.

  7. Muhib on September 18, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    I am planning a Euro trip from Canada. I am intending to visit Croatia, Amsterdam and France if possible London. My budget for me and my wife is 7000 USD.

    Any advise is much appreciated. Such as where to start and end must visit places and best time to go.

    • Barry Choi on September 18, 2018 at 7:55 pm

      Hi Muhib,

      With that budget, you should have no problems seeing those countries. London, Amsterdam, and Paris are quick train rides away from each other. Although Amsterdam and London can be a bit pricier, during the fall, you shouldn’t have many issues finding a reasonably priced hotel. Paris can be inexpensive if you choose a hotel outside of the main areas, just find a place near the metro.

      Adding Croatia gets a bit tricky since it’s not really close to the other countries. THat being said, you can find discount air carriers from London, Amsterdam, or Paris to get there. Most people who visit Croatia see more than just one city which is why you need to decide how much of the country you want to see when planning your trip.

  8. ANNE CHLOVECHOK on November 17, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    Hello! I’m planning out a ways (gives me something to look forward to) for Europe in spring, 2021. We’ll start at a friend’s relative’s in the Black Forest, then on to Paris by train, then Italy by train. Goals are Rome, Florence and Venice. I’m very excited, as I’ve never been to Europe. With staying free the first few nights in Germany, and then four of us sharing AirBnbs, I’m thinking (depending on airfair) that we might be able to do this for around $2,500 each. That’s the goal. I love the idea of looking for special food everywhere we go. In Puerto Rico, we ate the fried plantains, and I enjoyed those. Not sure what tapas is, but hope you get to go back and eat it!

    • Barry Choi on November 17, 2018 at 8:37 pm

      Anne,

      That sounds like a reasonable budget since you have some of your accommodations covered. As for tapas, it’s basically small plates meant for sharing. I actually went back to Barcelona earlier this year and splurged on tapas this time around. It was worth it!

  9. Anne Chlovechok on November 17, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    Good for you. Thanks for the tips.
    Anne

  10. Hector Herrand on December 25, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    Hi there, I’ll be visiting Europe for 9 days in Feb-Mar flying directly from Newark to Rome, from there to Paris and end the trip in Madrid. On airfare I spent USD 500, in lodging thru AirBnb and hotels a total of 225. I was wondering how much money should I expect to spend on attractions and food?
    Note: the amount mention above is per person and we are going to be 6 people in total.
    Note 2: thank you for reminding me to have a category of random expenses!

    • Barry Choi on December 26, 2018 at 8:11 am

      Hi Hector,

      How much you spend on food is really up to you. Generally speaking in Rome you can get takeaway pizza, sandwiches, or pasta for 5 – 7 Euros per person. Sit down places will probably cost you 10 – 15 Euros per person. I rented an apartment when I was in Rome last and saved a bunch by stocking up on water, drinks, and alcohol from the grocery store. That being said, food in Rome is EXCELLENT so you could easily end up spending more if you want to try more things. I ate gelato twice a day because it was so good there. I wasn’t even hungry, I just wanted it! I STRONGLY advise checking yelp or tripadvisor before dining at any restaurant as the quality can vary quite a bit. Be sure to ask your host for recommendations.

      The costs in Paris will likely be similar to Rome, probably a little cheaper (wine is cheaper than water). I haven’t been to Madrid so I can’t comment there, but I would suggest splurging on tapas one day.

      Random expenses ALWAYS come up which is why I always budget a little more.

  11. Liz on January 15, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    Planning a 10-11 day vacation for family of three( two adults one 7year old) in July 2019 to London, Amsterdam and Paris planning for a 7000 budget. Does this seem reasonable? Round trip from lax to Heathrow are about 2400 planning on doing Airbnb and we are not shoppers. Most likely spend on food, drinks and attractions. First time big vacation so exited!!!!!! Any feedback would be appreciated

    • Barry Choi on January 16, 2019 at 6:13 am

      Hi Liz,

      That sounds more than reasonable assuming you’re not staying at hotels that cost you $1,000 per night =D. In Paris, it’s easy to find cheaper accommodations. London hotels can be pricey, but there area areas that are more reasonable. Amsterdam tends to be expensive in general unless you stay in Amsterdam SOuth and the take the train into the main areas. That being said, with your budget, you can likely find hotels in good locations.

  12. Emilie McVey on January 22, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    We are going to Budapest, Kiev, Chisinau, and a couple stops in western Europe (Paris and somewhere else) in June, 2019, for about 23 days. International tickets aside, and with free lodging in Kiev, do you think $50 per person per day is reasonable? Two adults and one 17 ye old are our ages. We are not backpacking and we feel too old to sleep on someone’s couch for three weeks. Thanks for your input.

