Spending Overview – French Atlantic Coast

I keep a track of all of our spending as we’re going along and here I’ve broken it down by country, so you can see what we’ve spent to give you an idea of how cheap/expensive a place can be.

The French Atlantic Coast (inc Dordogne)

Travel Cost
Ferry 80.00 €
Tolls 27.10 €
Fuel 294.96 €
Daytime parking 0.00 €
Train/bus/tram 0.00 €
Camping Nights
Wild Camping 1 0.00 €
Free Aires 14 0.00 €
Paid for Aires 9 61.50 €
France Passion Sites 3 0.00 €
ACSI Site 0 0.00 €
Camping Cheque Site 0 0.00 €
Campsites 2 36.00 €
Food (ie Supermarket) 419.09 €
Food (ie eating and drinking out) 189.09 €
LPG 30.35 €
Repairs (skylight and fridge) 407.11 €
Laundry 29.00 €
Contact with home (paid wifi, phones, post) 39.18 €
Tours/Entrance fees 9.20 €
Supplies (clothes, chemicals, ad-hoc items for Dave – non motoring) 148.84 €
Souvenirs 0.00 €
Total cost 1,771.42 €
Days away 29
Cost per day 61.08 €
Cost per day (minus repairs) 47.05 €
Total Mileage (@ approx 29mpg) 2327
Average miles per day 80.2
The costs of this part of the trip were bumped up by the cost of the ferry from the UK, as well as repairs to Dave’s fridge and replacement skylight (and the toll charges to get to the garage before it rained!).
In France Aires are in pretty much every town, mainly free but those in prime locations often have a small charge, so it’s easy to stop on them all of the time. Dave’s battery was playing up, so we had to use a couple of campsites to get things charged. We also stopped on a couple of France Passion sites, here you stop at farms, vineyards or restaurants – we often buy a meal or bottle of wine while we’re there to support them, but you’re under no obligation too.  The sites are often quite a bit out of the way from things, but make for a good stopover.
We had quite a lot of food with us when we set off, but as the food in France is so good, we spent quite a lot at the supermarkets. However we very rarely ate meals out (just the odd drink and snack) as we were trying to work out the cost of being on the road.

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