Hi all, planning for my first Camino have all my clobber pretty much sorted, now saving. Realistically, how much more do you need to budget for the day-to-day Camino costs now compared to pre Covid. Book to do Camino from SJPP to SdCP starting Oct – approx. 30 days walking. Thoughts appreciated
My breakdown from last spring when I assumed I would stay in all albergues:
Albergue: 15 (average)
Breakfast: 6 (fresh orange juice, coffee con leche, croissant)
Lunch: 4 - 6 (usually groceries)
Afternoon stop: 2 -3 (coffee or orange juice - buy something to use the restroom and have a rest at a cafe)
Dinner: 14 menu del dia or pilgrim menu
End of day beer: 5 (usually 2 radlers)
Laundry: 4 (this is a splurge to use the machines when available, could wash by hand to save money. I did laundry every day but most don't)
Misc: 2 -5 (this is entrance fees, donations at churches, the occasional splurge on a treat)
Total: 50 - 56
I added nights in private lodging on top of this. You can decide if you want a cheap glass of wine or something pricier. Have a pot of funds available for the odd event: lost a pole tip and had to buy one, needed hand lotion when the meseta sucked all the moisture out of me, ran out of sun block, bought postcards and stamps, etc.)
Note: Others will have different budgets. I wasn't particularly focused on doing the Camino on a budget to save money. My focus in doing a budget was planning. Also, there will be upfront expenses to consider. You've probably seen lists already: new shoes, maybe a new pack, new socks, arranging for whatever method you need to use your phone (sim card, international service) and of course all your transportation expenses (flights, bus, trains, shuttle, taxi). I also bought a travel insurance plan that would cover medical expenses including getting me or my body back home (think Martin Sheen's son's accident in The Way).
Hope this helps - just one person's experience.