Cost Summary of 11 Months RTW

I’ve finally been able to get a cost summary of how much I’ve spent. It would require way too much work to get it broken down by country though. The money took me throughout Asia, Australia, and South America. I know one things for certain, I’ve spent over the intended budget (Usually happens doesn’t it?) and I’m blaming it entirely on Australia and Buenos Aires (had to blame it on something). Though my plans are hardly a plan, originally I was supposed to go to Australia to work a year and then continue traveling after. Something told me however to go visit my family in Buenos Aires, Argentina for Christmas. Without work in Australia, it gets extremely expensive. The one and a half months in Australia put me over budget including the flight from Sydney to Buenos Aires.

Australia - Drive On The Left

ORLY?

A few tips before I begin… If you’re going to bring to a credit card, don’t or limit how you use it no matter how much you think you may need what you’re paying for. Spend your real money. For my next tip: be cautious with your next destination if you’re on a strict budget. Don’t end up in an expensive country with little money then have to pay even more just to get out. That’s where my poor planning murdered me.

I spent a grand total of $19,568.73USD from May 12th till April 7th.

$1,778.97 per month at an average of $60 per day. That’s more than expected for the destinations I’ve been to.

Why so much?

  • Over $800USD for a one way flight from Sydney to Buenos Aires. It was last minute and I wanted to visit family.
  • Canceled a flight (Stupid move) going from Singapore to India and changed it to Australia because I wasn’t feeling well in Singapore. Hospital visits and the works. Instead, I decided to visit a friend in Perth. Though I used Tiger Airways budget airlines, it got me throwing away money.
  • Asia was cheap. I spent very little and did a whole lot. Once I got to Australia, I did very little and spent a whole lot more.
  • I got scammed in Buenos Aires for $630USD on the deposit for my apartment. The landlord blamed me for a leak. I was supposed to get that money the day I left but he said the money was going to go to my Uncle who lives in Buenos Aires then to route to me and not to worry. That same day I was leaving for Salta up north and I actually trusted him including my Uncle. Well, in summary, he ran with my money and is now saying the leak was my fault. How’s a pipe breaking my fault? It’s his apartment, not mine – I only rented it. Bastard.
  • I lived in Buenos Aires as my home base with an apartment for 4 months. I made frequent trips though to all the places around it. Somehow living there, I actually spent more than intended. Big cities can do that.
  • Camera broke and I bought a new one for $300 in Sydney. Eventually that broke as well.
  • Since I used my credit card a few months in, I started having to pay that per month. Not fun.

Though I could have done it cheaper, everything couldn’t have fallen more into place. It seemed as if someone up there was guiding me along to meet unforgettable people, eat delicious food, and see unbelievable sights. Everything was meant to be. Do I regret anything? Nope…

Coming up is where I spent that nice total of $19,568.73USD.

29 Comments

  1. Nick Laborde on July 25, 2010 at 10:16 am

    That’s not bad for 11 months, my goal is to keep my budget at about $15,000 for a year. I don’t know how realistic that is, I guess that depends on where I go and how long I stay at each place.

    • Michael on July 28, 2010 at 10:12 am

      What’s on your itinerary?

      • Nick Laborde on July 28, 2010 at 10:42 am

        I’m not sure yet, probably a lot of the typical stops in southeast Asia, Australia and Europe. I know Southeast Asia is much more budget friendly then Europe and Australia.

        I don’t plan on mapping out the whole trip, probably the first couple of Places I’ll plan for but after that I just want to go with the flow. Tentatively, I am leaving next March, so I’m sure that will effect where I go at what time, due to climates.

  2. Nick Laborde on July 25, 2010 at 11:16 am

    That’s not bad for 11 months, my goal is to keep my budget at about $15,000 for a year. I don’t know how realistic that is, I guess that depends on where I go and how long I stay at each place.

    • Michael on July 28, 2010 at 11:12 am

      What’s on your itinerary?

      • Nick Laborde on July 28, 2010 at 11:42 am

        I’m not sure yet, probably a lot of the typical stops in southeast Asia, Australia and Europe. I know Southeast Asia is much more budget friendly then Europe and Australia.

        I don’t plan on mapping out the whole trip, probably the first couple of Places I’ll plan for but after that I just want to go with the flow. Tentatively, I am leaving next March, so I’m sure that will effect where I go at what time, due to climates.

  3. Andi Perullo on July 25, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Never regret a dime you spend on traveling. The experiences are absolutely priceless.

  4. Andi Perullo on July 25, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Never regret a dime you spend on traveling. The experiences are absolutely priceless.

