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Old 05-07-2008, 12:13 PM   #1
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2 weeks in Ireland, London, Paris, and Netherlands....how much is a good estimate for food? I've got my budget worked out in every other category but I have no idea about this one. I'd like to eat decently about 2 or 3 times a week and the rest I don't mind grocery shopping or eating somewhere cheap.
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It really depends. It's been 2 years since I was last abroad (geez it's been too long) and for 2 weeks in Ireland, I spent about $1100 total (bus transportation, accommodation, museums/sights, and food.. this also accounts for bank fees and exchange rate). The only thing this doesn't account for is the plane ticket since that was a gift from my parents. Also keep in mind this was my first trip, and I'm sure we could have done some parts of the trip a bit cheaper with more experience.

Pub food can be good and sometimes on the cheaper side. I remember finding a really cool sandwich shop in Kilkenny, Ireland and got a huge 3 euro sandwich. I also went to a pub in Dublin and spent 10 euro on a huge sandwich and fries. So you can definitely eat out and not spend way too much. If you buy some spaghetti and a loaf of bread, you can eat pretty big dinners for several nights for 5-8 euro total. Also, some hostels have a spot where people can leave food that they don't feel like taking with them, and that saves money since there is usually a TON of pasta that people leave behind.

Hope some of this helps! If you budget 70-80 dollars a day for your trip for everything (accommodations, travel, sights, and food) you should be good!
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Food prices also depend on how much you eat, what you eat and where you eat it. I mean when I studied in Paris I existed a lot on sandwiches. I would go to a bakery and get a French loaf for like 1.50 or even 75 cents get some cheese and maybe some ham and I had a very filling sandwich. It is possible to eat nice and eat cheap in cities like Paris. Also get crepes for a few Euros you can get like chicken ones ham ones really nice and filling!
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A burger in one of galways touristy pubs will set you back around 10 (that includes chips and side salad).

A foot long subway with coffee is around the 6.50.

You could buy a weeks worth of sambo bit's and bobs in lidl or aldi for around the 10. They also have cheap cold meats from Germany which could work as a snack.

Typical McDonald's meal costs around 6.50.

A really, really good meal, in a really, really good restaurant should set you back between 15 - 30.

If you can it would be worth stopping by a collage and looking up the message boards there are always some places that do student deals.
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