July 2022 Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

 Karlovy Vary is a beautiful little spa town known for its many thermal hot springs. 

This was a 7-night stay…

  • Accommodation – $483.44* (additional information below)
  • Getting around locally – $0
  • Living expenses – $125.55***** (groceries and eating out)
  • Activities – $0
  • Mobile phone/data – $13.69*** (Google Fi $5.91 and Airalo $7.78 – Because I travel so much Google Fi has cut off my international data… Find out more about it here. My new setup is a combination of Google Fi and Airalo. See below for more info and referral links)
  • Medical insurance – $16.13 (I’m using SafetyWing; rates are determined by age, and mine is slightly above the base. If you’re interested, there is a paid link/banner on the right side of the page)

Total $638.81 / 7-nights = $91.26 per

*Accommodation info

  • I stayed at Top class apartments in Carlsbad, reserved through Booking.com. The studio looked to have recently been renovated and was in a good location. But unfortunately, there was a lot of construction going on that I don’t see ending anytime soon. Not only were they working in the building, but the three buildings next to it were just being gutted for a large reconstruction project.

Transportation to and from varies a lot, so I left it out of the above breakdown along with most incidental/one-time personal costs. But for those interested, in this particular case, I took a direct train from Pilsen to Karlovy Vary for a cost of 229 CZK ($9.76). 

** I try to use Rakuten whenever it’s an option; why not take the money? It works with a browser add-on, and there is also a mobile app. Note from the Ratuken site, “Stores pay us a commission for sending our members to their websites, and we share it with you. It’s that simple!” If you haven’t signed up yet, and are interested, please consider using this referral link to help support me, and get a signup bonus. I use it regularly and recommend it, but please look to decide if it’s right for you. When you sign up using the link, use it spending $, we each get $! The $ varies; I’ve recently seen at $40 and $30. They state, “Offer may be modified or canceled anytime.” 

*** Google Fi provides my US phone number, free texts, and phone service for additional per-minute fees in most countries, and Airalo is an eSIM that I buy data on as I need in various parts of the world. I’ve included the Airalo $ as a per-day cost of whichever plan I had purchased to cover this period. In this case, I had the 50Gb/90day European Regional plan for $100. Prices will vary depending on the data package you purchase. If you’re interested in Google Fi and based in the U.S., you can use this paid link to sign up, which will give me a referral fee at no extra cost to you, and MAX3058 is my referral code for Airalo, which will get us both a little credit if you use it to signup and purchase a package.)

**** Of course, the currency exchange varied during the stay, so for simplicity, I used a rate of 23czk = 1 USD for cash transactions. Accommodations and some daily purchases made on cards are included at the converted price charged.

***** I don’t go to top-rated restaurants or into paid entry tourist attractions often. Though, I do eat out quite a bit; usually nothing special. To some extent, it’s somewhat more cost-effective this way, at least that’s what I’m telling myself. I try to be cost-conscious, eating as a local would; I think you could say like a backpacker/broke college student, that is LOL! I try to note any differences to this above. Living expenses will sometimes include personal care items (i.e., toothpaste, deodorant, etc.). 

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