We decided to track our RTW expenses, not just to help stay within our budget but also to help others in planning for a Round The World trip. When we began saving and planning it was hard to find comprehensive expense lists. We found lots of sites and blogs saying that you could travel round the world from 20,000 a year to 100,000 a year, that’s a pretty wide range.
It’s important to understand a little about the type of travelers we are when looking at our expenses. We are a couple in our 30’s that like to be outdoors, enjoy eating (and good beer), and scour local guides for free and low cost activities! We are not budget backpackers and are not likely to stay in a dorm, but we are definitely budget conscious and try to find the best deals possible while maintaining a level of comfort!
We have decided to start tracking our RTW expenses in month 2 of our travels since our first month consisted of an Alaskan cruise and some non-typical splurges in Fiji. September started with 1 night in a hotel as well as the last 2 days of a economy car rental, then moved into housesitting for the remainder of the month. Our transportation costs this month were mainly fuel for the rental car and the car we were using while housesitting. Our food was our highest category, but less than we spend at home. We ate 95% of our meals at home this month, had we eaten out our costs would have increased substantially. We decided to break alcohol into its own category only because it is an expense that not everyone may incur. We are not big drinkers although it may look like it from this figure! This month contains several bottles of wine, some of which were shared at dinner parties and a few pints from the local pub! We also purchased a few necessities like shampoo and conditioner. Since we are traveling with only carry on luggage we only had travel size bottles until now. The only paid attraction this month was the Craters of the Moon park in Taupo, everything else we did was FREE!
Take a look and let us know if you have any questions. I have a feeling this will be our cheapest month for a while! ***All figures have been converted to US Dollars.
|Transportation (Rental car, Gas, Parking)||
|Accommodations (1 night motel)||
|Other (Postcards and stamps)||
|Necessities (Toiletries, Map)||
|Activities (Entry Fee Craters of the Moon)||
September’s grand total $1264.45 or 42.15 a day!