BUDGET BREAKDOWN SUMMARY
I always wanted to travel the world, but never really got the chance to do so until earlier this year. In late April of this year, with a $10,000.00 budget in hand, I purchased a one-way ticket to Bangkok. This was my first trip abroad and I did not know what to expect.
My thought process was that I was going to travel until my budget disappeared. I wanted to know how far $10,000.00 would take me. As a result, I documented all my expenses. Below is a rough budget breakdown of what I spent on my little adventure abroad.
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** Gardens By the Bay, Singapore **
So … my budget began dwindling before I even jumped on the plane. The unexpected pre-trip costs added up rather quickly. It was surprising to a noobie traveler such as myself. Pre-Trip costs included passport fees, visas, travel vaccines, travel insurance, luggage and random accessories.
PRE-TRIP COSTS ==> $1044.75 CAD.
As you would expect, a large portion of the budget went towards airfare. On my trip, I traveled to six different countries. These countries included Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea. Airfare became cheaper further into the trip because of some tricks I learned, but it was still the most expensive part of the journey.
AIR-FARE ==> $2519.70 CAD.
Accommodations were my next largest expense. I stayed in a combination of hostels, capsules and hotels ranging between 2 to 5-stars. Again, the trend was towards a more budget friendly living quarters further into the trip.
ACCOMMODATION ==> $2341.50 CAD.
** 88th Floor Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia **
FOOD & DRINK
Most important necessity, at least to me, is food and drink. I spent most of the trip eating out at restaurants and convenience stores. I don’t think I ate in at all on my trip. I didn’t really have the cooking utensils to do so anyways. Street food, buffets, local delicacies … nom nom nom.
FOOD & DRINK ==> $1103.85 CAD.
Second most important necessity was my phone. I had very little knowledge of the places I was going to. Without my phone, I would have been completely lost. My phone was the only thing that allowed me to find my way around and communicate with the locals. The cheapest way to stay connected was to use local phone services. I unlocked my phone before I left and purchased a sim card before leaving each airport.
PHONE & COMMUNICATION ==> $233.55 CAD.
I traveled a lot on foot, but public transportation was rather inexpensive, with the exception of Japan. Japan had the most expensive public transit service systems available in the six countries I visited. All the other cities were priced similarly.
TRANSPORTATION ==> $373.90 CAD.
** Go Karts in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan **
Everything else I lumped into the random category. They were usually one offs, but I thought it was something I should at least mention.
Tourist attractions and local hot spots. Some of them did not cost anything, but some of them cost a pretty penny.
Clothes was something I did not think I would need to purchase on on my trip. I packed enough to last me a week before having to find a laundromat. But the weather is very different in South East Asia. Cotton did not breath so well and my clothes were soaked a couple times over before each day ended. I would go through my whole wardrobe within a day in some countries.
I had to go out and purchase more comfortable clothing, something that could breath, washed and dry quickly. Luckily it wasn’t too expensive to purchase more suitable attire. A more veteran traveler would have been so ill-prepared.
Costs that I probably could have done without spending on items such as souvenirs and gifts.
RANDOM COSTS ==> $885.25 CAD.
I thought I had spent every penny of my budget after purchasing my final ticket home. To my surprise, that was not the case. After going over all my expenses, I found out I brought back about $805.30 in foreign currency.
Before ever going out and traveling on my own, I was under the impression that traveling was an expensive luxury. I didn’t think I would be abroad for longer than a couple of weeks with my budget, but that clearly was not the case.
** Yanghwa Bridge, Seoul, South Korea **
A grand total $7697.20 Canadian dollars was spent abroad over a span of 60 days. I had $2300.00 of my budget remaining which could of possibly extended my stay another month or so depending on where I wanted to go. In hindsight, if I spent a little more wisely and tracked my expenses more thoroughly I could have stayed abroad for much longer.
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