    • Barry Choi on January 22, 2019 at 4:41 pm

      Emilie,

      Does that $50 a day include accommodations? If not, that’s probably way low for an estimate. Food alone will cost you $50 if not more per day. You also need to factor in local transportation, attractions, and any souvenirs you may buy.

    • Denice on March 16, 2019 at 10:06 pm

      Hi!

      Thank you for this article. I am planning an European vacation for next year during the summer, Our trip can be any time between the months of July and August, there will be three of us, myself and my two daughters, 18 and 12. My budget is about 20,000 USD, I´m going to try to make it as long as I can stretch it, maybe 3 weeks, could it be stretched to 4?. I am not sure where exactly to go, I am thinking England, Paris, Italy for now, but that might change depending on where we can fly in and out of the cheapest. I guess my questions are, given that summer is the most expensive time to travel, which cities would you recommend traveling into and out of? I´m in the east coast. Also, I have read about hostels and I’m aprehensive about using them with my daughters, what is your take on them? Another concern of mine is traveling with my daughters, with me being a woman, are there any cities I should stay clear off because of crime? Any help, guidance is greatly appreciated! Thank you!

  13. Evan Garson on February 26, 2019 at 3:30 am

    Hi! Im playing on going on a 16 day eastern european trip to several countries with a budget of around $2500-2700. I plan to save a lot by going to grocery stores and using airbnb. However, I will be going in the wintertime when the world junior ice hockey championship is so the tickets of a couple games might cost $50-100. Is this a reasonable budget for 1 person?

    • Barry Choi on February 26, 2019 at 5:52 am

      Hey Evan,

      It can be done, but your flights and accommodations will eat up a lot of your costs. It also depends on how many countries you plan on going to. If you’re going to do Airbnb, try renting a private room as opposed to a private apartment since they’re cheaper.

  14. Marty Williams on March 13, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    Is it reasonable to expect to find a ticket to Greece or Italy for the $650 estimated price if we book now for July? I haven’t flown much so not sure, but looking at prices from US on Google seem to be more in the $1000-1500 range. Do I just not no where to go for a reasonable deal on a ticket? Any help is appreciated.

    • Barry Choi on March 13, 2019 at 7:55 pm

      Marty,

      July is the summer so prices tend to be higher. For whatever reason, it’s usually a bit more expensive to fly into Greece as opposed to other destinations within Europe. It might be cheaper to fly into a major hub such as London or Amsterdam and then catching a discount carrier from there.

  15. Denice on March 16, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    Thank you for this article. I am planning an European vacation for next year during the summer, Our trip can be any time between the months of July and August, there will be three of us, myself and my two daughters, 18 and 12. My budget is about 20,000 USD, I´m going to try to make it as long as I can stretch it, maybe 3 weeks, could it be stretched to 4?. I am not sure where exactly to go, I am thinking England, Paris, Italy for now, but that might change depending on where we can fly in and out of the cheapest. I guess my questions are, given that summer is the most expensive time to travel, which cities would you recommend traveling into and out of? I´m in the east coast. Also, I have read about hostels and I’m aprehensive about using them with my daughters, what is your take on them? Another concern of mine is traveling with my daughters, with me being a woman, are there any cities I should stay clear off because of crime? Any help, guidance is greatly appreciated! Thank you!

    Note, sorry, I just realized I commented on the wrong place before. I apologize.

    • Barry Choi on March 17, 2019 at 7:45 pm

      Hi Denice,

      That budget is pretty healthy so I think you’ll do alright. Here are some things to consider. Have you talked to your daughters about where they want to go? It may be worth letting each daughter choose one destination or country ad then you pick one. That will give you three spots to build your itinerary around. I do believe you could stretch our your itinerary to 4 weeks as long as you don’t go all out on everything. That being said, even at $250 USD per night for hotels, you’d only spend $7,000 for 28 nights.

      Figure out your destinations first and then you can work out flights. Getting to Europe will be more expensive in the summer, but getting around once you’re there is realtively inexpensive due to discount carriers.

      Hostels can be okay to save money, but again, your budget is quote high so you’d be better off getting a hotel. ALternatively, Airbnb can be a great option for 3 people. That being said, some hostels have private rooms that sleep 4 and have their own bathroom so they might be worth considering. I just think it would be better to use Airbnb.

      As for crime. I don’t think it’s fair to say one city is more dangerous than the other. You should obviously do some research about local scams and find out if certain areas are less safe than others, but use common sense when you travel e.g. don’t show off valuables, don’t walk down dark streets alone.

