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The way the pound is going towards the Euro France will be an expensive place to visit if £1. 00 = €1. 00 as even the fuel will not be much cheaper. At the money it is £1. 00 to €1. 10 but I think the best you will get will be about €1. 08.

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Is this thread becoming competitive? Who spends most and who spends least?

I didn't think so. The OP asked what it costs and having given my costs I answered PandR's query as to whether I and others had actually included everything which I took to be just a query. Personally I don't give a monkey's what anyone else pays out on holiday as I am happy with what I spend so I certainly am not into competition, and I didn't think those that spend more were either, but just trying to give an honest answer to a newby's query. It goes back to what Val said early in the thread that it all depends on what you choose and I say vive la difference.

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The way the pound is going towards the Euro France will be an expensive place to visit if £1. 00 = €1. 00 as even the fuel will not be much cheaper. At the money it is £1. 00 to €1. 10 but I think the best you will get will be about €1. 08.

I would think there will be a % who do not go due to exchange rates, how high this is we will see as uk sites will be more full if so.

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I would think there will be a % who do not go due to exchange rates,

 

Looking in my diaries I see that in Spain during the winter of 2008 the exchange rate was slightly worse than it is now. We got €1. 05 again the GBP. I can't say that I noticed fewer Brits in Spain than in previous years.

Incidentally, the best years for favourable exchange rate were 2002 and 2003. Then it hovered between €1. 60 and €1. 70 to the GBP

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So here's my pennyworth. . . .. . .. . .. . .. . . My longest time away is the winter spent in Spain. That lasts for 122 days, which is the maximum length of stay allowed by Red Pennant. For the past few years I've listed my costs at the end of each year's blog, but as they only differ slightly from year to year here is an average sample.

 

Return fare from Portsmouth to Northern Spain using a friend's discount around £630

Site fees including electricity for three and a bit months on my main site is £800

Site fees on the journey down and back, usually around £180

Fuel for the journey both ways around £200

Red Pennant for 122 days £290. . . .. . .. . .. . .. . .

Exchange rate fluctuations vary from year to year but total cost is around £2000.

 

I don't include supermarket shopping or local fuel costs because I have those both at home and away.

What 'friends discount' do you use to get a sizeable reduction on that ferry route or is it the time of year you are travelling?

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As far as the OP title, I would budget on spending £90 a day.

 

If you spend less . ...you can either stay longer or come home with some cash.

 

If you spend more . ..you can either come home sooner or accept it's a holiday extravagance.

 

 

Personally I see no virtue in continuing what you do at home, when on holiday.

We eat out much more. .. to experience local cuisine and let them do the washing up! We visit local attractions, places of interest, that may have entrance fees. What's the point of driving hundreds of miles to sit in your caravan and admire the site?

 

Most of these holiday actitvities cost money. Even shopping in foreign supermarkets encourages you to try different things. ..that are extra to the normal cost of living.

 

In contrast, my neighbour's recently spent £4000 on a 10day Danube cruise.

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What 'friends discount' do you use to get a sizeable reduction on that ferry route or is it the time of year you are travelling?

 

Probably the fact that it's winter makes it look cheaper compared with summer prices. The friends discount is supposed to be "up to 10%" - but all I've ever had is around 6%. Still "every little helps"... B)

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Are we the only ones who don't have a holiday budget? We know what our monthly income is, and that minus essential outgoings is what we have available to spend. As long as we don't spend more than that, we're happy.

 

And we certainly don't sit in the caravan and admire the site, we swim, walk, canoe, cycle, visit markets, people watch over a coffee, go bird watching, or to a. beautiful local village or 'sight' but rarely pay entrance fees because we like 'nature' and wildlife and just 'wandering' more than Chateaux,museums, galleries etc. Of course we visit some places but they have to be very special.

 

We also enjoy trying different foods, but I love cooking, and people tell me I am good at it. so we tend to eat at home. My OH then socialises over the washing up and we might then have a drink in the campsite bar, or with other people staying on site.

 

As I said in my first post, we all make different choices but at least th O P is getting a wide range of budgets.

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Are we the only ones who don't have a holiday budget? We know what our monthly income is, and that minus essential outgoings is what we have available to spend. As long as we don't spend more than that, we're happy.

No Val, you are not the only ones - see my post #7 - when we are away for our 4/5/6 month trips we spend what we think is ok, we don't count up the overall cost when we get back and if we can't pay the credit card off monthly at all times we would get worried and rethink our next time out. If we have to raid our savings to pay for anything, that's just sad for the kids inheritance

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Looking in my diaries I see that in Spain during the winter of 2008 the exchange rate was slightly worse than it is now. We got €1. 05 again the GBP. I can't say that I noticed fewer Brits in Spain than in previous years.

Incidentally, the best years for favourable exchange rate were 2002 and 2003. Then it hovered between €1. 60 and €1. 70 to the GBP

Your right as you was there, but wages are Lower now compared to 2003 and 2002. This with a Lower exchange rate might effect it differently to then. I for one could earn more then and I am not alone.

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Its going to very hard to predict for someone else but we have been doing 11 week trips since 1998 and apart from obvious inflation over the years our costs vary very little.

 

Absolutley all in ferry+insurance+campsites+fuel+tolls plus all other spending it rarely varies much from £55 a night.

 

We dont eat out much (maybe 4 0r 5 times) we use discounted sites only if we were going to use them anyway, we dont travel on the cheapest crossings, we use toll roads when it makes life easier and we eat and drink what we want.

 

 

When we take our 6 week autumn trip and applying exactly the same principles it runs out at approx £65 a night.

 

This spring we took a ferry to Spain cut shoirt our cheap long stay site and used others quite a lot dearer and for some reason it still worked out at £55, the only variable I could see was less eating out but I couldnt be sure how much we saved in that way.

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I only spent about £150 (the tunnel) on our 27 day holiday to Italy this year. My wife spent about £2600 on everything else!

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For our 8 week trips in France we usually spend around £5,000. This includes absolutely everything including:

 

The tunnel crossing

Red pennant

Campsites (mainly ACSI)

Fuel

Tolls (use all toll roads when available)

Sightseeing costs - trains, museums, etc.

Food

Drink

Eating out (quite a lot as we end up doing much more than we plan!)

Laundry costs

Car washing

 

TBH we don't really skimp on anything so I reckon that this a reasonably accurate cost if you are not counting it too much.

 

Hope this helps.

 

Mike

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