The Average Daily Budget Calculations

The average daily costs are determined from the travel budgets submitted by travelers who have signed up on our site.

Only those costs that fall within a reasonable range (two standard deviations) of the median are included. This eliminates some of those crazy outliers that are not typical of what most people spend while traveling. (If you're the guy who spent two thousand Euro on alcohol in one night, then yes, we're talking about you!)

Some category averages are calculated by item, while some are calculated by day. Not all categories are included in the total daily average, and some categories count more than others. This is to ensure that the total daily average is realistic for the amount that one would actually spend if visiting a destination.

For example, food is calculated as a daily sum because not all meals are equally priced even though people have to eat all day long. On the other hand, entertainment items are averaged on a per-item basis, as sometimes only one activity might be purchased in a day (such as a museum ticket), while on other days there might be several purchases.

For these reasons, total daily averages are not a direct sum of the category averages.

Categories that are included in the total daily averages are:

  • Accommodation
  • Intercity Transportation (for countries only)
  • Local Transportation
  • Food
  • Water
  • Entertainment
  • Communication
  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps
  • Tips and Handouts
  • All Inclusive Tours

Categories excluded from the total daily average are:

  • Souvenirs
  • Living Expenses
  • Visas
  • Alcohol
  • International Transportation (transportation from one country to another)
  • Charitable Donations

For even more information, check out Budget Your Trip: How It Works

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