      • Denice on March 18, 2019 at 7:22 pm

        Hi Barry,

        Thank you for your quick response! I will definitely ask my daughters to pick a city/country they want to visit, and then go from there. I´ll also be reading more of your posts to help me along, and will be asking you questions as well,

    • Natalee Lucio on October 22, 2019 at 2:40 am

      Hi, I am trying to plan a 15 day trip (not counting 3 days for travel to and from the United States). We want to spend 3 days in Amsterdam, take a night sleeper train to Munich on night 3. Spend maybe a half day exploring Munich before heading to Italy for 5-6 days. From Italy we want to travel to France for 2 days. From France we will travel to Spain for the last few days and fly home from there. Its myself, my husband and our teenage children. I will probably only have between $10,000-$11,000 for our trip, our flights would not be coming out of that. Normally when we travel, we do bananas and oranges for breakfast to save money but we’ve only traveled in the US so I’m not sure how that would work. Is a trip like this doable on that budget?

      • Barry Choi on October 22, 2019 at 8:35 am

        Natalee,

        It’s probably doable on that budget, but I think you’re packing in too much. You have 15 days and you want to go to the following:

        Amsterdam
        Munich
        Italy (where I assume you’ll go to more than one place)
        France
        Spain

        You’ll essentially be on the road every 3 days which is crazy busy. Based on your itinerary, Munich seems like the easiest destination to drop. I’d also even consider dropping Spain so you can spend more time in Italy and France.

        There are plenty of grocery stores in Europe so you can eat for cheap for breakfast if you like.

        • natalee morgantini-lucio on October 22, 2019 at 9:53 am

          Hi Berry, thank you for your reply. Originally my plan was Amsterdam, Italy and Spain but the sleeper train from Amsterdam to Germany makes since so we can sleep while traveling so we aren’t really losing time there and my husband wants to see France over Spain and its closer to Italy so I guess Spain is out. Yes in Italy we want to do Venice and Rome.

          • Barry Choi on October 22, 2019 at 12:20 pm

            ALthough you would save on accommodations and technically travel, you’re still adding another destination. Right now you’re looking at:

            Amsterdam
            Munich
            Rome
            Venice
            France

            This is all in two weeks. Are you going to skip Florence? How much of France are you planning on doing?



  16. Gloria on March 26, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    Hello Barry!

    My husband and I are planning a trip to Europe this summer around July for two weeks. We’re budgeting about $4000 (or a bit over depending) each person and want to visit at least 4 cities while we are there. Our top picks are London, Amsterdam, Paris, and somewhere in Italy! Is it doable with our budget? And will we have enough time in each city? We’re flying out from LA and wondering where we should start first. I think a lot of people fly out to UK and start there. Would that be the best course? And flights look most expensive in July and August. Will we be able to plan something in June or is that too soon?? (It’s almost April already) sorry I just bombarded you with so many questions.
    Any help is appreciated!! We’re super excited and want to make sure we get the best scenario for our trip!

    • Aaron on January 24, 2020 at 2:07 am

      Hi Barry,

      I second this question from Gloria please!

      We have 14-15 days and right now thinking spain, italy, france. Leaning towards warmer time of year where we can maybe go to a couple beaches. However we are open to weather in 60s or above. How soon in advance should we be booking this trip?
      Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

      • Barry Choi on January 24, 2020 at 3:39 pm

        Yikes, I don’t know how I missed Gloria’s question last year.

        With 14-15 days, I personally would stick to three locations at max with maybe a few day trips on the site. You could easily spend 14-15 days in each of the three countries you’ve listed. I personally recommend going with what your top priorities are. If you want beaches, Spain and France are probably your best bets. Maybe start in PAris, head to southern France and then make your way to Barcelona where you can fly home? I would save Italy for another trip where you do that country on its own.

  17. Audrey on April 11, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Hello! My boyfriend and I are leaving May 9th and returning on June 5th (27 days). We are going to London (staying with family), Brussels, Bruges, Munich, Vienna, Salzburg, Interlaken, Milan, Barcelona & Madrid. We booked all of our hostels & aribnbs, bought the eurail pass and paid for our flights. How much should we bring with us for food, attractions, etc for those 27 days?

    • Barry Choi on April 11, 2019 at 3:19 pm

      Audrey,

      It really depends on how many attractions you want to see and if you’re foodies or not. Many attractions (especially in London are free), but you could also spend 10 – 20 Euros per museum which adds up quickly. Be sure to do your research to see what’s free and pick one attraction in each city that you’re willing to pay for. Food can be cheap if you visit the grocery store your entire trip and make sandwiches, but that gets boring fast. Between the two of you, you could spend $20 – $100 a day depending on what you like to eat. That being said, many hostels offer free or cheap breakfast so you won’t need to buy every meal.

