Wow, our travel expenses this month were HIGH! The crazy part is it would have been even more if we hadn’t had a free place to stay for 12 nights and some of our meals paid for while in China. This is our most expensive month since leaving Australia back in January. We were extremely caught off guard with the prices in China; items like taxis and hotels as well as activities were comparable to western prices.
Our most expensive area this month was transportation. We took 5 flights this month starting with a flight from Hanoi, Vietnam to Hong Kong on May 1st. We took 2 short flights while in China and then a longer flight from Lijiang, China to Hong Kong and finally a VERY long flight from Hong Kong to Rome, Italy via Moscow. We also had several long bus trips while in China and a train from Rome to Pompeii on the last day of the month. Taxis to and from the airports in China were a huge expense and ranged from $20 USD to $60 USD. We also had a driver pick us up from the airport in Rome since we arrived so late and very tired, this was a cost over $60USD.
Accommodations were hard to find in China due to two things. One was that very few places took an international credit card and its hard to pull out enough cash from an ATM there. The other was the lack of English spoken, which is fine since we are in a foreign country, but we tried to find places where English was spoken so we could get some tips on the area. The accommodations were also very pricey and a typical room in an area with in walking distance to towns and restaurants was often just under $100 a night. This was hard to take after coming from SE Asia where really nice rooms ranged from $20-40 USD! We also have 3 nights in Rome and 1 nights in an apartment in Pompeii in this months expenses.
We really didn’t feel like we ate much in China, but our costs sure don’t reflect that! Meals appeared to be fairly cheap ($4-6 USD) for a dinner, per person in a Chinese restaurant with a Chinese menu. But in a restaurant with an English menu or Western food you were looking at $6-10 per person. Unfortunately with Simone being a vegetarian we couldn’t just go into a restaurant and point to something on the menu with no idea as to what was going to come out. We splurged a bit when we arrived in Hong Kong eating dinner in the hotel and ordering room service before leaving in the morning!
We did a few activities with the most expensive being our day trip while in Shangri La, China. Well worth the money for a great day. Jason did a private bike tour in Yangshuo and we also kayaked while we were there. When we arrived in Rome we paid $20 Euro each to enter the Vatican Museums and skip the line, not sure it was worth it, but we can say we’ve been!
We are now into what we assumed would be the expensive leg of our trip, Europe. We will see how we do surrounded by all this good food and wine!
May’s daily total was $165.50 and was really high based mostly on all those flights.
|Transportation (5 Flights, buses, taxis, train)||
|Accomodations (Hotel 18 nights, 1 night air b&b)||
|Food and Drinks||
|Souvenirs (Ornament, Book)||
|Necessities (Laundry, Plug, Razor)||
|Activities (Bike tour, Kayaking, Day trip, Vatican)||