My friend and I have decided (after much deliberation) to pack our jobs in and go travelling. We both went in to f/t work straight from college so we never really got an opportunity to take a gap year. Now we're both 21 and decided to go for it now while we still can. I was wondering if you guys could give me some idea of how much we should be looking to raise to pay for flights, approx daily spending and accomodation. I know everyones travels are vastly different and theres no definitive price, but we wanted to get a vague idea of how long we'll need to save/when we can go etc. We're planning (at the moment at least) to try and fit in Japan (for a while as it seems pretty expensive), China, Thailand, Austrailia, New Zealand and hopefully Cambodia for a short time, aim to be away for 5-6 months (ish) and we're looking to stay in budget hotel/guesthouse sort of accomodation. Does anyone have any idea how much the bare bones of that trip would cost?
Thaks in advance!
To even roughly estimate an amount you would have to give alot more detail. I think you have alot of research to do.
A rough estimate of everyday costs are
- Japan £35 per day if you stay in hostels and cheap minshukus
- Australia and New Zealand £25+ per day staying in hostels and cooking your own food, NZ slightly cheaper.
- China £15 per day more in Hong kong and if you travel by better class trains
- Thailand £10-15 per day, Cambodia cheaper.
Like someone else said, you'd need to be a lot more specific before someone could give you a realistic expectation on what you shoulod expect to pay. I think that what Skinbo has written with regards to estimates would probably be about right per person, but most the time it would mean staying in hostels to get by on that budget. Depending on what you do, how you are planning on travelling, which parts of the countries you are travelling to etc it will mean that your budget may vary greatly. For example in Western Australia (which in my view is the best area of Australia to visit), you will pay a lot more to see sites on any sort of tour. Like a 2 day trip to the Bungle Bungles costs roughly about the same per day as one of those expensive cruises to Antarctica. Accommodation varies from $20AUDp/p per night up to $100+AUD p/p per night in some of the less touristy places where you will not find any hostels. If you stuck to the main cities in Australia then things would be in that lower range, but exploring the places a lot more worth seeing will cost you.
In New Zealand if you go to places like Queenstown and have some fun with all the activities, then you could quite easily go through over $100US a day per person.
Cambodia is very cheap. A place I stayed at in Phnom Penh cost only $2US a night in a double room (nothing specky for that), but certainly liveable. At Sihanoukville I stayed in the bungalow only about 20 metres from the beach and it cost me $5US a night!
Have a great trip.