      • Audrey on April 11, 2019 at 3:29 pm

        I think we planned on doing a grocery store breakfast, street food for lunch, and a sit-down/casual meal for dinner. Naturally, we are trying to stick to free attractions. We both enjoy doing things on our own but definitely will at some point pay to get in.

        I think we were each planning to bring $3,000 for 27 days ($6,000 total). This would be for food, miscellaneous transportation & attractions. Do you think this is enough? We don’t plan on living lavishly but also not living like “bums” 🙂

        I truly appreciate your reply. I have been reading your articles and you are fantastic. Thank you for your advice!

        • Barry Choi on April 11, 2019 at 4:03 pm

          Hey Audrey,

          I think that’s a great budget and you’re being smart about your meals. One piece of advice, don’t save just for the sake of saving while there. Enjoy this month with your boyfriend. I personally would rather save money at home where I skip coffee/snack breaks and pack more lunches. You should be able to enjoy as much gelato as you want in Italy guilt free.

          Don’t forget to factor in spending on things such as local transportation and souvenirs. You won’t spend a ton on that stuff, but it’s something many people forget to account for.

      • Alexandra on May 1, 2019 at 5:35 pm

        Hi, i’m planing to travel to Europe next year around Easter time with my teenage son for 2 weeks, our plans are to visit Barcelona, Madrid (soccer game) Paris and Italy, i estimated $6000 for our budget , planning on using Airbnb and trains and lot of walk , which it could be the more economic order to visit those countries?

        • Barry Choi on May 1, 2019 at 8:46 pm

          Hi Alexandra,

          Booking an award flight for 4 persons is challenging.

          Hawaii being a popular vacation destination, finding award seats can be difficult. I would suggest to set up price alerts for Hawaii flights as this is a very competitive route. It’s often a better value to pay for the flight than using miles.

          As for Asia, the biggest challenge is to find the transpacific flights. But if you book well in advance and are flexible on your dates you can find 4 award seats in business class on Air Canada to several destinations in Asia. You can also often find availability on Air China if you don’t mind a layover in China. United could also be a solution for some routes via one of their major hubs like Chicago, Houston, Washington or San Francisco. Finally, you can be lucky and find flights on EVA directly to Taiwan as they fly to Toronto, Vancouver and several US cities.

          Once in Asia, you will have more options since there are more Star Alliance airlines to choose from including Asiana, Singapore Airlines, Air Nippon and Thai Airways. Finding availability is also easier since there are more flights and some airlines like Singapore Airline releases more business class award seats for short hauls than they release for long international flights.

          Note that since Aeroplan search engine has limited capacity for long and complicated itineraries, you will have to search for each leg one by one as one-ways to see if there is availability.

          In conclusion, it is possible to make such a trip for 4 people in business class, but it will require a fair amount of preparation and luck!

        • Barry Choi on May 1, 2019 at 8:53 pm

          Alexandra,

          It depends on where you’re flying from and what direct routes you have available. Paris, Rome, and Barcelona are all major hubs so it might not be that difficult to figure out a route. You also need to factor in if there’s a certain date you need to be in Madrid for the soccer game.

  18. Annie on April 16, 2019 at 12:35 am

    Hi there! I came across this post while trying to research info about traveling to Europe. My 2 friends and I are trying to plan a trip to France, UK, and possibly Austria within 8-10 days in mid-December. We’re trying to figure out about how much the trip might cost for each of us if we are able to stay with people we know at these destinations. We threw around the number $2000-2500 USD, but I was wondering if you even thought this would be possible (esp so close to the holidays)? We are planning on taking in the sites as much as we can, and want to experience the culture of each of these places, yet we want to do it on a tight budget! Would love to know your thoughts and any advice you might have.

    • Barry Choi on April 16, 2019 at 11:32 am

      Annie,

      It’s possible, but your flight alone would eat up a fair amount of your budget. You also need to factor in the train and flights when you’re in Europe. Food can be cheap, but it can add up unless you’re just eating fast food or getting groceries. Many attractions are free, but there will be ones you want to pay for.

      I think it would be tight, not impossible, but I’d personally budget a little more.

      • Annie on April 16, 2019 at 1:22 pm

        Thank you for a quick response! We’ll see what we can do – hopefully the trip will all work out!

  19. Jae on April 23, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    My husband and I are planning a trip to Europe this summer around July for two weeks. We’re budgeting about $4000 (or a bit over depending) each person and want to visit at least 4 cities while we are there. Our top picks are London, Amsterdam, Paris, and somewhere in Italy! Is it doable with our budget? And will we have enough time in each city? We’re flying out from LA and wondering where we should start first. I think a lot of people fly out to UK and start there. Would that be the best course? And flights look most expensive in July and August. Will we be able to plan something in June or is that too soon?? (It’s almost April already) sorry I just bombarded you with so many questions.
    Any help is appreciated!! We’re super excited and want to make sure we get the best scenario for our trip!

