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What did you spend?

All in all how much did you spend on your RTW trip?
12 years ago, June 2nd 2009 No: 1 Msg: #74703  
Hi All

I have read many blogs and many forums on the subject of RTW trips and although I have come across some that talk about cost of hostels etc and forums asking 'how much should I take?' I have never seen one that asks 'How much did YOU spend in total?' I think this will help alot of new travellers get a good idea. I have decided to save for 2 years, hoping to raise around £30k for 2 of us, but I would be very interested to know how others got on. So I would like to know.....

How much did you spend on your RTW trip in total? (flights, food, accom, backpak, trips, ect)
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12 years ago, June 2nd 2009 No: 2 Msg: #74729  

I suppose the answer will depend on which countries people went to, how long they spent there, etc. Sorry, I'm also saving and am interested in this answer. 😊 Reply to this

12 years ago, June 4th 2009 No: 3 Msg: #75009  
N Posts: 19
me too! And if anyone left with a kid: the age, the difficulties, the costs, the food... Thanks! Reply to this

12 years ago, June 5th 2009 No: 4 Msg: #75123  
B Posts: 32
I probably spent about 30k on me and the missus travelling. That is enough.

If you know what the main things are you will be spending the bulk of your money on, that will help. Such as if you plan to hire a car for a month, or flights, or arranged trips. Also if you plan to stay in dorm rooms with others, or you want private rooms all the time, this really can add up considering its generally a daily expense.
And of course if you plan to work while travelling as we planned to when getting to aussie land.

I wont bore you with the everything of my trip, but you can almost always cut costs - booking everything before you leave, waiting to buy things (e.g. backpack) until you see it cheap. Dont buy things before you go unless you REALLY need it - if it turns you could do with something after you leave, odds on you can buy it where you are and often for cheaper (i'm talking extra pair of shorts, not travel insurance) - but if you have the money, and you've dedicated it to travelling, you dont need arrange everything and stick to some strick plan. I've found it best when I'm not sticking to fixed dates/plans - thats when I've had the most enjoyable time.
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12 years ago, June 5th 2009 No: 5 Msg: #75133  

Graham - was that 30k in $US, £'s etc? How long did you travel for?

Me and the missus are budgeting £10k each for a 10-11 month trip. According to various resources/sites that should be plenty if we're careful. Reply to this

12 years ago, June 5th 2009 No: 6 Msg: #75158  
B Posts: 32
It was in UK pounds. But thinking about it now, we easily travelled around europe for a couple of months, and then for probably another atleast 10 months without working.
I havent been very good with tracking the old money, but i bet 10k each is more than enough. Though, depends what you want to do and how you want to travel of course.

I've made it RTW and back to Aussie land, and with time to get a job without scraping the barrel.
No doubt there'll be some people on here who have really cut it fine with money....someone?

Like I said, do work out the main/fixed costs e.g. the long flights, car/campervan hire, organised travels, insurance for what you want to do if you can. Reply to this

12 years ago, June 6th 2009 No: 7 Msg: #75254  
My wife and I spent about £25K all in for the year we were away... bearing in mind you got a lot more for your pound a couple of years ago, but to be honest it was more than enough... We did EVERYTHING in NZ, blowing our budget apart which really worried me as it was only the 3rd month and we still had 3 months in Oz and six in Asia to cover. Once we'd got Oz out of the way though we realised we had loads of money, and then just went nuts in Asia... spent 3 weeks in the Phillipines just diving everyday!

Also we didn't stay in a single Dorm, the entire year... well not with other people, they sometimes gave us a dorm just to ourselves if they'd ran out of private rooms. 😊 Reply to this

12 years ago, June 6th 2009 No: 8 Msg: #75259  

I'm glad to hear we're there or there abouts. We just have to do the saving and waiting bit now. Only 482 days to go. :P Reply to this

12 years ago, June 7th 2009 No: 9 Msg: #75310  

...was that 30k in $US, £'s ...

Hello Chris 😊

If you Google 'currency convertor' some useful tools for converting all currencies will come up.

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12 years ago, June 7th 2009 No: 10 Msg: #75339  

This is really helpful. Keep 'em coming. 😱

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12 years ago, June 8th 2009 No: 11 Msg: #75381  
First time on a RTW ticket I probably spend about 10000 euro's for myself, that is including the quite expensive initial ticket fee... I had a five continent deal, going to S. America, N. Zealand, Australia and the likes... The ticket alone was 3400 or so euro's at that time... I would say I spent about 450 euro's a month in S. America on average and I wasn't doing it especially cheaply at the time, I took a cruise through the Chilean fjords for 200 dollars, a safari of the Pantanal in Brasil for 150 dollars, the Inca trial another 100 dollars and Salar de Uyuni I think also about 100 or so dollars. I went out regularly and drank a lot, I went skiing... Mind you this was 6 years ago... I spent a lot of money in New Zealand though, but I was working there too, so it didn't matter.

Second RTW trip, I bought the ticket in Australia, better ticket (more options) for only 3200 Australian dollars, which was about 2500 euro's or maybe even less. In total probably only spent 5000 euro's on that trip, including the ticket. I actually went mostly to expensive countries on this one... But stayed with friends which saved a lot of money. Reply to this

12 years ago, June 10th 2009 No: 12 Msg: #75644  
B Posts: 104
We decided instead of having a big wad of cash we would have a daily budget, this was $30 USD in Asia (3 months), $70USD in Australia & New Zealand (4 months), $50USD in South America (<2 months) & $100 USD in the United States and Canada (3 months). In addition we booked our main continental flights before we left and hotels at certain times of the year, such as New Years in Sydney.

