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Spending money for 12 months travels?

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1. Posted by morgs54 (Budding Member 5 posts) 34w

Hi,

Me and our lass are going travelling for 12 months starting in June this year, South America for roughly 5 months, New Zealand for 2, then splitting the last 5 months between Australia, Indonesia and south east Asia.

What you saying for spends?

I'm happy with hostels and staying in shit holes but we do like good food and lots of beer!

Cheers x

2. Posted by Andyf (Travel Guru 640 posts) 34w

Posh nosh and beer will add up. You could burn through £25k per person with no trouble at all.

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1592 posts) 34w

Why not look at your savings and figure out how much per day you have for spending money. You will have to pay for flights between different continents. Only you know how much you have available each day after paying for plane tickets.

You have to research various visa requirements. Looks like several one way flights. Some countries may require "proof of onward travel" just to leave the departure airport. This proof may mean a plane ticket out of the country in a particular time period. (Depends on how long you intend to stay and the passport you use to enter these countries.) Google search will help for visa requirements.

Money. Not too safe to just leave home with something like fifty thousands dollars or pounds in your bag to pay for everything. This means you should have credit card for any emergencies that may come up plus debit type cards for obtaining spending money from ATMs. Don't rely on a single card for spending money!! When you take your credit and debit cards on this trip you must notify your bank that you will be overseas and for how long. When withdrawals start to come up from foreign countries you don't want your bank thinking the card has been stolen and deny ATM withdrawals.

Working. Some tourists do try to work overseas. For some countries this is a pain in the a$$ because this requires proper work permits, etc. For some locations the money you make is much less than working at a McDonalds type fast food place back home. Some countries resent foreigners taking jobs away from local citizens. Different countries different rules.

If you find that your savings only allow for crappy food and crappy living conditions don't go for so long! Shorter trips with same money means better hotels and food. (Have good medical insurance in case you get sick on the road.)

Long trips sometimes solidify a relationship but some long trips cause breakups with all of this "closeness!" Staying with the same person, day after day, hour after hour, especially in crappy places you see how the other person really is.

Plan a daily budget out and fit the trip to what you can afford.

Make Google your friend!

4. Posted by Megan_3 (Budding Member 64 posts) 34w

I'm coming to the end of my 5 month trip in South America and I would of spent about £5500 not including flights. It's definitely not that cheap out here apart from Bolivia!

5. Posted by maps2anywhere (Budding Member 42 posts) 34w

Besides asking about spending the money, I think you should be more concerned about the safe trip. 12 months is really a long time. You must prepare yourself for the journey. Read about the places where you have to stay beforehand itself. You can plan your budget. According to me £20k could be the sum per head. Take credit card with you in case of emergency.

6. Posted by morgs54 (Budding Member 5 posts) 34w

Cheers.

We have £40k between us so going on what people have said I'm happy thats enough as we have already booked flights to Colombia from Heathrow and will be booking flights from Chile to Aukland this weekend which as far as I'm aware are our longest and most expensive flights.

Yeah we are looking at various cards and things now, previously we have used FairFX but that was only for USD and AUD.

back on the food I'm happy eating noodles all week as long as it tastes good, i didn't mean id like fancy restaurants every day.

We've already done quite a lot of travelling but for nowhere near this long, this is the last one before we start to chill out and maybe even think about buying a house...

Was thinking of buying a car in New Zealand for the 2 months and then selling it on, has anyone experienced that?

7. Posted by Jackiewil (Budding Member 5 posts) 34w

Quoting maps2anywhere

Besides asking about spending the money, I think you should be more concerned about the safe trip. 12 months is really a long time. You must prepare yourself for the journey. Read about the places where you have to stay beforehand itself. You can plan your budget. According to me £20k could be the sum per head. Take credit card with you in case of emergency.

I totally agree with that approach. You always have to have "way out" for a rainy day. In a trip that long you really need to be organized and it's anyways always a good thing. Be safe and enjoy!

8. Posted by Megan_3 (Budding Member 64 posts) 34w

If you're looking for a good card go for the Halifax clarity credit card. There's no international fees on it so I just withdraw money on there and pay it of every week or 2

9. Posted by morgs54 (Budding Member 5 posts) 34w

Quoting Megan_3

If you're looking for a good card go for the Halifax clarity credit card. There's no international fees on it so I just withdraw money on there and pay it of every week or 2

Yeah I've just been looking at that, no issues or hidden fees or anything?

Cheers

10. Posted by Megan_3 (Budding Member 64 posts) 34w

It's been really good for me, only thing is the app can be a bit slow when you want to check the balance but other than that really good. Are you planning on going to Argentina? I've found their ATMs really temperamental but luckily I bought USD's for here