I think it would be fun to have a budget challenge so I took this and would like to share how I spent £100 wisely for a trip to France from the UK. If you'd like to know if I succeed or not, you have to continue reading this and I hope you'll find it useful.
Return flight tickets from London Stansted Airport to Nice £19.98 Hôtel Ozz by Happyculture in Nice for 2 nights £24
You couldn't imagine how cheap the flight tickets could be. It's even cheaper than a coach tickets in the UK, and I am not even kidding. This might explained why I could always go travelling.
So okay, it's £56.02 left after I bought my flight tickets and had my accommodation booked, which is converted to around €60. This would be a really big challenge for me as I could only spend €60 in two days! I wasn't even sure if I could do it but I would try, I would try my best!
Airport Express Shuttle Bus €6 each way = €12 return
Eating out could be expensive in Nice, I would suggest that you could probably buy food from supermarkets or some local cafes. Half of my first day was in the beach. I bought some chocolate croissants, sandwiches and fruits from supermarkets which was only around €7. I didn't really eat out at night because I tried going in to quite a few restaurants and all of them told me the same thing: "Sorry, the kitchen is closed now." And every time I looked at my watch, thinking the same thing: "What? It's only 6pm now."
Luckily I was staying in a hostel where it provides free hot drinks. woohoo! But if you can't find a hostel like this, you should find somewhere with a kitchen too. You'll save a lot if you could cook by yourself!
The other day I tried to have a nice lunch in a restaurant because I had enough money for at least a perfect meal. I went to a French restaurant specially for a plate of snails. I ordered a portion of six and a main dish for €23 in total. I enjoyed my lunch there and I loved it.
You probably think what I could do with the rest of my budgets of €18. I didn't take any transports within city centre. Everywhere is in walking distance. I literally went everywhere by foot. I went to some galleries and museums, but tell you what, they were all for free because I am a EU resident under age 26. "Every little does help."
As I have mentioned before, I couldn't really find a restaurant that the kitchen wasn't closed... so I spent another approx €7 for food in the supermarket for my dinner in the second night in Nice. I finally bought three souvenir magnets for €10.
OMG I couldn't believe that I made it... It was difficult but I succeed! This experience was fun and I think I am going to do more challenges like this in the future. Yes!