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21. Posted by jsimmo (Budding Member 20 posts) 9y

Hey,

I know I am in the upper-scale in regards to my budget for each section of my trip but I am still confused as to how much I should put towards Hostels and Spending Money (Food, Attractions, Transport).

For example: In Hong Kong, I have been looking at hostels at AUD$28 per night. I budgeted AUD$55 per day in Hong Kong, so after accommodation this would leave me with $27 for spending money. I have no idea if this is enough??

So, what I would really like to know is how much I should put towards food/attractions/transport cost per day for Europe, Russia, China, Japan.

  • I don't mind eating street food, but as long as there is atleast 1 night I could eat good food.

(If I have a fair idea as to how much I should put towards 'spending money' I would then be able to put a price to the type of hostels I could stay in).

Hopefully someone could help me with this.
- J Simmo

22. Posted by jsimmo (Budding Member 20 posts) 9y

TO AHARROLD:

I know I am in the upper-scale in regards to my budget for each section of my trip but I am still confused as to how much I should put towards Hostels and Spending Money (Food, Attractions, Transport).

For example: In Hong Kong, I have been looking at hostels at AUD$28 per night. I budgeted AUD$55 per day in Hong Kong, so after accommodation this would leave me with $27 for spending money. I have no idea if this is enough??

So, what I would really like to know is how much I should put towards food/attractions/transport cost per day for Europe, Russia, China, Japan.

  • I don't mind eating street food, but as long as there is atleast 1 night I could eat good food.

(If I have a fair idea as to how much I should put towards 'spending money' I would then be able to put a price to the type of hostels I could stay in).

23. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

You are worrying too much about everything. With the budget you have set stay in a cheap hostel that hasn't got a lot of bad remarks, then spend the rest on food, entrance fees etc. In Japan almost all of the transport was going to be covered already by you purchasing the JR Pass. Read more than one remark about hostels, because sometimes a hostel which has had a bad comment isn't too bad at all. Like one of the best hostels I have stayed at anywhere has only got a mid range rating and yet I'd rate it 100% in every rating category. Think of it like this, when you are away you are there to see as much as possible and have a really wicked time, this means that for the most part a hostel weather it costs $1US or $50US is a place you will mainly use for sleeping in and using the amenities, so you will not be there much of the time when you are awake. So as long as the hostel is safe, has got bedding that isn't full of bed bugs (sometimes this can be misleading on hostel booking sites), has got showers that work and is a humane place to stay, then it should be OK. I mean you shouldn't expect a palace if you are paying for a farm house. Be wary of peoples comments on hostel booking sites about them getting bed bugs, because some places I have stayed at have had comments on hostel sites saying hoe they got bed bugs from the place, yet I stayed in the same hostel and had no such thing. Infact I've only ever stayed in one hostel where it had bedbugs crawling all over me and I ended on sleeping in the hall on the lino floor.

For your time in Europe a good way you can save money is to buy a single bed sheet and get it sewn up in the shape of a sleeping bag. This is good in hostels where they expect you to pay extra for bed sheets and will not let you use a sleeping bag (don't bother taking a sleeping bag, because in most places you are not even permitted in the dorm with a sleeping bag in your pocession let alone using it). In Europe I walked a lot infact when I was in Rome I walked almost continuously for between 12 and 14 hours a day basically eating and drinking on the go. Doing this in Europe will save you a lot of money (why I was able to get by most times on 40Euro a day). In Russia I have no idea about the cost for the Trans Siberian ticket, but metro tickets to get around Moscow are dirt cheap, but don't try and fare skip even thoguh the gates appear to be open to go through before inserting a ticket, because they have deadly gates in Russia and all former soviet union countries. If you get too close to the open bit before inserting your ticket, a bar comes down at high speed in a very dangerous height for males if you are slightly facing towards the ticket acceptor area when the bar comes down. Other non metro tickets like ones from Moscow to St Petersburg or vice versa depend on the time you go as to what the cost is.

Prices for attractions vary considerably from place to place, like in Moscow and St Petersburg all the tourist attractions are very pricey. On top of that pricey entry fee you also have to pay for a photo and video taking fee which is quite a bit (if you are sneeky and have your camera attached to your belt, you could normally get in and take a few pictures without paying the photo taking fee, but you'd need to watch out for the ladies usually near pillars and walls that try to blend in with the crowds (do a bad job of it) looking for people without a sticker (says you paid to take photos or video).

How much you spend on food depends a lot on your appetite, if you can stomach drinking supermarket water or tap water every day rather than drinking a more expensive drink or eating supermarket food instead of out at a restaurant everynight. I didn't eat out ever in my whole trip away the closest I got to that was take away at McDonalds because I was always on the go and wanted to save money where ever I possibly could, because where you can save a bit on a luxury ie a drink at the bar etc well that is a little bit of extra money you can put towards doing something you can not do back home.

I almost always stayed in the cheapest hostels mentioned on hostelbooking sites as long as it didn't have many bad remarks. Apart from two hostels I stayed at which were the hostels from hell (one of which some people on this site/the Asia forum recommend to people), they were liveable. Except when availability was low, I'd book a night or two and then see what it was like when I got there and then extend my stay or move to another hostel. So don't always go for the high end hostels (especially the HI or YHA hostels). Althought the HI and YHA hostels are usually the best quality ones, they are almost always the most or close to the most expensive, they are always the less sociable ones that attract an older client base and regularly are in bad areas or a long way from the centre where you want to be.
In Moscow, Sweet Moscow hostel was good quality and in a great location. In St Petersburg, Nord hostel was in a perfect location and was reasonable quality. Those two were both in the upper price bracket for Moscow and St Petersburg, but you may get a good deal on hostelworld if you book Nord Hostel through there. I paid the equivalent of 13 Euro a night which made it one of the cheaper if not the cheapest hostel in St Petersburg and the few people I asked in my room had paid the equivalent of 24 Euro a night (the walk in/rack rate).

You don't want to plan too much, just save wheer you can and stay in the low-mid price range hostels as long as it doesn't have many remarks that put it down in a bad way.

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 23, 2007, at 5:46 PM by aharrold45 ]

24. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 9y

For Japan budgetting info, try this website.
I'm using it and others to plan my Japan trip in September.
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2410.html

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