I am lucky enough to have many races in Paris or within close driving distance of where I live. I travel a lot for work, so I generally prefer staying at home on weekends, so my first real destination race was in January of this year :
The cost of the weekend for my husband and I was : 588 Euros (about 660 dollars)
Travel for my husband & I : 250 Euros
I chose what I thought to be the the cheapest form of travel, by train , but it turns out that Nice is a destination where there are many many flights and it would have been just as cheap to fly. I wish I had known that because it would have saved me hours of travel time. Oh well, live & learn !
Hotel : 200 Euros (total for 2 nights)
I chose a relatively expensive hotel, for several reasons :
- While I was planning on sight seeing, we also like to spend some time in the hotel, relaxing and sleeping late.
- I figured that I would not make it to Nice again for a long time, so wanted something very central
- We wanted to be on the water. Our view :
When traveling, I don’t mind paying for a decent hotel, though I do shop around and spend a lot of time looking for a deal. For this one, if you booked directly on their website, breakfast was included.
Meals : 120 Euros
This is always a huge part of the budget for us because my husband
likes loves to eat out.
Visits / extras : 0 Euros. we didn’t pay to visit a museum nor buy any souvenir.
Race registration : 18 Euros
It was a small local race, and registration here is cheap. Definitely not the most pricey element of the whole weekend.
So in the end, I felt it was an expensive weekend, but doing it once in a while is worth it. I got to spend 2 full days with my husband, in nice weather (pun intended) in the dead of winter. That has no price.
If I were going away only to run, I would definitely chose a cheaper hotel and think about carpooling or flying with a low cost airline.