Budget advice for first time traveller

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1. Posted by jonstarnes (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hello, I know this kind of question gets posted a lot on here but any personal help would be much appreciated!!

I'm going travelling 1st of March for 5 months with 2 mates to Japan (1 week), Thailand ( 1 month), Australia (6/8weeks), New Zealand (4/6 weeks), Fiji (2 weeks) and America (2 weeks) I think I'm going to have around £4500 to take (I've paid for Flights, Travel Insurance, Oz Experience, Accommodation in Japan, Japanese rail pass and a few nights in Bangkok).

Going by some figures on various I'll spend about £210 in Japan, £360 in Thailand, £800 in Australia, £640 in New Zealand, £260 in Fiji and £420 in America on basic living (accommodation and food) altogether coming to around £2690. That leaves me with around 2k to spend on fun activities such as drinking, diving, jumping out of a plane (pretty much every extreme sport in New Zealand) etc and some form of transport for Thailand and USA (including a flight to New York from San Francisco)

Are my estimates roughly accurate? Will I need more spending money? Am i going to have to come home early? etc

Thanks in advance for any help!

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 27, 2007, at 3:05 AM by jonstarnes ]

2. Posted by koalabear (Full Member 121 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Sounds like your pretty much sorted to be honest, i think you have more then enough spending money. Have a great time, enjoy japan it's a wonderful part of the world

3. Posted by jonstarnes (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

ah ok, thanks for putting my mind at rest! Yeah I'm really looking forward to japan!

4. Posted by AUNTIE1 (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


I am going travelling on 1st March for 5 months as well! My iterinary includes singapore (1 week), Australia (10 weeks), NZ (6/8 weeks), Tahiti (2 weeks) and new york (1 week). I have been trying to work out my budget and my estimates are coming out similar to yours, however, Tahiti is taking up quite alot of my budget. It seems quite expensive there - I hope I have made the right choice!!

Anyway I was really just emailing to say have fun!!! You must be really excited, I know I am.


5. Posted by jonstarnes (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

ah right seems we're going to be in New Zealand and New York roughly the same time! If you see 3 young chaps travelling around in this http://www.escaperentals.co.nz/vans/Love_Peace.asp in New Zealand that'll be me!! Yeah I'm really excited, although right now i think i'm more excited about finishing at tesco!

6. Posted by pinkgirlie (Full Member 121 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

It's so cool to hear other people are leaving on the same day as me and my boyfriend! We also fly on the 1st March. We're seeing Singapore (3 days), Australia (7 weeks), NZ (5 weeks), Fiji (8 days) and USA (5 weeks).

We think we'll have around £8k between the two of us, so hopefully we'll be ok. It sounds like we're all working on similar figures, so that's reassuring!

7. Posted by jonstarnes (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Yeah I'm glad people are going with roughly the same amount as me coz the people I'm going with have got over a grand more than me and that was starting to worry me a bit!!

8. Posted by Darren7 (Budding Member 63 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Would it be possible if you guys could give me more or less the same help? On a bit of a tight budget for a 6 month RTW from Nov 07. I've posted my route on another thread, but just to confirm, its

SE Asia - 5/6 weeks - travelling up from Singapore to BKK, and then from there more than likely head to Hanoi via internal flight (had some excellent advice from Aharrold - thanks), and then will make my way down east Vietnam coast, into Cambodia to phnom penh. i'll take 2 days heading up to siem reap and back to PP, and then down to Sihanoukville for 2 days and back to PP. flight back to BKK where i'll then fly to Perth

Oz - 2 months, mostly just sightseeing, and a bit of beach-bum type living - wont be doing any sky diving, bungeeing or anything extreme, so the budget will still be small. final destination is Sydney.

NZ - 1 month from Christchurch to Auckland

Fiji/San Francisco/New York (flying between each) will be for about 5 weeks altogether.

so, the big question is, what do you guys reckon for budget? I've seen in loadsa places on this site threads discussing budgeting, but getting confusing info.

Any advice would be brilliant. Thank you. Even from anyone that is planning their trip, could you let me know what you guys are forecasting? Again, thanks.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 31, 2007, at 4:48 PM by Darren7 ]

9. Posted by jonstarnes (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Someone told me that from their experience for basic living (Food and Accommodation) cost them about £12 a day in Thailand, £20 a day in Australia, £20 a day in New Zealand, £15 a day in Fiji and £30 a day in the USA.

So by that i reckon about
£420 for basic living in Asia
£1120 for Oz
£560 for New Zealand
then £700- £1050 for Fiji/America
I think those figures are worst case though..

I don’t know how much transport is for Asia but should be pretty cheap for Oz we're paying about £200 for a free bus pass I think from Melbourne to Cairns, in NZ we're hiring a campervan between 3 of us which will come to about £300 each for about 32 days, and in the US I think a plane from SF to NY is about £100ish, we're pretty much doing the exact same as you but we're going to Japan 1st!

And I reckon your RTW plane ticket will be roughly £1000 and Visas about £20..

However I've not been travelling yet so might be miles off and did all my bookings of things through STA so prob got horrendously ripped off!

10. Posted by Darren7 (Budding Member 63 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

JON - first of all thank you very much for taking the time to do that for me. Sounds like your doing my desired route - I would love to see Japan, but with tight budget, I chose the cheapest route possible! My ticket was £846 plus taxes, unfortunately the taxes were over £400! Near s**t myself when i was told, but hey, its gotta be done! I checked STA travel and Trailfinders, and both were charging the same amount for the same ticket.

Can any of the experienced travellers help? Aharrold has been amazing help so far (what a guy), so trying not to bug him all the time! Can any of you other itchey-footed people help too ? Just to see if theres a big difference between what Jon's suggested and to what the 'been there-done that' ones might say.

Any response at all would be great