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Just gimme the cash!


Below is a cost summary for the trip. Figures are in Canadian Dollars. For each country, I have listed the amount we spent in that country, the number of days we were there, and the daily cost per person. The daily cost includes such things as accommodation, food, local transportation, local flights, any activities or entry fees, and the purchase of items for day to day living. Obviously, the daily cost in any given country is lower for countries where we spent more time, but this does give you an idea of relative costs in each country. It's safe to say that we under budgeted! We should have listened more to the old backpacker's first rule - "Cut the stuff in your pack in half, and double your money". (...like that would have been possible anyway!)

In Australia (mainly the second and third time there), France, and Switzerland, the costs are skewed low because of the time we spent staying with friends and family. I have also added, at the end, the costs associated with the major flights and European rail passes we needed as part of the trip.

Keep in mind as well that in some countries we took organized tours (which skews the cost high), and in others we did not. The reason for this was two fold. First, we wanted to mix things up a bit between independent travel and organized (supported) travel. Generally, we took budget or backpacker tours. In some countries, we were able to hire a guide and driver because the costs were reasonable (most notably India and Myanmar) to remove the "hassle" factor. These countries would be even less costly if one was to travel independently, but you would require more time because of the difficulties with infrastructure. Some places like Tibet and Russia (for the trans Siberian rail journey) were very expensive because of the high degree of regulation and the difficulty in getting in without being on an organized tour.

As a very general rule for those of you out there planning a longer, multi country journey, the costs are about $100 CDN per day per person in say 2006. Inflate that by a couple of percentage points per year - and you've probably got a good number for budgeting. Another way to think about it is say about $36,000 per year per person in 2006. If you want to kick back on the beaches and stay out for months and months on as little cash as possible, head for South East Asia. If on the other hand your time is shorter and you want to blow at high dough and keep comfort levels higher, head for Europe. Somewhere in between are trips to the South Pacific and Australia/New Zealand, or South America. Africa is a special case where you have to be prepared for just about anything (including higher costs). A trip to Africa requires the most planning and preparation.