  5. hildergarn lezcano on July 26, 2010 at 12:52 am

    From stupid moves we learned for the future.

  6. Osvaldo on July 26, 2010 at 1:52 am

    From stupid moves we learned for the future.

  7. [email protected] on July 28, 2010 at 7:24 am

    I think that’s no bad at all! I reckon we are somewhere around that figure too for our almost year-long RTW trip but I haven’t got the time yet to work it out…or maybe I am only scared to find it out eh eh

    • Michael on July 28, 2010 at 10:10 am

      About $20,000usd seems common for most RTW. Would be interesting to see yours. Let me know when you got that part figured out.

  8. [email protected] on July 28, 2010 at 8:24 am

    I think that’s no bad at all! I reckon we are somewhere around that figure too for our almost year-long RTW trip but I haven’t got the time yet to work it out…or maybe I am only scared to find it out eh eh

    • Michael on July 28, 2010 at 11:10 am

      About $20,000usd seems common for most RTW. Would be interesting to see yours. Let me know when you got that part figured out.

  9. Robert Cooke on August 22, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    That makes me happy. I’m looking to do similar trip in terms of time frame and destinations and have little bit more so thinking I can do this 🙂

    • Michael on August 23, 2010 at 9:42 am

      Good good. Glad this post helped. 🙂

  10. Robert Cooke on August 22, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    That makes me happy. I’m looking to do similar trip in terms of time frame and destinations and have little bit more so thinking I can do this 🙂

    • Michael on August 23, 2010 at 10:42 am

      Good good. Glad this post helped. 🙂

  11. Priyank on December 30, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Hi Michael,
    That’s not bad actually, I’m sure the experiences were invaluable, and by sharing it you are enriching the value for others.
    Thanks, Priyank

  12. Priyank on December 30, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Hi Michael,
    That’s not bad actually, I’m sure the experiences were invaluable, and by sharing it you are enriching the value for others.
    Thanks, Priyank

  13. Odysseus on March 1, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Nearly every RTW-for-a-year budget I’ve heard of cost $20,000, more or less, so you’re right on target.

  14. Odysseus on March 1, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    Nearly every RTW-for-a-year budget I’ve heard of cost $20,000, more or less, so you’re right on target.

  15. Kevin on March 2, 2011 at 4:00 am

    I expected it to work out cheaper. I have heard of people doing it for about 10k but I guess it depends on what you want to do and where you want to go .Is Buenas Aires generally an expensive place to live. I read a book “4 hour work week” that said it was very cheap but I have friends who say otherwise.

    • Michael on March 2, 2011 at 4:53 am

      Buenos Aires could have been cheaper if I had stayed outside of the city. I decided to stay more in the center of the city. Food is generally cheap though. If you stay outside of the city, you could get a house for the price I paid.

      10k is possible but it likely means skipping out on a lot of activities and foods. Not my style really.

  16. Kevin on March 2, 2011 at 5:00 am

    I expected it to work out cheaper. I have heard of people doing it for about 10k but I guess it depends on what you want to do and where you want to go .Is Buenas Aires generally an expensive place to live. I read a book “4 hour work week” that said it was very cheap but I have friends who say otherwise.

    • Michael on March 2, 2011 at 5:53 am

      Buenos Aires could have been cheaper if I had stayed outside of the city. I decided to stay more in the center of the city. Food is generally cheap though. If you stay outside of the city, you could get a house for the price I paid.

      10k is possible but it likely means skipping out on a lot of activities and foods. Not my style really.

  17. Dustin Brett on January 9, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Just to give another example of costs, I have been traveling for 10 months (314 days) and it has cost me $13,046.13 CAD ($41.59 per day). I have a list of every city I went to and what I did on my blog (http://dustinbrett.com) but here is a list of the countries I have visited on this trip if anyone is interested.

    Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland (Republic of), Israel, Italy, Jordan, Luxembourg, Moldova, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, Vatican, Wales

  18. Dustin Brett on January 9, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Just to give another example of costs, I have been traveling for 10 months (314 days) and it has cost me $13,046.13 CAD ($41.59 per day). I have a list of every city I went to and what I did on my blog (http://dustinbrett.com) but here is a list of the countries I have visited on this trip if anyone is interested.

    Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland (Republic of), Israel, Italy, Jordan, Luxembourg, Moldova, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, Vatican, Wales

  19. K.E. on December 28, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    good job on your trip! checking out blogs because I’m exploring the idea of an around the world trip myself!

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