Hello Everyone! My brother and I are beginning the planning process for a bike tour through southern Europe (Portugal/spain/france/italy, mostly) next summer and I need some help from all of you experienced tourers in terms of finance.
Basically, I'm a poor college student and he's just finishing highschool and we want to know how much we should budget, per day or per weak or whatever you find is easiest, for a fully loaded trip through this area of the world. We'll be camping everywhere, I'm a good cook with a camp stove, and things like expensive art museums are of little interest to us. We are both competitive cyclists but want to step away from racing for a bit and just enjoy our bikes and the world around us. Our primary expenses will be food and camp sites, I think. It's really hard to enjoy either while riding as fast as you can. My parents spent 6 months touring Europe for their honeymoon, but their finances from 20 years ago are not exactly useful to us today.
So, how much can we expect to spend for about 2 months of touring? Per week? Per day? We honestly don't even know where to start when it comes to cost, and because we don't have unlimited resources cost will be the deciding factor for how long we are able to ride.
Oh yes, and I should mention that I'm not so interested in other costs for the trip - bikes, plane tickets, racks, bags etc. Those are all things I can research pretty easily on my own. I am basically just looking for a sort of cost of living number while living on a bike in southern europe.