FIJI

Dollars Spent $1612.74

Days in Country 13

Cost per day $66.25

NEW ZEALAND

Dollars Spent $5103.85

Days in Country 32

Cost per day $79.75

AUSTRALIA

Dollars Spent $5960.00

Days in Country 32

Cost per day $93.12

INDONESIA

Dollars Spent $1146.00

Days in Country 20

Cost per day $28.65

MALAYSIA

Dollars Spent $614.04

Days in Country 10

Cost per day $30.70

INDIA

Dollars Spent $2755.14

Days in Country 29

Cost per day $47.50

THAILAND

Dollars Spent $2508.79

Days in Country 20

Cost per day $62.72

TIBET

Dollars Spent $4743.79

Days in Country 14

Cost per day $169.41

NEPAL

Dollars Spent $2459.42

Days in Country 25

Cost per day $49.19

THAILAND 2

Dollars Spent $894.18

Days in Country 12

Cost per day $37.25

MYANMAR

Dollars Spent $2150.40

Days in Country 12

Cost per day $89.60

LAOS

Dollars Spent $285.15

Days in Country 5

Cost per day $28.52

AUSTRALIA 2

Dollars Spent $629.73

Days in Country 8

Cost per day $39.36

CAMBODIA

Dollars Spent $505.01

Days in Country 6

Cost per day $42.08

VIETNAM

Dollars Spent $808.17

Days in Country 18

Cost per day $22.45

CHINA

Dollars Spent $5687.24

Days in Country 26

Cost per day $109.37

MONGOLIA

Dollars Spent $1399.60

Days in Country 4

Cost per day $174.95

RUSSIA

Dollars Spent $4911.46

Days in Country 14

Cost per day $175.41

POLAND

Dollars Spent $586.00

Days in Country 6

Cost per day $48.23

CZECH REPUBLIC

Dollars Spent $581.47

Days in Country 5

Cost per day $58.15

AUSTRIA

Dollars Spent $664.51

Days in Country 5

Cost per day $66.45

HUNGARY

Dollars Spent $365.71

Days in Country 4

Cost per day $45.71

ROMANIA

Dollars Spent $453.17

Days in Country 6

Cost per day $37.76

BULGARIA

Dollars Spent $538.58

Days in Country 7

Cost per day $38.47

TURKEY

Dollars Spent $571.35

Days in Country 6

Cost per day $47.61

GREECE

Dollars Spent $1520.89

Days in Country 7

Cost per day $108.64

ITALY

Dollars Spent $3078.43

Days in Country 17

Cost per day $90.54

FRANCE

Dollars Spent $1765.22

Days in Country 15

Cost per day $58.84

SPAIN

Dollars Spent $1568.04

Days in Country 9

Cost per day $87.11

PORTUGAL

Dollars Spent $649.09

Days in Country 5

Cost per day $64.91

IRELAND

Dollars Spent $454.75

Days in Country 2

Cost per day $113.69

SWITZERLAND

Dollars Spent $468.81

Days in Country 6

Cost per day $39.07

GERMANY

Dollars Spent $424.92

Days in Country 2

Cost per day $106.23

EGYPT

Dollars Spent $2738.69

Days in Country 13

Cost per day $105.33

JORDAN

Dollars Spent $1677.24

Days in Country 8

Cost per day $104.83

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Dollars Spent $328.56

Days in Country 1

Cost per day $164.28

KENYA

Dollars Spent $1003.35

Days in Country 4

Cost per day $125.42

TANZANIA

Dollars Spent $3046.08

Days in Country 12

Cost per day $126.92

ZAMBIA

Dollars Spent $1246.28

Days in Country 8

Cost per day $77.89

AUSTRALIA 3

Dollars Spent $1192.38

Days in Country 19

Cost per day $31.38

SOUTH AFRICA

Dollars Spent $516.8

Days in Country 4

Cost per day $64.60

ARGENTINA

Dollars Spent $706.80

Days in Country 8

Cost per day $44.18

CHILE

Dollars Spent $1203.33

Days in Country 11

Cost per day $54.70

BOLIVIA

Dollars Spent $758.34

Days in Country 12

Cost per day $31.60

PERU

Dollars Spent $1099.03

Days in Country 10

Cost per day $54.95

ECUADOR

Dollars Spent $5371.09

Days in Country 15

Cost per day $179.03

TOTAL DAILY COSTS $78,752.87

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS


Canada - Fiji - New Zealand Free on Aeroplan

New Zealand - Australia $607.76

Australia - Indonesia $1035.09

Indonesia - Malaysia $149.25

Malaysia - India $856.31

India - Thailand $556.31

Thailand - Nepal Return $820.00

Thailand - Myanmar Return $546.86

Thailand-Laos Return $546.86

Thailand-Australia Return $1624.24

Thailand - Cambodia $285.91

Cambodia - Vietnam $285.91

St Petersburg - Poland $376.00

Faro - Dublin $109.08

Dublin- Friedrichshaffen $215.05

Munich - Cairo $426.00

Amman - UAE - Nairobi $1245.00

Livingstone - Melbourne $2102.00

Melbourne - Cape Town $2101.02

Cape Town - Buenos Aries $1685.11

Buenos Aries - Iguazzu - El Calafate $829.07

Punta Arenas - Calama $1142.06

Cusco - Cuenca $796.47

Quito - Montreal - Vancouver $2200.00

TOTAL COSTS OF MAJOR FLIGHTS $20,541.26

EURPOEAN RAIL PASSES $3000.81

GRAND TOTAL COST OF THE TRIP $102,294.94

BUDGET $80,200

PERCENT OVER BUDGET 27.5%

OVERALL FOR THE TRIP

DAYS AWAY 525 (approximately 18 months)

MONTHLY COSTS $5683

DAILY COST PER PERSON $97.42




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