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This post is another one in our budget traveling in Japan series, this time about transportation  We were backpacking in Japan for more than a month so we were searching for ways to spend less and see more. You can also read about cheap accommodation in Japan.

So by this point everyone probably thought about shinkansen or the bullet train, which I guess is really famous for Japan. They look like a bullet, their speed is crazy high (you can get from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2 hours. That’s 500 km). But, they’re also very very expensive. And I don’t mean ”I’ll just add some more and buy the ticket’’ expensive. No no no, if you buy a Japan Rail Pass (JRP) for 21 days it will cost you more than 550 $. Yes, you can have unlimited rides (but sometimes you still need to pay – depends on the company) and ride the fastest train on the planet. But it’s still something that a lot of people can’t afford, especially backpackers. This fact alone makes people think that Japan is really expensive. So we explored the option of not having the Japan Rail Pass.
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How much does a person spend in one year of traveling? We were wandering the same question when we left 18 months ago. Will we have enough money? How much do we need per day?

In this post we did a total breakdown of our expenses and costs after one year on the road.

Before we start, here some important facts:

  • We are not students. We worked for couple of years and have been saving for approximately 5 years.
  • Our goals was to spend 47 $ per day for both (23,5 $ per person), everything included.
  • We bought airplane tickets on the way, except for the the one from Europe.
  • Visas were arranged while traveling except Srilankan and Indian visa.
  • Our banks are from Slovenia, our home country.
  • Monthly costs were: basic phone number, basic health insurance which was impossible to cancel, bank account fee, MasterCard account fee.

In 365 days we spent 22.600 $ or 20.500 € in total (we’re more used to euros but I’ll put the data in $). This sum also includes equipment (like good backpacks from Deuter, sleeping bags, locks …), all visa costs, airplane tickets, replaced stolen items (2x stolen wallet, stolen DSLR camera, 120 $ worth of Nepalese rupiah), monthly costs from Slovenia (see above), atm and transaction fees. Everything! On average we spent  62 $ per day (for both) or 31 $ per person.

  • We had 18 flights, some international, some domestic. The sum was 3.035 $ for both or 1.517 $ per person.
  • Our banks took 330 $ transaction fee, 115 $ per person.
  • Additional expenses like new camera, diving, a lip balm here and there, were app. 2.430 $ or 1.215 $ per person.
  • Around 220 $ were stolen from us.

If we could avoid the costs of flying (which means traveling by land or sea), if we brought all the money we needed with us (probably impossible), if we would not spend money on diving and sorts, and if our 220 $ wouldn’t get stolen, the expenses would ne 16.615 $ or 8.308 $ per person. If we divide this by 365, we get 46 $ per day or 23 $ per person. Yay, almost exactly as our goal in the beginning! It is possible 🙂

How much money did we spent in certain countries?

 

 Country  Food and drinks per day (for both)  Accommodation per day (for both)
 Srilanka  22,9 $  10,9 $
 India  13,4 $  8,4 $
 Andaman Islands  15,7 $  7,2 $
 Nepal  15,5 $  6,0 $
 Thailand  21,9 $  8,1 $
 Indonesia  14,7 $  13,1 $
 Myanmar (Burma)  11,6 $  14,2 $
 Vietnam  14,9 $  9,1 $
 Philippines  13,6 $  11,3 $

* Remember. We traveled on a really low budget 🙂

* The prices for a single room are different than for one person in a double room so I left the expenses for 2 people.

* India and Nepal were very cheap countries to live in and we spent 5 months there which lowered our costs of living.

* These are calculated to be the average price of food, drinks and accommodation for certain countries.

Japan is known to be very expensive for traveling and when we decided to backpack there for over a month, we were extra careful about getting the cheapest rooms there are. We spent 14 $ per night (per person) on average and tried different types of accommodation like hostels, private rooms, couch surfing, capsule hotels, internet cafe and camping … There are budget hotels to be found in Japan but a lot of them are expensive. In Kyoto the average priced room on Agoda is supposed to be 130 $, but we slept there for 10 $.

Our traveling style is low budget but not zero budget which means we don’t sleep on the streets or dumpster dive.
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