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Camino Budget Planner - Feedback

2020 Camino Guides

Robo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF last 150 to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(Apr/May 2018)
VdlP (2022)
Between Caminos I've been working on my budget planner (as well as packing list and distance planner) As You do....:oops:

I'd welcome some feedback. Particularly:
  1. What I might have forgotten.
  2. Or the amounts I have budgeted for.
If you think it might be a useful resource, particularly for new Pilgrims I'm happy to refine it based on feedback and upload it. Though spreadsheets are not allowed. Have to think of a way to do that.

Here it is as a Work In Progress.

The exchange rate in this case is Aussie Dollars. And the particular Camino is VdlP.
I wanted to play with the % figures to see how much it would impact my budget.
So for example you can input 100% albergues, or whatever % you plan on.
The Hotel/CR amount might be too low, as larger towns will cost more.

It's interesting to see the overall % costs in the final column.

Anyway, interested to hear your thoughts.

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RumAndChupacabras

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Jul-Sept 2019: Six weeks in Northern Spain.
Apr 2018 Asturias
May 2016 CP: Portuguese
Great idea, @Robo!
Might just be my phone but, I got an error message.
 

Dorpie

RIP 2019
Camino(s) past & future
Santiago to Finisterre to Muxia 2013
Camino Frances May 2015, July 2017, October 2019
I do love a good spreadsheet, though while on Camino I like to let go a bit and not worry too much. The only glaring error I see is the lack of an erm....how can I put this- "recreational" beverage section. That takes up far more of my budget than I'd like to admit.

Obviously no spreadsheet can be perfect as prices change from place to place but this would be great for coming up with a ballpark figure.

Good work @Robo
 
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Robo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF last 150 to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(Apr/May 2018)
VdlP (2022)
I do love a good spreadsheet, though while on Camino I like to let go a bit and not worry too much. The only glaring error I see is the lack of an erm....how can I put this- "recreational" beverage section. That takes up far more of my budget than I'd like to admit.

Obviously no spreadsheet can be perfect as prices change from place to place but this would be great for coming up with a ballpark figure.

Good work @Robo
I totally agree on spreadsheets!
They are a fun distraction between Caminos only!
Once I'm packed and ready to go..........they go out the window! :p

With regard to the beverage section............

2 points.........

(1) I'm a wine drinker. A bottle (or half bottle) of wine a night with the Pilgrim menu is quite adequate for me ;)
(2) I have a different version of this planner for my own use. As I do enjoy a nice lodging now and again, a really good meal sometimes, and an upgraded wine the odd time :eek: So that all adds another e5-600 or so :oops:

But that the whole purpose of this planner.
If you want 150 e Hotels every night, you plug that in to the costs and put 0% Albergues :cool:
 

Robo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF last 150 to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(Apr/May 2018)
VdlP (2022)
It would make a great addition to the Resources section 👍
Tried that, but you can't upload spreadsheets. (security issue I think)
A pdf version wouldn't make any sense.......
You need to be able to download it and put in your own data.

I might add it to my Blog as a downloadable file, if there is no way of sharing as a downloadable file here.
 

Robo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF last 150 to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(Apr/May 2018)
VdlP (2022)
I kept details on my 2015 pilgrimage and produced a spreadsheet for the interest of other folks trying to plan expenditure. I hope you may be able to see it - otherwise, drop me a message and an e-mail address! View attachment 60280
Very interesting. Particularly the accommodation costs....
I have to confess, once I'm 'under way' I don't track the costs, other than how many days have I still got to go, and how much money is left! So I have a daily budget in mind.

Where did you start and finish? We were on the trail at the same time :)
 

Lance Chambers

Lance Chambers
Camino(s) past & future
Sarria (2015), SJPdP (2016), Burgos (2017), SJPdP (2018), Burgo (2019), SJPdP (2023?).
Between Caminos I've been working on my budget planner (as well as packing list and distance planner) As You do....:oops:

I'd welcome some feedback. Particularly:
  1. What I might have forgotten.
  2. Or the amounts I have budgeted for.
If you think it might be a useful resource, particularly for new Pilgrims I'm happy to refine it based on feedback and upload it. Though spreadsheets are not allowed. Have to think of a way to do that.

Here it is as a Work In Progress.

The exchange rate in this case is Aussie Dollars. And the particular Camino is VdlP.
I wanted to play with the % figures to see how much it would impact my budget.
So for example you can input 100% albergues, or whatever % you plan on.
The Hotel/CR amount might be too low, as larger towns will cost more.

It's interesting to see the overall % costs in the final column.

Anyway, interested to hear your thoughts.