It totally depends on what you want to do and where you want to go. We wanted to take the time off from our jobs to travel only and not be stuck needing to work to get to the next place. We also didn't want to sleep in dorms, so private rooms only. I also like the odd bit of luxury so ocassionally we ended up in a nice spa or luxury hotel for a couple of nights at certain times throughout our year away. At the outset we agreed to make the most of every opportunity so when it came to things that cost more, if we felt the experience was worth it we paid the money. I.e., we wanted the video and professional pictures of our skydive which doubles the cost. Fitting other things in to our trip like Moto GP or Formula 1 race, and concerts also cost us more.

All in all we spent around 20k sterling each, and it was worth every penny!!! Enjoy your planning, that is nearly as good as the trip itself......... 😊

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12 years ago, June 10th 2009 No: 13 Msg: #75688  

Ooh, I'd love it if we could afford £20k each - talk about flashpacking! Reply to this

12 years ago, June 11th 2009 No: 14 Msg: #75771  
B Posts: 102
I had two budgets. One was based off the expected daily costs for each country and my duration in each place. The other was for one time bigger expenses...sorta my "adventure" fund. This covered things like my 5-day live-aboard dive trip on the GBR (which was over 1 month of daily expenses), bungee jumping, ice climbing, etc. I found that this made it easier to truly estimate my costs and keep track of things.

If I had just gone into it thinking "$30 per day"...then all of a sudden I'd drop hundreds of $$ on some 2hr activity and not know how I just hosed up my budget. But with this approach, I knew I had a certain amount of $$ to spend on this stuff w/o affecting my lodging, food, bus, etc fund.

While actually on the road, I tracked every expense (yes, every bottle of water, every internet shop, every bus in Kathmandu, etc) I had in my journal and closely monitored my remaining budget. I met some people who just kept pulling money from the ATM and every few months would look at their balance to be surprised with how little they had left.

If you want to see how big of a geek I am, have a look at one of my trip summary blogs and all the things I kept track of.

Gone Global - The Bests And The Mosts

In it, you'll see this breakdown of my expenses.

Now that you've seen my neurosis, you might not be surprised to know I have it all in Excel and can give you cost breakdowns of all sorts of things - specifically the average cost per country. If you're interested, send me a PM and I can give you more details. If you're not interested...just laugh at me and continue on with your browsing 😉 Reply to this

12 years ago, June 11th 2009 No: 15 Msg: #75784  

I share your neurosis. Geeks of the world, unite and take over! Reply to this

12 years ago, June 11th 2009 No: 16 Msg: #75792  
Hi Marc

What a great response to my question. I mean, a PIE CHART, I love it! I have now started reading your blog, which I expect I will love. Can I ask, how much do you think you spent all in?

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12 years ago, June 11th 2009 No: 17 Msg: #75841  
3 posts moved to this topic: Time and money management. Reply to this

12 years ago, June 11th 2009 No: 18 Msg: #75887  
N Posts: 9
Hi all

Been reading with interest, I'm going on a sort of RTW in Jan for 3 months ish and trying to come to terms with a budget. Doing Singapore, Oz, New Zealand and Fiji from the UK so any advice on these places would be great. My workings are coming to £35 a day after transport/flights etc. so this would be for hostels, food and activities. I'm hoping this is reasonable???

Marc, great idea on having an adventure budget seperate to daily spending. I didn't really think about doing that, especially as I want to try and get some diving in, also things like Whitsundays, Fraser Island etc.

I'm a geek too, have my cash workings, lists of destinations, what to take etc in Excel, can't get out of the habit, spend all day at work in Excel too which does worry me a bit......!

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12 years ago, June 13th 2009 No: 19 Msg: #76008  
B Posts: 11
hey, i just came back from a one-year RTW and just did my accounting. result: 21,450 Euros.

i had roughly budgeted 18k, but giving myself a margin of 3k, so i'm in my budget basically.

i'm not a geek unfortunately, i just tried to note down my expenses in a little notebook, and basically every three-four weeks would check how much i had spent in average per day, and would adjust my spending accordingly. i had estimated roughly 35 to 40 euros per day, and ended up with total spending of 46 per day. but i never said no to anything because of the cost. of course, i always stayed in dorms/hostels or couchsurfed, ate mostly in cheap joints, but the big spending was in entertainment: skydiving, excursions, treks, diving, massage course, and... concerts!

i wish i had had the same approach as Going Global, separating the "everyday" spending (food, lodging, transportation, etc) from the activities. the other thing i wish i had done was to prepare an estimate of average daily spending per region of the world. it's so incredibly different from Asia to OZ and NZ! in VietNam and Lao, i spent about 25 euros per day, and in NZ, 86!!!

but in the end, even though i was slightly over budget, i don't regret anything, and i didn't worry too much about the spending, i was just "worried" about having a good time, knowing that if i went over budget, it would be just slightly, since i remained relatively reasonable. my advice would be this: make a rough budget, check it often enough so you don't have bad surprises, and just have fun :-) Reply to this

12 years ago, June 13th 2009 No: 20 Msg: #76040  
I like the way people are being honest in this thread about how much they spent or are spending. There is sometimes this kind of competiton amongst people travelling for who can pay the least for something, I can't be bothered playing.
So, as we're all being honest about it, we budgeted for about 18,000 pounds for a year, but that seems like a distant memory now, something I might have dreamt, haha. I'm just glad I don't have a letterbox, because the statements flying though it every month would make grim reading, and I just can't be bothered thinking about that at the moment, I'm having way too much fun. Reply to this

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