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6 months Traveling on a 3k Budget is it possible?

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1. Posted by Dauce (Budding Member, 66 posts) 29 Apr '09 08:23

Hey guys,

just looking for advice do you reckon that 3k will be enough for 6 months worth of traveling,

calling at such places as Thailand (venturing to laos, Vietnam and cambodia poss), OZ, NZ, Central America, South America. not sure if i will be working when im out there as yet but any input would be amazing

Cheers

Dave

p.s i should be leaving in October unsure as to what the climate will be like along the way yet lol

2. Posted by Annie0 (Full Member, 127 posts) 29 Apr '09 09:41

Quoting Dauce

Hey guys,

just looking for advice do you reckon that 3k will be enough for 6 months worth of traveling,

calling at such places as Thailand (venturing to laos, Vietnam and cambodia poss), OZ, NZ, Central America, South America. not sure if i will be working when im out there as yet but any input would be amazing

Cheers

Dave

p.s i should be leaving in October unsure as to what the climate will be like along the way yet lol

Hi Dave I plan to go in October China, vietnam, cambodia, Loas, Thailand and India peps on the site say to budget 1000 a month though i say it depends on what u want to do, the kind of accommodation you want to stay in!! Im tryin to save save save esp for the unexpected!

3. Posted by Dauce (Budding Member, 66 posts) 29 Apr '09 10:49

tell me about it, im trying to do save as much and sell everything else haha and im prob gonna be staying places as cheap cheap as poss and with friends wherever poss i.e OZ and hopefully NZ.

things that suck are that ive got a loan to my grandfather that i need to keep paying whilst im away which is annoying!

has anyone on here done my kind of itinerary for around this budget or is it pratically impossibe?

cheers

Dave

4. Posted by Clanger (Respected Member, 202 posts) 2 May '09 13:26

I did 9 months travelling through SEAsia, Oz and NZ and only spent £3.5k, which included accommodation, food, drink, and travel, plus a few luxury items. But I don't drink alcohol, and didn't eat in restaurants often (used street vendors), and I stayed in some really basic accommodations...oh and I shared rooms wherever possible.

I did a couple of internal flights, and lots of bus/boat journeys, and had a couple of luxury helicopter flights whilst in NZ....I think if you are frugal with your money and set yourself a realistic spending budget, you should get by just fine on £3k. :)

5. Posted by Clanger (Respected Member, 202 posts) 2 May '09 13:30

I too set off in October, and everywhere apart from Beijing was warm to hot!!! (apart from Vietnam, although I was one step ahead of the wet stuff when I was travelling through)...I got to NZ April time, which was their Autumn, so got some trousers and socks whilst there, as it's soooo cheap!

6. Posted by Annie0 (Full Member, 127 posts) 2 May '09 14:37

Quoting Clanger

I too set off in October, and everywhere apart from Beijing was warm to hot!!! (apart from Vietnam, although I was one step ahead of the wet stuff when I was travelling through)...I got to NZ April time, which was their Autumn, so got some trousers and socks whilst there, as it's soooo cheap!

Hi Clanger

I am planning to go to china starting with Beijing in October what is the weather like? would i need to take jeans and a jumper??

7. Posted by Blinq (Inactive, 341 posts) 3 May '09 10:09

Quoting Dauce

Hey guys,

just looking for advice do you reckon that 3k will be enough for 6 months worth of traveling,

calling at such places as Thailand (venturing to laos, Vietnam and cambodia poss), OZ, NZ, Central America, South America. not sure if i will be working when im out there as yet but any input would be amazing

Cheers

Dave

p.s i should be leaving in October unsure as to what the climate will be like along the way yet lol

Have a look at Couchsurfing. The FAQ link explains how it all works. But since you won't have any accommodation costs, you could probably survive on that sum if your frugal.

Here's a map of the Thai rail network which also includes a timetable and fares: State Railway of Thailand. The main crossing into Laos is via Nong Khai over the Friendship Bridge. The rail link takes you further to the city of Vientiane which is also the capital.

8. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive, 1004 posts) 5 May '09 13:29

Are you meaning 3k as in £'s, $'s or something else??

9. Posted by Blinq (Inactive, 341 posts) 5 May '09 13:35

Quoting Redpaddy

Are you meaning 3k as in £'s, $'s or something else??

Since he lives in the UK (look at his profile), one would assume the currency will be Sterling.

You can update your own Profile by the way via the My Control Panel link at the top of the forum. ;)

10. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive, 1004 posts) 6 May '09 00:35

It's possible - if you're planning to stretch a loaf of bread and slice of meat over a couple of days or more. For sure, places like Laos and Thailand will have beds for a very small fee and the shopping will be cheap too - but not so in Australia or New Zealand. Do you have permits to work in the various countries you mention, or just thinking of getting a bit of illegal?? Not recommended, especially in Australia and New Zealand. They will deport you if you're caught working illegally. That'll be after you've spent some time in a detention centre.
I went to Eastern Europe in 2006 for 4 months. The budget was so tight, but I did it - with cash to spare at the end. However, I didn't have to pay for a bed ans I had my own wheels. So I was able to put the seat back, throw over the sleeping bag and get a free overnight's stay while travelling too. You're biggest expense will be your bed.
It's a real challenge what you've got planned, but worth giving it a go.