A big question any traveller always has to answer in some way or another is, “How much will my trip cost”. Some people plan a detailed budget down to the penny. Others don’t plan at all and instead just go with the flow and fly home when the money runs out. We were a bit in between. We stay open to possibilities while still having a rough idea of how much we want to spend in each country/region.
To help others plan a trip, we’ve put together a number of posts detailing how much we spent by country. These posts are helpful to anyone interested in having real world budget numbers, especially for backpacking couples who enjoy the occasional splurge. While we could have travelled cheaper in some cases, we feel we get good value generally for our dollars without having to wonder if we are safe at nights or if we’re going to get deathly sick from eating the food.
$38.00 US per day gets you comfortably from the streets of HCMC in the south all the way north to Hanoi. You'll eat at local restaurants, have private rooms and take a great cruise around the world famous Ha Long Bay.
$34.00 a day lets you live like a king. Eat incredible fish on the street of Vientiane, take hikes around Luang Prabang and laze down the river in Vang Vieng with enough budget to spare for afternoon coffee and ice cream.
$38.00 a day lets you tour the temples of Angkor for a week, eat at fantastic restaurants in Phnom Penh and enjoy private rooms with private baths. Hire a bike in Siem Reap or rent a bike to enjoy your days at the temples at a slower pace. Life at this budget is easy and plentiful.
$100.00 a day gets you bus tickets up the east coast,self cooking in hostels with tours of Fraser Island, diving at the reef and a 2 night diving tour past the Whitsunday islands. Take in Melbourne, Sydney and a wine tour in Newcastle and lounge on the beaches in Byron Bay.
$41.06 a day gets you hiking to the Lost city, wandering the streets of Bogota and eating delicious ajiaco soups in Medellin. You'll be amazed at what Colombia has to offer and, despite being a bit more expensive, it's some of the best value in South America and a country that's not going to remain hidden in the shadow of it's former reputation for long.
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