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How Much Would You Have to Budget to Go to the Women’s World Cup in 2019?

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My wife and I are went to the Women’s World Cup in Canada in 2015. Unfortunately, due to work commitments, we are probably not going to be able to go this year. To make up for the loss, my wife just finished reading Forward: A Memoir by Abby Wambach (#aff), and we’ll be going to the American Outlaws bars to cheer the team on when we can make the games.

I originally wrote this article in August, 2018, so the budgeting was reflective of a 10 month runway. I’ve since updated the article to reflect that the USWNT was drawn in Group F and included the American Outlaws travel package option.

First, let’s look at a group package. I chose the first company that game up on my Google search.

Their price for an 11 night package in Paris for two people in a standard hotel double room is $3,405 per person. This does not include a flight to Paris, nor does it include lunch or dinner or tickets. It does include:

  • 11 Night Accommodation in Paris
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Round-trip Ground Transportation
  • Exclusive admission to American Outlaws Welcome Gathering for package holders only
  • Priority access to all American Outlaws Night Before Receptions
  • Priority access into American Outlaws Pre-Game Parties
  • Sight-seeing city tour. Optional regional excursions will be offered on non-game days.
  • American Outlaws World Cup Gift
  • Commemorative Credential & Lanyard
  • Full-time On-Site Tour Director
  • Anthony Travel On-Site Assistance

Given that 2 meals a day are not included, I’ll assume that you’re eating one meal in an inexpensive restaurant and one meal in a mid-range restaurant.

Therefore, going from DFW to Paris in a package should cost roughly $5,760. Given that there are 10 months until the big event, you’ll need to set aside about $576 per month between now and June 2019 to pay cash for a package World Cup adventure.

Number Current Cost per Total (After Inflation) Source
Roundtrip flight from DFW-CDG 1 $1,027.00 $1,027.00 Source
Travel package 1 $3,405.00 $3,405.00 Source
Lunch in Paris 8 $17.52 $140.16 Source
Dinner in Paris 8 $32.12 $256.96 Source
Lunch in Reims 1 $17.14 $17.14 Source
Dinner in Reims 1 $28.56 $28.56 Source
Lunch in Le Havre 1 $17.14 $17.14 Source
Dinner in Le Havre 1 $28.56 $28.56 Source
Tickets 3 $103.32 $309.96
Souvenir spending 1 $300.00 $300.00
Total $5,760.48
Per month to save $576.05

What if you did the trip without a package? Would it cost you more or less?

According to estimates I made for some transport, a do-it-yourself trip would cost about $3,829, meaning you’d need to save up $383 per month. You could probably break even or do a little better if you got a less expensive hotel and took public transportation.

Number Current Cost per Total (After Inflation) Source
Roundtrip flight from DFW-CDG 1 $1,027.00 $1,027.00 Source
Eurail pass 1 $226.00 $226.00 Source
Hotel in Paris 9 $126.00 $1,134.00 Source
Hotel in Reims 1 $69.00 $69.00 Source
Hotel in Le Havre 1 $70.00 $70.00 Source
Tickets 3 $103.32 $309.96
Lunch in Paris 9 $17.52 $157.68 Source
Dinner in Paris 9 $32.12 $289.06 Source
Lunch in Reims 1 $17.14 $17.14 Source
Dinner in Reims 1 $28.56 $28.56 Source
Lunch in Le Havre 1 $17.14 $17.14 Source
Dinner in Le Havre 1 $28.56 $28.56 Source
Taxis 10 $10.00 $100.00
Snacks 11 $5.00 $55.00
Souvenir spending 1 $300.00 $300.00
Total $3,829.10
Per month to save $382.91

Naturally, your results may vary, and it’s wise to budget an extra five hundred dollars for either trip just in case you want to go out on the town or do sightseeing, but based on my travel experiences, these seem like reasonable per person expenses. If you travel with someone else and you’re in DIY mode, you could always split a room, reducing those costs (my estimate is approximately $636.5 per person).

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Jason Hull, CFP®, was the co-founder of Broadtree Partners, a firm that acquires $1-5MM EBITDA companies. He also was the co-founder of open source search consultancy OpenSource Connections, a premier Solr and ElasticSearch firm. He and his wife FIREd (financial independence retire early) at 46 and 45, respectively. He has a BS from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a MBA from the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business.

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