    • Barry Choi on April 23, 2019 at 2:20 pm

      Hi Jae,

      I think it’s doable but just note that you’re choosing 4 expensive destinations. In Paris and Italy, you can likely find reasonable accommodations but London and Amsterdam are a bit on the more expensive side.

      For two weeks, I think 4 cities is the maximum you can do. If you need to drop one, drop Italy as that country deserves a trip on its own. London, Paris, and Amsterdam are all within train distance which will make your life easier. Where you start and begin depends on what direct routes you have available to you and prices. Once you’re on the ground, it’s easy to get around. Heck a flight from London to Amsterdam might only cost you $110 USD one-way.

      June is a great time to go, those cities don’t require too much planning.

      • Jae on April 24, 2019 at 1:45 pm

        Thank you so much Barry! We are so excited! 🙂

  20. Rhoda on May 15, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    I will be in England, France & Scotland for 2 weeks in June. Thankfully, I will be staying with a friend. I’m not into buying tons of souvenirs, and I don’t expect we’ll be eating out much. Planning to go to lots of free museums & walks in London. We will take train into London & Paris. I’ve been reading every bit of advice I can. Thank you for your helpful articles!

  21. Jessica on May 28, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    Hi Barry,
    Im planning to go Europe trip 2 weeks.What 3 -4 cities can you suggest.Mostly do sightseeing, eat from grocery stores, staying at budget Airbnb or hostels, Do free stuff as possible.How much should be the cost.Including air fare.i will be going with my husband as our wedding anniversary.
    Thanks

    • Barry Choi on May 28, 2019 at 1:12 pm

      Jessica,

      My article gives you a good estimate of costs with some recommended cities. If you’re trying to do things cheap, you should look at eastern Europe. You also need to consider what flights you have available to you e.g. is it cheaper for you to fly direct to say Paris or Rome? There are so many variables in play that I can’t just give you a blanket statement or estimate.

  22. Jessica on May 28, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    Hi Barry
    Thanks for getting back to me.
    We plan to start from Paris then 1 day in Prague then Rome Italy to finish.I want to visit Amsterdam but this city is a bit pricey.I hope 2 weeks is enough to cover major attractions, try food and wander around.

    • Barry Choi on May 28, 2019 at 3:27 pm

      Jessica,

      Paris, Prague, and Rome aren’t close together but you can get to each one by taking discount carriers. You should probably restrict your itinerary to 4 cities at max or 3 with day trips. Every city can be affordable if you stay outside of the major tourist areas and use public transit.

  23. Catherine todd on June 2, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    Helpful site! But you don’t say where you are based out of, when you mention airfare costs. Info please! And thanks.

    • Barry Choi on June 3, 2019 at 9:35 am

      Hey Catherine,

      I’m based out of Canada, but with flight prices, I tend to give an average from North America.

  24. Catherinetodd on June 3, 2019 at 9:58 am

    Where in North America? Big difference between east and west coast!

  25. Matt Foo on June 25, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Hi Barry,
    So glad I stumbled upon this article, very useful info and helpful advice. Thank you!
    I am planning a trip to Europe perhaps end 2020 for my family of 6 (3 adults, 2 teenagers & a 11yo) for 2 weeks or max 3 from Malaysia/Singapore. 1st trip.
    Staying with friends in Manchester, hope to take a trip to London. Also visit friends in Geneva.
    What other cities would you recommend? possible for a budget of usd15k? Mainly Airbnb, groceries, some eating outs, buying food stuff home, minimal souvenirs, mainly doing free stuff if possible.
    Thanks Barry.

    • Barry Choi on June 26, 2019 at 12:00 pm

      Matt,

      If you’re staying in Manchester and you plan on going to Geneva too, I would just look for another stop in between the two via a discount carrier. Paris and Amsterdam are likely cities that fit your route.

      I think your budget is pretty reasonable. It’s the flights that will cost you the most.

  26. Josephine on June 26, 2019 at 12:18 am

    Hi Barry,

    We are currently living in Dubai. We (with my boyfriend) are planning to do a Europe Tour. Which country would you recommend most? Planning for a 3-4 week vacation. Would love to see Paris,Rome, Amsterdam, London, Norway,and Prague. What do you think? Any recommendations for perfect destination for us? And propose budget for both of us?

    • Barry Choi on June 26, 2019 at 12:03 pm

      Josephine,

      If you have 3-4 weeks, you can do quite a lot, but I would recommend to sticking to a route that’s logical and limits the amount of time you’re on sitting on trains. Right now you’ve listed all the major cities but Norway is sort of out of the way. If you’re going to Rome, you should probably check out Florence too.

