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1. Posted by csfreixo (Full Member 83 posts) 11y

Hi all!

Apart from quite expensive areas as Western Europe and North America, what would be the average dayly expense for a RTW trip?
(Suppose travelling on a short budget and including overland transportation and entrance fees).

By the way, what are the most expensive and the cheapest places you have ever been?


2. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

On this trip, I'm working on about 25gbp daily budget which includes absolutely everything. In E Euro, Russia, Korea and China so far i've been under (well under in places) BUT i did spend 3months in Japan which was generally well over, so Its about evened out. I've covered all the expensive places so far, so i should now be fine and in cheap places for a while.

South East Asia is generally regarded as the best cheap destination. Parts of SE Europe are very cheap, and much of the old soviet block (excepting accomodation, and being in Moscow or St. Petes) is very cheap as well. Lots of other destinations are very cheap also.

Japan is quite expensive, as travel can be horrific and accomodation not cheap outside of Tokyo and Kyoto as essentially all hostels are official ones and some aren't cheap. Scandinavia isn't cheap (but not as bad as most people expect, exceptiing alcohol out), and the UK is expensive as well, althoyugh in both there are normally enough deals and cheats that you can keep the budget down.

3. Posted by csfreixo (Full Member 83 posts) 11y

Thanx Gelli... I think I was not that mistaken planning 50 US$/Day.
In India-Nepal I did 25 US$/Day which can balace the 70 US$/Day in Japan and Western EU/Scandinavia... right?

4. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

In India-Nepal I did 25 US$/Day which can balace the 70 US$/Day in Japan and Western EU/Scandinavia... right?


Just make sure that your budget is relatively fluid (some days will cost more, some will cost allot less), and where possible don't turn down once in a lifetime experiences because they might put you a bit over budget.

Ideally, also, try and have a seperate account or amount into your budget just for emergencies - 200-300usd or so at least - which you don't touch. A sum you can live off for a couple of weeks if neccessary, or use to get a flight out. And that should be in addition to a stash of cash that you keep hidden on you and in your bags.

5. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 420 posts) 11y

Even $75 a day in Japan can sometimes be quite challenging.

6. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Ive budgeted around $US 50 a day on average for a few months in South AMerica and so far I{m not coming close to spending that most days. Obviously, there are days when you are going to pay for certain activities or whatever and they will eat into that, but generally I think thats a safe amount to budget for the countries down here.

Hope that helps!


7. Posted by csfreixo (Full Member 83 posts) 11y

But south America expenses should be about US$35, I think...

8. Posted by Twinkle (Respected Member 1112 posts) 11y

It all depends what sort of budget you are wanting to live on, I did my RTW trip quite cheaply, I was in North American first, working in New York for a couple of months so I was renting an apartment that time but you must allow money for things like local transport, food etc....When I went onto LA, i was spending around $40 per day which included staying in a reasonable hostel but I did find things very expensive there and if I hadnt watched my money it could have gone kinda fast!In Japan we were spending on average, if I were to exclude my impulsive shopping trips, $50 per day on food, accomodation and transport! South East Asia.... we were on a small budget of $10 per day in Thailand and around $25 in Singapore!Obviously some days you will spend next to nothing and others you may spend a lot so its just about finding the balance really!

9. Posted by MelesMeles (Full Member 137 posts) 11y

I'm going to apply for working holidaymaker visa in Australia soon, for a year. Would I be able to keep myself alive down there, while working on minimum wage jobs & temporary jobs? Also I'd better do three months of seasonal work to apply for the second whm visa for another year. How much is the minimum wage down there (I suppose whm's might be able to earn more too, sometimes...), and is it enough to get by?