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Budget

General Info

When using our budget to plan your own trip, try to remember your costs will vary based your travel style. These figures are based on not moving too quickly (lower transportation costs), staying in budget accommodations, and self catering in expensive countries. On the other hand, we used web cafes extensively to work on the site, developed over 100 rolls of film, paid heaps of money to insurance companies, and took the more expensive route around the world (south of the equator).

Details

TABLE 1: Costs of Trip Relating to Specific Countries (One Person) Includes local transportation, food, lodging, and other expenses for 16 months.
Country Cost Days Cost/Day Mitigating factors
Panama/Costa Rica $893 35 $25.5 Stayed for free with friends for over 3 weeks.
Hawaii $557 14 $39.8  
Ind. Samoa $534 15 $35.6 Cost includes a lost $100 traveler's check
New Zealand $1,058 21 $50.4 Rented camper bus two weeks, flight from north to south island ($177) and return car ferry tickets.
Singapore $168 6 $28.0  
Indonesia $572 30 $19.1  
Malaysia $353 15 $23.5  
Thailand South $569 25 $22.8  
Vietnam $736 28 $26.3 Bought $200 of custom made clothes in Hoi An, including a suit, several pairs of pants, a wool coat, several silk shirts, and shipping.
Thailand North $756 34 $22.2 Includes parcel shipping costs of $64 and Thai massage course fee of $85, but we also rented a room for an entire month for only $36 each.
Laos $197 12 $16.4 Includes roughly $18 for a visa.
Thailand $172 19 $9.1 Spent only $30 or so for all living expenses for an 11 day stretch in a Buddhist meditation retreat.
Cambodia $260 7 $37.1 Spent $20 on a visa and $40 on an Angkor Wat ticket.
Thailand $133 2 $66.5 Only passed through 2 days - spent $53 on shipping and roughly $12 on airport departure tax.
India $563 31 $18.2 Includes a $75 visa purchased at home.
Nepal $1,323 42 $31.5 Spent $35 on shipping, $60 on gifts, $286 on an internal flight for trekking, roughly $300 on 21 day trek, and $20 on a visa.
Bahrain $0 1 $0.0 One night stopover - airline paid for hotel, transportation, food, and departure tax.
Greece $848 23 $36.9  
Turkey $751 27 $27.8 Includes a $45 visa on arrival and $25 overnight intl. bus to Sophia.

Michelle left and I started traveling solo. Starting from here, I stayed primarily in dorms rather than double rooms. Keep note of how long I spent in each place, as some stays might be too short to give a fair representation of sample costs.
Bulgaria $78 4 $19.5 Includes $21 overnight intl. train to Bucharest.
Romania $164 6 $27.3 Includes $28 intl. train to Budapest.
Hungary 158 5 $31.6 Includes $47.92 intl. night train to Split
Croatia $221 6.5 $34.0 Includes $10.10 intl. train from Zagreb to Ljubljana.
Slovenia $83 3.5 $23.7 Stayed with friend. Includes $27.87 intl. train to Venice.
Italy $338 4 $84.5 Only in Venice, which is very expensive. International train ticket to Vienna was also pricey at almost $87.57.
Austria $156 3.5 $44.6 Includes $7.91 intl. train to Bratislava.
Slovakia $58 2 $29.0 Too much internet and good food. Otherwise it is a very cheap place. Includes $5.26 intl. bus to Prague.
Czech Republic $133 4 $33.3 Includes $15.53 intl. train to Dresden.
Germany $269 7.5 $35.9 Includes about $10 for postage and $20 for Palm accessories, but I stayed at a friend's house for free for several nights. Includes $36.74 intl. bus ticket to Amsterdam from Berlin.
Netherlands $216 4 $54.0 Includes $12.85 intl. bus ticket to Bruges.
Belgium $122 2 $61.0 Includes $57.97 high speed Thalys train to Paris.
France $278 5 $55.6 Includes $52.48 bus to Spain and $20 haircut.
Spain $395 8 $49.4 Includes $35.15 domestic train and late night $25 taxi ride to airport, but flight out covered under "flights" table.
UK $263 4 $65.8 Flight out covered under "flights" table.
Ireland $1,436 22 $65.3 Includes a $318.66 splurge for a hired car, $87 for gas, $117 for gifts, and $63 for clothes that I needed for cold weather.
  $14,811 Total country specific costs
TABLE 2: International Flights
Cost Flight
$2,447 Air Treks (Half RTW ticket)
DC -> Panama City -> LA on Continental
LA -> Honolulu -> Samoa -> Auckland -> Singapore on Air New Zealand
Singapore -> Bali and Jakarta -> Kuala Lumpur on Malaysian Airways
Bangkok -> Ho Chi Minh City -> Bangkok on Vietnam Airlines
Bangkok -> Kathmandu -> Delhi on Royal Air Nepal (returned for new routing).
$264 Koh Samui to Phnom Phen / Siam Reap to Bangkok
$167 Bangkok to Mumbai (Bombay) OW
$76 Varanassi to Kathmandu OW
$411 Kathmandu to Athens OW
$117 Barcelona to London
$51 London to Dublin
$306 Dublin to New York
$3,839 Total international flights
TABLE 3: Bills at Home (16 months)
Cost Item
$2,334 Health Insurance
$215 Storage insurance
$843 Long term disability
$1,546 Photo supplies and processing
$936 Storage
$297 Evacuation insurance
$100 Two year hostel membership
$20 International driver's license
$1,000 Travel clothes, gear, shots
$183 Car insurance (stored car)
$258 Palm m105 and keyboard (for web stories)
$7,732 Total bills at home
TABLE 4: Wrapping it Up
$14,811 Country specific costs
$3,839 International Flights
$7,732 Bills at home
$26,382 Trip Total