      I would recommend choosing 3-4 MUST SEE destinations first and then building your itinerary from there. I can’t recommend you the perfect destination as I don’t know what type of traveller you are or the type of person you are.

  27. Matt on June 26, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    Thanks Barry, appreciate your input.

  28. kavita on June 30, 2019 at 5:20 am

    Me and my husband are planning to visit to Amsterdam, paris and swiss by the end of August 2019 from India. we have no clue how to plan a budget travel as we never been there in europe. please give your input to plan our budget travel. thanks in advance 🙂

    • Barry Choi on June 30, 2019 at 7:15 am

      Kavita,

      Just start researching everything. Look up the cost of flights from India first then start looking at hotels or Airbnb in the destinations you want to go to. AMsterdam and Paris are a quick train ride away from each other, but if you want to go to Switzerland, you may need to fly. Switzerland can be quite expensive.

  29. Stefanie on July 12, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    Hi Barry,

    I am glad I stumbled across your website. I have not travelled much at all and never internationally, but I want to take my daughter, who just graduated from high school to France and possibly Germany in the next couple of months.Can you recommend what cities or areas we should see, definitely Paris, but I wasn’t sure if I should consider other areas? I was planning on probably 8-10 days in Europe. We love history and museums and music (my daughter is a cellist and singer). Also, since it’s just the 2 of us and we don’t have any international travel experience, do you think it would be better for us to stay at hotels or Airbnb?

    Thank you for all your great suggestions!

    • Barry Choi on July 12, 2019 at 8:17 pm

      Hi Stefanie,

      If this is your first time travelling to Europe, you should ask your daughter what city she wants to see most and build around that. 8-10 days will give you enough time to see two cities with maybe one day trip. If she’s a cellist and singer, perhaps Vienna will appeal to her? Hotels or AIrbnb likely wouldn’t make a difference. Just go with what fits your budget.

  30. Liam on July 15, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    Hey Barry!

    Im planning a 2 and a half month, Western Europe trip in summer of ’21 and was wondering, if I am backpacking through France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Czechia, Austria, Italy and Switzerland could I reasonably get by with 10,000? Airfare and a eurorail pass to get around wouldn’t be included. Just wanted to know if I am out of my mind or if thats a reasonable price if Im spending 100 a day, on hostels and food and then would have around 2.5 for a little bit of wiggle room. Just wanted someone who has done this before to get their opinion on it please!

    • Barry Choi on July 16, 2019 at 4:17 pm

      Hi Liam,

      If you’re slow travelling and staying in hostels, that amount will likely be more than enough. Some countries will cost more than others but everything should balance in the end.

  31. Pamela English on July 23, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    This was great and gave me better idea’s on a visit to Europe, thank you very much. I’m a 68 year young woman and thinking about going to see my friend in Portsmouth. I don’t have a clue on budget. I’ve never been to Europe so I thought on a budget of $2000.
    I could possibly do this for 7 to 10 days staying with my friend of course. I’d like to see a couple of places, Rome and Paris.

    • Barry Choi on July 24, 2019 at 8:25 am

      Pamela,

      That budget is tight and likely wouldn’t leave you much wiggle room. Even though you’ll stay with your friend in Portsmouth, you’ll need to get there first which may eat a lot of your budget depending on where you’re flying from. You’ll then need to factor in flights and hotels in Rome and Paris. There’s also food and attractions to consider.

  32. Kay on July 29, 2019 at 1:09 am

    Hi! I’m looking to plan a trip with a friend from LAX to Switzerland. I found round trip tickets to Zurich for $550 and definitely want to go to Grindelwald (we’re both hikers and Harry’s potter fans). It looks like accommodation in Grindelwald can work out to about $100 per day, so $50 per person. Is that a reasonable budget for Zurich as well? We’re not looking at hotels but Airbnb and hostels. We plan to eat maybe 1 meal a day at a restaurant and definitely breakfast at the hostel or Airbnb. Does a budget of about $1,000 per person for one week sounds reasonable to you? I was surprised while pricing it out that accommodation, travel etc. basically double the cost of the trip. Any recommendations for Switzerland (specifically near the Zurich and Grindelwald areas)?

  33. Kay on July 29, 2019 at 1:12 am

    The above $1,000 is for 6-7 days.

    • Barry Choi on July 29, 2019 at 7:28 am

      Hey Kay,

      If you’re able to keep your accommodation costs down it’s doable, but note that Switzerland, in general, is expensive. You’ll also need to budget for food, transportation and attractions which can add up quickly.

