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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.
Thai islands may be expensive but the north… North is different. As soon as you’ll move from Bangkok you’ll see different people, food and customs. And of course the prices are much lower, yes! Don’t expect places without tourists because this is still Thailand, but you will get some of freedom to explore the country in a different way. From Thailand you can move to Laos and see how big a difference can a couple of km make. It’s time to see some of the most beautiful places and villages in SE Asia, have a good meal and rest your eyes on beautiful views.
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?
Before we start, here some important facts:
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.
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 🙂
|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 $.