My point is, I needed a plan B.
Amalfi coast came to my mind, think Roman holidays, driving on a Vespa in Rome and then lounging on a terrace overlooking the Med. It seemed like a perfect idea, but our budget stayed the same. We had about £600 per person and Amalfi coast is one of the most expensive places in Europe. I don't remember what was the topping point and why we eventually decided to go. Does it really matter?
Here is how we made it happen (let me have a look at my spreadsheet, yes that's how I plan holidays):
I'm only sharing this in case going to Capri is your dream and you think it's not possible on a modest budget.
|Flights (Ryanair I'm afraid )||280.82|
|Room in Rome (1 night)||47.06|
|Train Rome-Naples Salerno-Rome||100.32|
|Room in Capri (4 nights)||409.7|
|Ferry Capri- Salerno (via Positano and Amalfi)||30.1|
|Room in Salerno (1 night)||71.67|
|Room in Rome (1 night)||77|
Even though this was an expensive holiday for us, it was 100% worth it. We could have saved on accommodation in Rome and Salerno, but in Capri we really went for the cheapest option available.There is not even a hostel on Capri and I don't think you can camp on wild land, I'm not even sure if there is any in fact. We also could have paid the same amount and go on an all-inclusive holiday to Spain or Egypt (no, thank you) or just stay at home and put this towards another trip.
How did we manage to survive for £30 per day, I hear you asking? Well, a pizza in a small family-run restaurant costs between €6-15, gelato about €2-5 per portion, we drank tap water and cheap wine.
The best pizza I've eaten (from Pizzarium) was only €8 for two lunch portions. We walked and took buses everywhere. Another tip: In Rome you can go to Campo di Fiori market and by your bodyweight in olive oil and fresh bread.
Hiring a private boat costs about £150 per day. nope, nor for us. but makes for a pretty picture even from the distance.
If we had more money I would have definitely hired a private boat to go on a trip around the island and snorkelling. Maybe next time.
As I said before, the best things on that trip were for free anyway: our hosts in Capri Umberto and Ciro who welcomed us like family, waited for us in the evenings and offered a shot of limoncello or past for dinner before going to bed, views from our terrace, swimming in the cold sea and looking up at the white cliffs.
Even though I love Europe, J has now applied for a new passport and I'm definitely making the most of those 4 weeks of freedom in 2014.
view from Augustus Gardens
Here are my other posts about this trip:
Part I: Rome and Campania holiday
Part III: Travelling to Capri
PS. was this a useful post, or am I over sharing?