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1. Posted by Gemhen (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Hi everyone

My husband and I embark on our RTW trip on 21st September.
Unfortunatley we haven't been able to save quite as much as we would have hoped. We travel for 7 months. We've paid for our insurance, tickets and an intepid trip for 17 days in September. We travel to South America, NZ, Aus, South East Asia.
We have saved £7k to take with us. Whilst in NZ we'll stay entirely with friends and family in the north ad south island.
We'll be hostelling, dorming and generally not having luxuries. We'll have a small income (£100 ish a month) from our flat rental back home.

Do you think we'll survive, or end up home early?!

2. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 7y

Thats the same route i did pretty much with my girlfriend. We took £7K as well but worked for 8 months out of the year in Australia. So 7K lasted us 4 months.

We did hostels and dorms and cheap food so you might be leaving yourself a little short there

[ Edit: Edited on 11-Sep-2009, at 05:21 by HafJafMark ]

3. Posted by Gemhen (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

maybe we'll get some work in Aus!?

4. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 7y

It would really depend on how long you spend in each of those areas. When I was in Cambodia a few years ago I stayed at a guesthouse in Phnom Penh and it cost me $2USD a night! It's most likely risen in price since then but probably $5USD or something a night for the same very basic room. A bungalow 20 metres from the beach only cost $5USD a night but all this was for one person. Australia will cost a lot and New Zealand will unless you basically do nothing your whole time and stay with the family.

I did a more extensive route than yours and included a lot of expensive places including Japan, a fair bit of Europe and North America for 7 months and went through about the sort of money you are talking about and that was for only one person living it very cheap. Most people would not have stretched the money as far as I did simply because they would go out getting pissed every so often and I didn't go out getting drunk or even drink a single glass of alcohol the whole time I was away. I didn't work anywhere whilst I was away either, but did have a really great time. Seeing you have two travelling on that sort of money I think you are going to find yourself coming home early or working. If you don't have a working holiday visa or an Australian passport then working in Australia will be illegal and if you can get anything you will not be getting paid a great deal.

100ish pounds a month extra is not going to last you more than a few days in Australia if you have any sort of fun. Having said that 100ish pounds a month in South East Asia could get you a fair bit if you lived it cheaply.