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1. Posted by SwissGilly (Budding Member 21 posts) 8y

I realise there are lots of people asking about budgets, but most of these include Oz, NZ, the US and so it really doesn't apply to me. I am going on really low budget, and heading to mostly low budget areas....

I will be working every now and then, woofing, volunteering etc. but would still like to know if i am throwing myself into a dangerous situation leaving with the money i have saved.

3 months from Senegal to Lagos
3 months Mumbai to New Dehli (down and around)
4 months Borneo to Hanoi

then may be flying to Chile... expensive ..yes.

Is flying to south america on a RTW what makes it more expensive??

so how much money... i counted roughly £400 month... don't think i'll be doing bungee jumps or 5 star hotels...

any real life experiences, stories.

2. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

Public Transport in West Africa is relatively cheap, as is local food. But accommodation can set you back a fare wack. It also varies greatly even in the same town. But compared to West Europe it's still low. For single rooms and at least one decent meal a day plus local meals it will cost you 20 -25 Euro. Though that will spike to 35 or more some capitals and if you do not know how to bargain, or again if you don't carry the language. You will manage on less in some areas though, much much less.

India. 15 Euro a day is what I was doing staying in hostels and getting some sites done. I was spending 4 Euro for accommodation and eating too much on that.

Not been to those places in SEA, but in others in that area 15 Euro a day again, or less.

Yes a flight to Chile will cost. I was looking at flight from SEA to S America too. The cheapest option I found was taking a flight to Germany and then to Brazil. I can't remember the specifics but it was around 1200 USD in total.

I budget on the high side of things usually. Your 400 pounds will see you fine. Just break it into daily expenditure and don't go over. Some days you will barely spend a thing, then others you'll hit the average.

3. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 8y

Quoting SwissGilly

Is flying to south america on a RTW what makes it more expensive??

A flight to South America regardless whether it be on a rtw ticket or not is very expensive. If you include South America but are wanting to go to other regions, it is far cheaper in most instances to purchase a rtw ticket. I was looking to get a return flight Sydney-Ushuaia in Southern Argentina and that was going to cost close to $4000AUD when I looked 6 months ago. In the end I purchased a RTW ticket which had me fly Sydney-Johannesburg overland to Victoria Falls-Madrid-Buenos Aires-El Calafate-Ushuaia overland to Punta Arenas - Santiago-Sydney and including taxes it cost me less than a return Sydney - Ushuaia flight! Some people may consider it to be a big pain to do all that travel mainly with the whole purpose of getting to Ushuaia, but I think it is a lot better adventure letting me see many things that I planned to in future trips and it gives me a chance to go to a few different cultures rather than one.

I'm not too good with conversion to GBP, but I was going through around $20US a day most days in India and South East Asia. I haven't been to Borneo but heard that it is a bit more expensive than most other areas of South East Asia. West Africa so I can't comment for expenses there. I was living very cheap but not going without visiting all the things that a tourist does in the places i went. Some days I was getting by on less and other days more but when averaged out it was about $20US a day but this was in 2006 so prices have probably increased a little bit since then seeing petrol prices have almost doubled.

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 16, 2008, at 3:31 AM by aharrold45 ]

4. Posted by SwissGilly (Budding Member 21 posts) 8y

ok thanks alot for the advice, I fear i may have to leave S America out, it will just blow my budget!i guess it silly to try to literally do the entire world in 12 months...
as for the budget i'm sticking to 15-20$ a day on average and will just have to beg if thats not enough!or have you got any tips of places you've been where you can work for food and bed?

Hopefully i set out in November.
good day to you all:)