Budgeting

So lets talk money…

So obviously a big trip like was going to be expensive.

All together our flights cost £1981 each using skyscanner to find the cheapest flights.We have also put £500 each away for a flight home – we didn’t want to book it just in case our plans change along the way.

We used budgetyourtrip.com to get a rough idea of how much we could expect to spend in each place.

Once toted up, we figured that all together we will need a budget of £12, 666 each (not including flights). Then it was time for both of us to start working crazy hours to pay for it.

Not only did we work extra hours but we left our city centre flat and moved to a smaller, cheaper flat. We got rid of all non essential expenses (Sky TV went, along with any brand name products). Before we left the country we sold all our furniture and most of our other belongings. The last week in the flat was spent sleeping on a mattress on the floor.

Overall it took about 12 months to save and it was hard! We missed out on nights out with friends and hardly ever ate out –  date night was pasta and a £3 bottle of wine in front of the TV, but writing this now from Cambodia I promise you it is well well worth it.

Our budget will hopefully cover food, accommodation and activities not included in tours we have booked (see below) plus about £1700 to rent a camper van in Australia for 4 weeks we think.

We will have to update you on how sticking to the budget goes but so far the break down of the cost is:

Nepal 2 weeks – Total Budget – £252 each

£18 per day each for food accommodation and activities (outside of trek)

Not included in the £12 666 budget – we have spent £604 on a 5 day trek to Poon Hill in the Annupara Mountain range, with a small trekking company in Kathmandu called Green Valley. This includes your food and accommodation during the 5 days. We also put aside £35 for the guide and porters tips.

China 2 weeks – Total Budget – £366 each

£25 per day each for food accommodation and activities (outside of tour)

Not included in the £12 666 budget – We have spent £1390 on an 8 day tour of from Beijing to Shanghi. We did this via GA Adventures. Many people who we spoke to before we left found china a bit difficult to get around because of the language barrier, so we thought this would be the best way to see the things we wanted to see without time spent lost and stressed. We put aside £25 for the guides tip.

South East Asia  10 weeks (Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos & Burma) -Total Budget – £2100 each

£30 per day each for food accommodation and activities

Sri Lanka 3 weeks -Total Budget – £630 each

£30 per day each for food accommodation and activities

India 4 weeks – Total Budget – £600 each

£20 per day each for food accommodation and activities.

Australia 8 weeks – £3078 each (plus extra £1700 for camper van 4 weeks)

£55 per day each for food accommodation and activities

Indonesia & Malaysia 4 weeks (Bali/Kuala Lumpur) – Total Budget – £1050 each

£35 per day each for food accommodation and activities

New Zealand 6 weeks – Total Budget – £1890 each

£45 per day each for food accommodation and activities

South America 12 weeks (Argentina, Chile, Peru) – Total Budget – £2700

£30 per day each for food accommodation and activities ( outside of tour)

Not included in the £12, 666 budget -£437 each for a tour of the amazon rainforest via Peru in an eco lodge for 4 nights and £484 each on the 4 day Inca trail to Machu Pichu. Both tours include food and accommodation and were booked with Bamba experience.

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