Food expenses for Paris, Ljubljana & Rijeka.

I track every penny I spend because this is the only way I can effectively travel on a budget. As I mentioned in my three-part post, The secret to living as a nomad, minimising expenses and managing your money are necessary if you want to travel this way.

I want to show you how much I spend on food while travelling through Europe to give you a better perspective about the cost of healthy whole foods. Healthy eating is my priority no matter where I am so I will pay whatever costs necessary. Fortunately, eating primarily fruits and veggies while travelling is affordable! Being vegan isn’t expensive.

Please check out my previous post about food expenses for the month of July. I spent a few days in Berlin, two weeks in Palma and the rest of the time in Barcelona. This will give you a better idea how much food costs in each location.

At the end of this post, I include a summary of how much I spent per week in every location I’ve visited since I left the States.


My food expenses for August.

August included time spent in Barcelona (Aug. 1-3), two weeks in Paris (Aug. 3-17), a week in Ljubljana (Aug. 17-24), and a week in Rijeka (Aug. 24-31).

I spent €382.29 on groceries (~£321.60 or $426.04). It was €318.10 plus 480.28 kunas. Croatian currency is kunas.

These are the foods I purchased followed by a number representing how many times I purchased that item. Sometimes I purchased bags of peaches in one go, so the number doesn’t represent how many peaches I bought, instead it represents how many times I purchased them. I hope that makes sense! This is to show you which foods I ate the most.

Fruits and veggies were my main staples. Notice I still purchased foods like gluten-free pasta, rice, and other HCLF treats like puffed corn cakes because I wasn’t fully raw for all of August. I switched to 100% raw on August 8th.

Fruit

  • peaches 15
  • melons 13
  • watermelon 13
  • juice / smoothie 12
  • grapes 11
  • bananas 5
  • limes 5
  • lemon 3
  • kiwi 2
  • raspberries 2
  • strawberry
  • apple chips
  • apricots
  • cherries
  • cranberries, dried
  • dates
  • figs
  • oranges
  • pears

Veggies

  • peppers 11
  • tomato 11
  • corn 8
  • cucumber 7
  • broccoli 4
  • mushrooms 4
  • carrot
  • cilantro
  • zucchini

Miscellaneous

  • tomato sauce 4
  • gluten-free pasta 3
  • corn cakes
  • hummus
  • rice

Eating out

I only ate out twice in August. I spent a total of €10.09 (~£8.49 or $11.25). I had smoothies in the Barcelona airport for €6.5 and a smoothie in Rijeka for 26 kunas. This is a huge improvement from the previous month, where I spent €65 eating out.

Total money spent on food for August = €392.38 (~£330.09 or $437.29).

How does this compare to food expenses elsewhere?

This is approximately how much I spent on food per week in all the locations I’ve visited since I left the States:

  • Scotland – €119 (£100) including eating out (lattes) occasionally.
  • Berlin – €128 (including eating out). Around €24 of this total was for eating out.
  • Poland – €48.14 (210 zloty). My boyfriend and I would spend around 60 zloty per day on food for both of us, so this is an estimation.
  • Spain – €92.87 including eating out (lots of vegan ice cream!). I spent four weeks in Spain, two in Palma and two in Barcelona. I spent €371.46 total.
  • Paris – €106.33. I spent two weeks in Paris and spent €212.65 total. I didn’t eat out at all!
  • Ljubljana, Slovenia – €78.98. I spent one week in Ljubljana and didn’t eat out.
  • Rijeka, Croatia – €64.17 (480.28 kunas). I spent one week in Rijeka and ate out once (a smoothie).

So far Poland and Croatia have been the cheapest countries when it comes to groceries. I’m looking forward to spending the next two months in Croatia because I’ll be able to save some money, all while eating as much fresh produce as I desire.

Expect to spend much more on food while travelling if you eat out regularly or drink alcohol or coffee. Not only should you avoid these for the sake of your budget, your health will greatly benefit as well!

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What I eat Wednesday – my last day in Paris.

I left Paris this morning and am comfortably settled in Ljubljana, Slovenia, as I write this post.

This video shows you everything I ate yesterday and how I make my favourite raw salad. I ate A LOT since I needed to use up everything. I was absolutely stuffed by the end of the day but that’s fine! As a raw HCLF vegan I have nothing to worry about—overeating is practically impossible.

My meals:

  • Breakfast: 9 peaches with lime juice.
  • Lunch: 3 Galia melons. (I used cantaloupe melons in Cronometer because melons like these have similar nutritional profiles. More on that later.)
  • Snack: 750ml Innocent smoothie – mango and passionfruit. (I used Naked Juice Might Mango smoothie in Cronometer because Innocent smoothies aren’t in the database.)
  • Dinner: salad with 2 ears of corn, 2 bell peppers, 1 large cucumber, 1 punnet cherry tomatoes, Deglet Noor dates (I used Medjool in Cronometer. Medjool dates are much larger than Deglet Noor so I annotated 4 dates as opposed to the 7 dates I actually used.), coriander, lime juice.

