So, that was our journey! Filled with lots of food, diving, travel, day trips and socialising. Before we left I found it really hard to find out how much money you budget for a year travelling. I asked other travelers but because people work for a bit….then travel…then find a way to earn quick money again on top of their initial budget no one actually knew how much they spent. I felt like this was a massive commitment to make, quit your jobs and say your off for a year with no idea of how much you would need.
So! I made it my mission to write down every single penny that we spent. It was annoying at times but now I have an exact figure down to every drop of curry, bottle of water, accommodation,internal flight and night bus. These figures are from 16th January 2014- 15th January 2015 and are for both Jackson and I.
India, 71 days in total. We volunteered for 6 weeks and had food and accommodation for that time but we did get sucked in by the markets and hareem pants. The volunteering helped us keep our spend down a lot, but it is insanely cheap. Posted a large box home of stuff we bought and stuff we packed but didn’t need!
90416.42 Rupees/ £950 GBP
Thailand, 49 days in total. No volunteering with lots of beer and day trips and safari’s. A 3 day stay at an elephant sanctuary and 2 dive courses each to advanced level. a few Internal flights and lots of travel from up and down the country. I also had some dental work done here.
93021.48 Thai Baht/ £1861.49 GBP
Laos, 17 days. a slow boat and lots of night buses and a few scooters and fuel to explore. Accommodation was really nice here overall but we still didn’t spend a bomb.
7451126.25 Laos Kip/ £595 GBP
Cambodia, 30 days. These prices include the visa’s for all the countries too- I forgot about them! We also had £300 GBP stolen so this includes that (because someone spent it somewhere!) Ankor Wat tour, dolphin tour, night buses throughout the country and boat over to Koh Rong and back.
2061.74 US Dollars/ £1335.37 GBP
Vietnam, 52 days. Visa, Travel from the south to the north, many cave entries,3 day Halong bay trip, 6 day Sapa tour and I had my wisdom teeth out. Posted 2 boxes home of stuff we bought.
82773430.77 Dong/ £2511.37 GBP
Malaysia, 19 days. Up the tower, Batu caves, aquarium, 2 internal flights and lots of mono rail usage. took some clothes to the alterations tailor and lots of fresh fish!
4579.42 Ringgit/ £820.21 GBP
Australia, 126 days from Cairns down to Adelaide. We bought and insured a van but we managed to sell it for the price we paid so that made a big difference, basically all our accommodation was free. We cooked all our own meals bar the odd few. But this includes fuel, lots of charity shop purchases. we both Dived the great barrier 3 times and snorkeled Airie Beach and did lots of other day trips. We did Volunteer for a total of 4 weeks, 3 of those weeks included food so we saved there and on fuel as we were not driving all day.
8998.88 AUS Dollars/ £4553.01 GBP
So all that is £13,925.40 GBP add to that our initial flights a further £2,500 GBP, gives us a grand total of:
£16,425.40 GBP for 2 people for 364 days…..EVERYTHING! Now obviously people have different spending habits. If you followed our blog you would have gathered that we were not lavish. But hopefully this will give you an idea of what is possible with this budget and I really hope it is useful for anyone who is thinking about going travelling.
Thanks for everyone who has followed our journey, it has been great to read your comments along the way 🙂