  34. Shankar on July 29, 2019 at 10:40 am

    Hi Barry,

    Really a great article. I need your suggestion on my itenary and budget. I am from India and planning a first time trip to Europe covering 14 countries stating from Turkey to Greece (10 days), Italy(10 days), Paris (only) 5 days, Swizterland(4days), Luxembourg 3days, Belgium 4 days, Netherlands 4 days, Austria 7 days, Budapest 3 days, Prague 3 days, Denmark 3 days, Sweden 3 days, Norway 5 days and finally 10 days in Iceland. A total of 75 days in Schengen Area. and 5 days in Turkey. Me and my wife and our 1yr old son will be doing this trip and I plan to start in March 2020. My budget is 13000 Euros. I am planning on getting a EU global pass most of my europe travel will be in trains apart from a few places like India to Paris, Iceland to India and Athens to Venice, etc and staying at airbnb everywhere I go. I also want to do food cheap apart from eating/tasting local delicacies once per city, Only going to free attractions or buying citypasses.

    Is this doable? what are your suggestions and comments?

    • Barry Choi on July 29, 2019 at 10:47 am

      Hi Shankar,

      Thanks for reaching out. I think your budget is reasonable, but I think you’re being a bit ambitious with your itinerary. You could likely do it if it was just your wife and you, but with a 1 year old, it’ll be torture.

      Train travel sounds easy with a 1 year old, but your son will be on your lap the entire time. Every time he gets adjusted to a new spot (don’t forget about jetlag), you’ll be on the move again.

      When I traveller with my wife and 9 month old, we originally planned to do Copenhagen, Stockholm, Amsterdam and Brussels in about 21 days. We realized that we didn’t want to be on the move so much so we ended up doing Rome for 7 days and Amsterdam for 14 days. This made travelling and the experience much easier.

      If I were you, I would personally cut back on locations quite a bit.

      • Shankar on July 29, 2019 at 10:53 am

        Thank you Barry. Will do and what locations should I remove If I reduce it to say 45 days If I start in March 2020. What would be my must see locations around March/May timeline.

        Really appreciate the quick turn around and please help me with your suggestion

        • Barry Choi on July 29, 2019 at 10:57 am

          Shankar,

          I think you and wife should just choose the locations you want to see most and work from there. I personally quite enjoyed Turkey and it’s not that expensive compared to some other cities. Italy is a bit more expensive but I loved it. March is still a bit cold in England and Scandanavia so maybe start from the east and make your way west?

          With 45 days, you’ll still have LOTS of time. It’ll also allow you to enjoy cities more. I mentioned I did 15 days in Amsterdam, that’s considered long since the city doesn’t have much to see, but we enjoyed just going for walks and living like locals.

  35. Lori on August 10, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    I’m going to Scotland and Ireland for 10 days in early September. Right now the budget is at $3870 per person. We booked a guided tour which includes all of our accomodations, bus transportation, tours and 19 meals. Plane tickets were $645 per person round trip from North America. Does that seem expensive? My significant other thinks that $387 a day is expensive for Europe. Some meals are not included based on the nature of the tour so we will be on our own.

    • Barry Choi on August 10, 2019 at 3:17 pm

      Lori,

      It definitely seems on the higher side compared to if you booked things on your own, but it’s not an apples to apples comparison. As you mentioned, just about everything is included in your tour including a guide which is why prices are likely higher.

      You could do Ireland and Scotland on your own for cheaper, but then you need to figure out all the logistics on your own.

  36. Arvind on November 13, 2019 at 8:41 am

    Hi

    We(4 members) are planning for Europe trip next year. Can i know best time to travel and what is the avg budget during that season. Do also have any travel tips and places to visit for sure. My trip will be 2 weeks period.

  37. Fatima on November 18, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    Hello I am planning for a family vacation to europe: paris, london, rome, for 4 adults, 2 kids, and 1 infant with budget of $10k which include ticket, hotel, for 10 days on january. Any thought. Do u think that is enough budget.. Is it doable for three places to go. Thanks

    • Fatima on November 18, 2019 at 3:00 pm

      How and where can I get best deal for airline tickets

    • Barry Choi on November 18, 2019 at 7:57 pm

      Hi Fatima,

      That budget is going to be tough as you’ll need 6 flights and probably two hotel rooms in each location. With just 10 days, doing 3 different locations is likely too much. I would personally stick to two or just one country. As for the best deal for airline websites, I like using Google Flights or KAYAK.

  38. Tiffany on December 10, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    Hi, first thank you for your site and information! I’m planning a solo trip to Europe but not sure how much I should save. I’m flying from NYC and as of today the tickets to my top 3 destinations (Italy, Spain, Greece) are only $350 or less RT. I’ll only be going to only one of the countries and will only have 6-7 days to work with. I’d like to stay in a 3-4 star hotel. What are your thoughts on budget? Should I consider multiple destinations? I honestly don’t want to go over $2k-$3k but I want to pull the plug since the tickets are so cheap.