View attachment 60276
I just about choked on your total costs until I found out that you had bugeted for 56 days. Please proceed and disregard my concerns. :)
 

Dorpie

RIP 2019
Camino(s) past & future
Santiago to Finisterre to Muxia 2013
Camino Frances May 2015, July 2017, October 2019
Tried that, but you can't upload spreadsheets. (security issue I think)
A pdf version wouldn't make any sense.......
You need to be able to download it and put in your own data.

I might add it to my Blog as a downloadable file, if there is no way of sharing as a downloadable file here.
It'd be a bit of a pain but you could recreate it in Google Sheets and then share the link.
 

Robo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF last 150 to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(Apr/May 2018)
VdlP (2022)
It'd be a bit of a pain but you could recreate it in Google Sheets and then share the link.
I thought of that, but the value is being able to enter your own data.
If shared on Google sheets, it's a shared resource, not an individual one. :(
 

Dorpie

RIP 2019
Camino(s) past & future
Santiago to Finisterre to Muxia 2013
Camino Frances May 2015, July 2017, October 2019
I thought of that, but the value is being able to enter your own data.
If shared on Google sheets, it's a shared resource, not an individual one. :(
But people could just copy it to their own sheet and use it as a template. I'm pretty sure there's an option to share but not allow changes. It's not ideal but better than nothing.
 

Robo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF last 150 to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(Apr/May 2018)
VdlP (2022)
But people could just copy it to their own sheet and use it as a template. I'm pretty sure there's an option to share but not allow changes. It's not ideal but better than nothing.
I'll check it out.
 

Robo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF last 150 to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(Apr/May 2018)
VdlP (2022)
But people could just copy it to their own sheet and use it as a template. I'm pretty sure there's an option to share but not allow changes. It's not ideal but better than nothing.
It's not a great result, but it works.
Here is the sheet.
I have added instructions on how to copy it across to your own sheet.
If this works OK, I'll add a version into the resources section, following any more feedback.
Please don't change any of the numbers on the original.

Let me know if you have any problems with it.

 

t2andreo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 - 2019
Between Caminos I've been working on my budget planner (as well as packing list and distance planner) As You do....:oops:

I'd welcome some feedback. Particularly:
  1. What I might have forgotten.
  2. Or the amounts I have budgeted for.
If you think it might be a useful resource, particularly for new Pilgrims I'm happy to refine it based on feedback and upload it. Though spreadsheets are not allowed. Have to think of a way to do that.

Here it is as a Work In Progress.

The exchange rate in this case is Aussie Dollars. And the particular Camino is VdlP.
I wanted to play with the % figures to see how much it would impact my budget.
So for example you can input 100% albergues, or whatever % you plan on.
The Hotel/CR amount might be too low, as larger towns will cost more.

It's interesting to see the overall % costs in the final column.

Anyway, interested to hear your thoughts.

View attachment 60276
Over six Caminos and as many years, my overall average is €47, about the same as yours. While I spend different amounts in different categories, and use a slightly different methodology, we are both at the same result.

NOTE:
  1. I stay in commercial lodging (hostals or private albergues) to the maximum extent possible.
  2. Compared to your breakout, I typically spend more on lodging, but less on food & drink. Everything else is very similar.
  3. Now, after this experience, I simply use €50 per day for planning and saving ahead.
  4. When I am working as a volunteer in Santiago, I cut this to €30. I spend nil on housing, but more on eating / drinking and buying stuff to donate.
Hope this helps.
 

Tina-Marie Brownie

DreamHiker2
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Sept/Oct 2017; Camino Levante, Sanabres, Muxia & Finisterre May 2020
Pilgrimage V was in 2015, along the Ebro delta from San Carlos to Logrono: of my eight caminos, I think this was my favourite - so peaceful.
How did you find the Camino Ebro - very hard finding information for doing that route I have found (only cycling routes). Any info that you have would be awesome.
 

Robo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF last 150 to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(Apr/May 2018)
VdlP (2022)
I love how the short answer is about €50 per day.

Ok. I’m set.

😉
Many do it for less I think.
This is purely an example, but hopefully a fair 'ball park' assessment too.
At least the planner allows you to 'play around' with the main budget items and assess the impact.

Here's an example that is 100% albergues, snack DIY lunches, Pilgrim menus, use only tap water etc.
Just e30 per day.
It could probably go a bit lower too..........if you had to.

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Robo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF last 150 to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(Apr/May 2018)
VdlP (2022)
On the CF at least. My only Caminos so far. Mine is more like this :oops:
Probably why I don't lose weight!

On the VdlP example above (next one I hope) I would expect most nights in an Albergue and most lunches DIY, only because of reduced infrastructure.

It's fun to play around with it.........

