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Getting your travel budget right

This post is to help people with budgeting their trip:
The costs are either in USD/€ or Local currency and is based on a couple travelling together. For a single person use this formula "amount/2*1,2"
This is based on our personal experience, we are a well-traveled couple who likes roughing it and doing it the hard way. We tend to keep the cost down by using local transport, not taking AC and eating in dingy-looking local places.

Portugal - €80 (inc. Rail transport, €10-20 for a 2-4 hour jorney)
Macedonia – €50
Montenegro - €80 (can go down to €50 if cooking your own meals)
Bulgaria – 80 Lev (in mountains hard to spend more than 50 Lev)
Istanbul - €80
Spain - €80
Georgia - €50
Armenia -€50

Australia – 100 AUD. (hostels, all your food from supermarkets, camp on the beach, drink from a goon bag)

India – 2000 INR
Nepal – 2500 NPR
Myanmar - $60 (Accomodation and attractions your biggest expences. Budget 12-25 for a room, and 3-10 for entries)
Thailand – 1500 TBH
Cambodia - $50
Vietnam - $35
Malaysia - $60
Indonesia – $50
Singapore - $70
Laos- $45
China – 450 RMB (staying in hostels, making some of your meals. Biggest expence is travel and entries. A good idea is to get an ISIC card as a lot of places do student discounts)

Cuba – 70 CUC

Morocco – €50

It's fair to say that backpacking differs from country to country, the above budgets allowed us to get drunk everyday while in Cambodia and eat mostly out of Aldi value range while in Australia.

A good idea is to get a debit card that doesn't get charged for using abroad. We have saved about £300 over the course of the year on card charges. In the UK only Norwich & Peterborough offers a card free to use worldwide, Metro Bank is free to use in the EU.

If you think I should expand on any of the above please just leave a comment and I will.

Posted by dima.safr 02:29

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