    I know this is vague :/. Thank you so much for your help!

  39. jes on December 11, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    HI

    I am planning a trip to Germany – 4 nights, Austria 2 nights and Slovenia – 4 nights. With hotels, flights and innercity transfer its about $2200. I expect my total trip to cost around 3,400 after food, souvenirs, day trips etc Is that good for a solo travel or can i cut it down a bit?

    • Barry Choi on December 11, 2019 at 8:20 pm

      Hi Jes,

      I think that budget is fine. You’ve budgeted a lot for food, souvenirs and day trips, but I don’t think you’ll spend that much.

  40. Kristi on January 12, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    Hi! Do you have any suggestions for traveling with a wheelchair? We are planning a trip to Europe this summer, July, for 5 people including my son (mobile but in a wheelchair for any distance) and my 82 year old father. Do you have any suggestions? We have a little over two weeks and the only must do is Paris (and Disney). We don’t have a set budget yet but probably about 10,000 not including flights from US.

    • Barry Choi on January 13, 2020 at 11:58 am

      Kristi,

      Unfortunately, as I’ve never travelled with a wheelchair, I can’t really comment. All I can really say is that many cities have quick a few stone roads e.g. Rome and Amsterdam where it may be slightly difficult with a wheelchair.

  41. Anibal on January 19, 2020 at 9:47 am

    Hi Barry
    What is the most cheapest month to travel France? I’ll travel 20 days to France, specifically Le Havre, and the planned date to trip is October 2020.

    • Barry Choi on January 19, 2020 at 12:19 pm

      Anibal,

      I find October and April to be the cheapest but since you’re going to be in a smaller town, prices don’t tend to go down that much.

  42. Selwan Bassiouny on February 1, 2020 at 4:09 am

    Hello Bary ,

    so i’m from Egypt anyways yet I’m planning for an European round tour for around 15 days as max.
    ( Greece, Italy , Spain , France, Germany , Netherlands , Amsterdam ) with a plan of 2 days per city ,
    The thing is this is my first solo trip abroad and also this is my first ever trip abroad and i am a bit scared from where to go and so on and also i don’t know how much money i should keep on me and how much should i expect to pay like on airplanes and hostels or even coach serving , i am also aware that this trip would be perfect if i made it on September or October so if you could help that would be awesome and highly appreciated , Thank you so much .

    • Selwan Bassiouny on February 1, 2020 at 4:11 am

      I’m Actually a bit torn between what i just mention and South Korea round tour as it’s my dream country anyways ! ♥

    • Barry Choi on February 1, 2020 at 8:48 am

      Hi Selwan,

      I just flew through Egypt. DO NOT try to do 6 countries in 15 days. Think about what you just said. 2 days per city and you’re not factoring in transit times. Each country also has multiple cities. You will NOT enjoy it. I recommend 4 cities at max in 15 days even that’s rushing things. 3 is safer with day trips when you can.

      Hostels and airfare will be paid in advance. You can easily find out costs before you depart. Daily costs on food and attractions are up to you. Credit cards are widely accepted and you can just withdraw cash as you need it from ATMs.

      If South Korea is your dream destination, I would personally go there first. If you want to do a tour, just look for a good tour operator. G Adventures is one of the best.

      https://www.gadventures.com/destinations/asia/south-korea/

  43. Leslie Rodriguez on February 5, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    Hi Barry! I will be going to Europe for 12 days in March. (London, Paris, Switzerland and Italy). I have already paid for flights, hotels, transportation and breakfast. It was all a total of about $3,800. Now I have to focus on saving up for lunches, dinners, and little miscellaneous things (gondola rides, the louvre tickets, souvenirs, etc.) and that’s pretty much it. I have $5,000 saved up. Do you think that’s enough or should I save up more?

    Thanks!!!

    • Barry Choi on February 6, 2020 at 5:22 am

      Leslie,

      If all your flights, hotels, transportation and breakfast is covered, $5,000 is more than enough unless you like to eat and shop A LOT.

  44. esmee :) on February 6, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    Hello!

    me and my friend are planning to follow an artist on tour through Europe and see him around ten times in maybe 2 months, how much would we have to save up for this trip? we’re both from the Netherlands which means we don’t need plane tickets to fly over from another continent.

    i calculated it might be around €5000 euros each including food, hotels, concert tickets, random spendings and train/plane tickets.

    also, would you advice going by train or by car?

    • Barry Choi on February 7, 2020 at 8:30 am

      Esmee,

      I think your estimate is decent, but it shouldn’t be hard to get an accurate estimate since you know where the artist is playing. Just look at the tour dates and start figuring out when it makes sense to train and fly.

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