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Stephen Nicholls

Steve Nicholls, Suffolk, U.K.
Camino(s) past & future
Too many caminos to list in the permitted 100 characters!!
How did you find the Camino Ebro - very hard finding information for doing that route I have found (only cycling routes). Any info that you have would be awesome.
I've just spent an hour trying to find the answer too your question - and failed!
I loved that camino, Tina-Marie, and would happily walk it again were I not so old! Have you checked out my web site? My diary for the camino lists daily stops and distances. https://snicholl5.wixsite.com/home-site/santiago
You can always message me, or send me an e-mail. I'll help in any way I can!
Buen camino!
 

K Turner

One step at a time
Camino(s) past & future
14 August 2019 (SJPdP 16 August)
Thank you Robin and Stephen for sharing this info. It is interesting to see the variables. My husband and I begin our CF next month and I will document everything as well. We are on a very tight budget and I'm guessing future pilgrims in the same position will wonder about just how low the budget can go. We hope to sleep in an albergue every third or fourth night and eat a pilgrim meal a couple times a week, otherwise we're sleeping outside and doing our own food. It will be a challenge but it's necessary. It's now or never!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
Thank you Robin and Stephen for sharing this info. It is interesting to see the variables. My husband and I begin our CF next month and I will document everything as well. We are on a very tight budget and I'm guessing future pilgrims in the same position will wonder about just how low the budget can go. We hope to sleep in an albergue every third or fourth night and eat a pilgrim meal a couple times a week, otherwise we're sleeping outside and doing our own food. It will be a challenge but it's necessary. It's now or never!
I wish you the very best. I hope you have a contingency fund, somewhere. We always used the most basic accommodation, but not sleeping outside. Just be sure to have someone, somewhere, to help you if there is a problem. When we walked the Frances, and also on the Portugues, we walked along with some people who never bought a meal., I remember a young German couple who lived on 17 euro per day for the two of them, on the CP, but did they enjoy their final meal in Santiago in Casa Manolo! You bet. Buen camino.
 

K Turner

One step at a time
Camino(s) past & future
14 August 2019 (SJPdP 16 August)
Thank you for the well wishes. I appreciate it! Hopefully my husband's vehicle will sell before we leave. That would definitely ease things a bit, LOL. Either way, we will manage somehow. One day at a time.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, 2015
If you think it might be a useful resource, particularly for new Pilgrims I'm happy to refine it based on feedback and upload it. Though spreadsheets are not allowed. Have to think of a way to do that.
I didn't see anything happen on my smartphone when you posted the docs.google.com link. But spreadsheet instructions are just text, right? If so then enter the source into a PDF and put that into the resources with instructions to copy the highlighted text and create a file with it.
 

Tina-Marie Brownie

DreamHiker2
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Sept/Oct 2017; Camino Levante, Sanabres, Muxia & Finisterre May 2020
I've just spent an hour trying to find the answer too your question - and failed!
I loved that camino, Tina-Marie, and would happily walk it again were I not so old! Have you checked out my web site? My diary for the camino lists daily stops and distances. https://snicholl5.wixsite.com/home-site/santiago
You can always message me, or send me an e-mail. I'll help in any way I can!
Buen camino!
I will check it out now - thank you so much. We are still trying to finalise how much time we will have (coming from Oz) and thus it will define our preferred routes. We also intend to do a very small amount of stealth camping (no fires don't worry) to test out gear for a long thru-hike of the PCT in the next year or so as well, so more remote hikes with fewer services will work well for us. We also take the "leave no trace" policy very seriously especially since we were both in the Air Force and it was ingrained into our heads.
 

NJohn

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Sept/Oct 2020
Tried that, but you can't upload spreadsheets. (security issue I think)
A pdf version wouldn't make any sense.......
You need to be able to download it and put in your own data.

I might add it to my Blog as a downloadable file, if there is no way of sharing as a downloadable file here.
Love that idea! I will definitely be visiting your blog (again) soon to download ! Thank you!
 

Owensr23

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
9/2016 Frances
5/2018 Portugues
Love the detailed budget. My wife and I have done two CF and Portugués.

Bunks half time, rooms half time. Pilgrim meals a lot. both trips we spent just under 50 euros a day for two.

Rooms for one are same price as rooms for two...find a friend. :)
 

Stephen Nicholls

Steve Nicholls, Suffolk, U.K.
Camino(s) past & future
Too many caminos to list in the permitted 100 characters!!
Where did you start and finish? We were on the trail at the same time :)
Sorry, Robo - only just seen this question. Started from Vinaros, thence to San Carlas de la Rapita on the Ebro Delta, then walked to Logrono. Beautiful peaceful camino. Full diary and photos on my web site.
Best wishes from grey East Anglia....
 

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