07. 05. 2014

Portugal Trip Round-Up

This holiday was our own version of Slow Travel. We didn’t make a lot of plans, and it worked out quite nicely! We rented an apartment in the heart of Cascais (Lisbon coast), and used the bus or the train to get around….although we only spent two days on the road. Our trip was basically walking & the beach + days out in Sintra and Lisbon.

Travelling from the airport to the resort of Cascais used to require car hire or a taxi, but now you can take the subway + train – although 6.30am on a Sunday morning is to be avoided if you want to avoid the party people going home ;)

Lisbon Street

Lisbon Street

Lisbon Street Tile

Lisbon Street Tile

 BUDGET/ACTUAL: £1,000/£871.70

- €390/£325.00 Apartment
- £164.00 Return Flights
- £28.00 Airport Parking

Booking Total: £517.00

- €48.00/£40.00 Transport
- €40.92/£34.10 Grocery
- €291.05/£242.54 Eating Out!
- €29.97/£24.98 Home
- €2.50/£2.08 Gift
- £11.00 Airport (Starbucks)

Spending Total: €412.44/£343.70 + £11.00 = £354.70

I’m so pleased to come in under budget!

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01. 05. 2014

To try to stay on budget (£450/Euros 550), I’m tracking my spending on holiday just like I do when I’m at home.


Sintra National Palace

Spending Tuesday: 92.18
- 26.40 Bus Fares
- 2.50 Gift
- 4.08 Grocery
- 59.20 Eating Out

On Tuesday we went to Sintra for a few hours. Sintra is about 60 minutes from Cascais on the 403 bus. It’s a hop on hop off bus which is great if you like hilly roads, and don’t mind big drops. The views on the journey are worth it though. On the way the bus stops at Cabo Du Rocha – the westernmost point of Continental Europe.

Sintra is a beautiful (World Heritage Site) town, and definitely worth a visit if you’re ever in this part of Portugal.

Spending Wednesday: 32.15
- 32.15 Eating Out!

Wednesday was a beach day!

Spending Thursday: 91.41
- 11.44 Grocery
- 29.97 Zara Home (oops!)
- 12.70 Trains (paid for airport train trip too)
- 37.30 Eating Out

On Thursday we went into Lisbon. We walked around a.lot. before this cushion started speaking to me in Zara Home. ‘Buy me’ it said – so I did, despite having no spare room in my carry on. Someone will be squashing her suitcase down on Sunday! ;)

Spending Totals so far: 312.46 Euros (approx £260) & £11.00. Still on budget! Yay!

28. 04. 2014


To try to stay on budget (£450/Euros 550), I’m tracking my spending just like I do when I’m at home.

Spending Sunday
- £11.00 Starbucks (Airport)
- 4.60 Metro (From airport)
- 4.30 Train to Cascais (x 2)
- 9.80 Lunch
- 7.24 Grocery
- 6.00 Coffee Shop
- 17.05 Pizza


Spending Monday
- 5.00 Deli
- 9.58 Grocery
- 33.15 Dinner + Tip

All spending apart from Starbucks is in Euros

All we did today was walk (and walk) along the coastline – it’s very calming!