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1. Posted by LucyWells7 (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hi :)

Me and my boyfriend are wanting to travel south east Asia, New Zealand and Australia for three months the end of next year. I'm new to all this and although I've read up a lot on how much people recommend to take I'm still not 100% convinced. We are wanting to do it all for £12,000 between us. This is for everything! We want to experience as much as we can so realistically is that budget okay for the both of us?

Also if anyone has recommendations on places to visit please do let me know!

Thankyou 😊

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5163 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

For that money, you could nearly stay the entire three months in Australia backpacker-style, and still be fine. New Zealand is about 10% cheaper than Australia, and SE Asia could be 50% cheaper, depending on country, so that gives you quite a bit of leeway for various tours, activities, eating out, etc.

Now, this doesn't mean you don't need to budget and watch your expenses. I've seen people blow through such a budget in 6 weeks flat, without ever really feeling that they were splurging. But if you stay in hostels in Australia and New Zealand (private room should be doable), mostly cook your own meals, and keep a weather-eye on just how much you're actually spending, I don't think you'll have any trouble whatsoever staying within budget.

New Zealand is my favorite country out there, and I really like Australia as well. I'm sure you'll have an amazing time!

3. Posted by LucyWells7 (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for your reply! Really useful to get someone's opinion whose actually done it!!

I've seen packages such as the kiwi you think it's worth doing something like that? Or is it cheaper sorting transport out yourself. I've heard from friends who have been that se Asia is very's just Australia and New Zealand I worried about in terms of transport etc.

I'm hoping to get more saved than the budget above but that would be the minimum. I don't want to get there and not regret not be able to do something!


4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5163 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

It's definitely cheaper to arrange transport yourself. For New Zealand, InterCity busses go everywhere you'd want to go, daily and have various passes which help cut costs, though occasional supersaver fares are cheaper still than the passes, and naked bus and various other more regional alternatives can also be cheaper, if you're willing to put in the time to work it all out. Or alternatively, you could opt for the extra freedom a rental car gives you. With two people, renting from some of the cheaper local companies, it's not that much more expensive (probably about the same as the kiwi experience).

I'm personally not a fan of the kiwi experience. I travelled with them for three days, and found them to be very much a tour bus, with way too much upselling for activities (which they get a kickback for). Also not my type of crowd on there, with a heavy emphasis on partying.

The situation in Australia is similar, except that there oz experience was recently bought by greyhound (the big national bus company), and so now is just the name for a type of pass with various tour-like activities included. There's again more regional alternatives (like firefly) which can work out cheaper on the stretches they frequent.

5. Posted by LucyWells7 (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Thank you so much for the advice! Will definitely be checking that out!

I've looked at hiring campervans but need to delve in deeper to how much it would realistically cost.

6. Posted by Tabithag (Full Member 106 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I agree that your budget is definitely OK as long as you aren't looking for luxury. We've just done 13.5 months in SE Asia, Australia and New Zealand, and we spent about £48k for everything including flights, insurance and any new/replacement gear etc.

Allowing for flight costs etc being spread over less time, that makes a similar average budget to yours, and we spent 4 months in Australia (which, with Singapore, was the most expensive country we visited), 2 months in Japan, and upped our standard of accommodation in Asia.

And whilst we travel on a budget (hostels, Airbnb etc) most of the time, we do eat out quite often, and also did a hot air balloon trip, three helicopter trips, splurged on a stay at Uluru, and treated ourselves to good accommodation for Christmas, Birthdays etc. So you should be able to treat yourself sometimes too.

Hope you have a great trip.

7. Posted by LucyWells7 (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

That sounds amazing!!!

I'm hoping to save more so that's a bare minimum really. We'll be staying in hostels and eating local food(ocassionally treating ourselves) as we want to save as much for trips and things.

It's such a massive help to hear from someone that's been and done it themselves!!

I'm a little nervous but very excited! 😊