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My macronutrient ratio:

  • 89% of my calories came from carbohydrates
  • 7% from protein
  • 5% from fat

The vitamin portion of my Cronometer diary isn’t completely accurate because I input cantaloupe instead of Galia melon (similar to honeydew melon). It should be lower in vitamin A and C but since the other foods I ate also contain high levels of these vitamins, I’m sure I’m well over 1000% anyway even with this adjustment!

Cantaloupe contains about twice the amount of vitamin C as honeydew and about 67 times the amount of beta-carotene (vitamin A) as honeydew. This makes sense given the deep orange colour of cantaloupe. Besides these differences, both cantaloupe and honeydew are similar in calories and the amount of fiber, B vitamins, and minerals they contain. (Thanks to The World’s Healthiest Foods for that info!) I always prefer cantaloupe over Galia or honeydew. I crave fruits rich in vitamin A: cantaloupe, watermelon, peaches, mangoes…anything with a red or deep orange colour.

Other noteworthy things:

I used to take zinc supplements hoping to improve my skin and flaky scalp. I’m glad to see I’m consuming plenty of zinc in my diet even though I’m not eating the usual vegan sources of zinc: seeds, beans, and quinoa. (The biggest improvements to my skin and scalp came after I quit washing my face and hair.)

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I feel like I mention this in every Cronometer-based post, but it’s important so I’ll keep saying it: fruits and veggies contain omega fatty acids! There’s no need to supplement with fatty flaxseed or hemp for omega fatty acids. Eat some fruit instead.

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I was surprised to find out that melons and peaches are high in potassium. Typically, we associate bananas with potassium but scores of other fruits and veggies contain much more potassium than our beloved bananas. You can’t overdose on potassium so eat as many bananas (or melons) as you like.

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I’m excited to see how my diet changes now that I’m in Slovenia. I found peaches and watermelon at the shop today so that’s promising! My next step: visit markets and scope out local produce.

Additional useful posts for further reading:

Staycation in Paris, Ljubljana tomorrow!

I can’t believe my two weeks in Paris ends tomorrow! I feel like I just arrived.

When I arrived in Paris, I compiled a long list of must-see attractions: markets, parks, museums, and the like. As the days went on, however, I found myself content with staying inside the flat, writing, working, and playing piano or simply strolling around the Belleville neighborhood instead. This flat is far away from tourists so visiting shops and walking the streets here is stress-free. I never had to venture far from the flat as several food shops were just around the corner.

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I wandered around the Sacré-Cœur, Notre Dame, spent a day in the Louvre, and did a walking tour of Paris. Besides that, I’ve avoided the rest of my Paris must-see list because I needed a break. Before I started this trip, I had the vision that I’d be out exploring every single day. I’ve been living with other people and on the go constantly since I departed Scotland with the exception of the week in Berlin when I rented a flat to myself.

Being on the go 24/7 tires me. I can keep it up for a while but eventually I need downtime to relax. I like to write and reflect on my thoughts, listen to music, prepare my food (there isn’t much to it, but still!) in peace, and spend the entire day in bed if I feel like it. 

I’m sure you can relate. If you live in one location for an extended period of time, you have plenty of days where you lounge around the house in your pajamas. Maybe you binge-watch Netflix shows or play video games, or you simply listen to music and read. Regardless of how you like to spend your free time, this time is for you to unwind. This is the downtime I craved.

Fortunately, Paris was the perfect place for a staycation.

I don’t plan on doing another trip like this one, where I move to a new location every few weeks. In the future I’ll travel slowly, spending a few months in a location before moving on. This way I can ensure I have ample downtime without the pressure of being on the move 24/7.

I did wander through the touristy areas of Paris a few days but since I spent most of my time in the flat, I didn’t take many photos. I wish I had more photos from my time in Paris but I wasn’t feeling it. Love ruined me, in a way. Before I’d be fine with walking the streets by myself but now all I can think about is how much better it would be if I had Kuba by my side. I lack the motivation to venture out with my camera every day. And when I do go out, it’s difficult for me to find interesting subjects…somehow the world becomes more interesting when I hold his hand.

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Ponts de Arts. This bridge used to be the site of the ‘locks of love.’ Since 2008, couples attached locks (symbolising their love) to the bridge railing. This was so popular that part of the bridge collapsed in 2015 under the weight of almost a million locks weighing 45 tons! Now the railing has been replaced with plexiglass. No more love locks here!

Of course, the highlight of my time in Paris was the short weekend spent with him. We only had 24 hours together but seeing and feeling him in person completely boosted my mood. Now I have new energy for the rest of this trip!

Tomorrow I’m off to Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital. I’ll spend a week there before heading to Croatia. I have almost two full months in Croatia and plenty of time to myself.

I can’t wait to return to Scotland in December! Just 3.5 months to go.

You can find more photos from Paris in my Gallery as well as photos from the rest of my Euro trip. I hope you like them!