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1. Posted by robbo_gsi (Full Member 81 posts) 10y

Hi all

I am planning to go RTW starting in Aug/Sept and was wondering roughly how much to take. I understand that it will depend much upon the duration of time I spend in every country I go to.

I want to work in Oz for 3 months anyway

thanks in advance

2. Posted by cd2 (Budding Member 19 posts) 10y


Me and my boyfriend are planning a RTW trip to leave mid May....(hopefully getting our flights booked next weekend!!)

Our planned route is London - Thailand - overland to Laos/Vietnam/Cambodia - Malaysia - Singapore - Bali - NZ - Fiji - OZ..

we will have £6,000 each saved up for our travels and will also be getting a working visa for OZ.. after all we want to do we should have about 3 months for OZ too..

I have no idea if we have enough.. I am more worried about running out of money when we get to OZ.. we want to do as much as poss in terms of sports/skydive.. things like that, but hopefully we can find work to fund the extra things we hope to do..!

3. Posted by Amy Allan (Budding Member 22 posts) 10y


Me and my friend are leaving for our RTW in july for a year. We are gonna try our best to live of £2000 each we are planning oz for at least 7 months on a Whv. To be honest we aint even thought about budgets but im sure we will manage. Hope this is a help.

Luv ya's

4. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 10y

It obviously depends upon (a) where you go (b) how long you spend in different places and (c) what your lifestyle is like. Lots of partying, excursions, shopping and extreme sports etc will obviously eat through your funds quicker than a more frugal approach.

5-6k seems about average and allows you to enjoy yourself as well. I know people who have gone RTWs on serious shoestrings and managed, but you end up scrimping everywhere and not being able to do those things which really make the trip

5. Posted by Shepwad (Budding Member 19 posts) 10y

yeah I'm thinking about budgets, in peoples experience how much should you budget for 6 months RTW?

6. Posted by angharad (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

Hi Lee,

My boyfriend and I are off around the world in 3 weeks... yeah!!! Finally the time has come and after much thinking about the budget situation we have sorted out approximately £5,000 each. We're going for 8 and 1/2 months and we're not working. This budget works out at about £40 a day between us depending on where we are, some places it will be a lot less like; India, SE Asia and most of South America but Australia and Hong Kong will be more pricey. This budget takes into account a couple of visas we have to buy along the way, overland travel, food, accommodation and lots of fun!

This is the best website I found for advice and info. Hope it helps

Have a great time!

7. Posted by Clanger (Respected Member 202 posts) 10y

I set of with 6,000 quid and I have plenty left to see me through New Zealand, in actual fact Im sure I wont spend it all. But there is one wee thing about me, I dont drink hardly any alcohol, and from talking to fellow travellers it seems Im saving myself oodles of cash. I was even able to afford a couple of internal flights across Asia.

But I am frugel with my money, I havent gone out on big spending binges either, and its often been really really hard to keep my hands firmly in my pockets, especially in Hong Kong, Bangkok and Sydney!

I guess it depends on your spending habits. I went budget accommodation everywhere, ate carefully (often buying from supermarkets to cater for myself), giving myself a daily budget, and not spending it all the time.

8. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 10y


Friends of mine went travelling for a year and managed on £5,000 each, this including buying loads of tailor made clothes and a diamond engagement ring.

My boyfriend and I are going travelling for a year, later this year and have budgeted around £6-7,000 each for the year. We probably won't spend all of it, but we want to be sure that we can treat ourselves once in a while!


9. Posted by jarrote (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y


When you guys talking about 5000 pounds for example, this means includind the round the world ticket or not?

10. Posted by anglosurma (Respected Member 106 posts) 10y

im off december and im goin africa india thailand then nz butplan to work there and then in canada if i have to as its all part of the experience im taking £2500 stick in the poorer country longer which are far more exiting places and cultured