• Costs

    7 Budgeting Tips for Long-Term Travel

    Long-term travel is a dream come true, but budgeting for it is a significant undertaking. When you’re budgeting for long-term travel, you have to have a plan for how much money you need, and a plan for when you get home. These budgeting tips for long-term travel are here to help you make sure you don’t get into a budget bind while you’re abroad. See how much I spent on my four-month round the world trip. 1. Plan Your Budget by Day By City or Country Before you leave for your trip, it’s a good idea to build a spreadsheet with the places you think you’ll go, and a rough…

  • Costs,  General Travel

    My Round-The-World Trip: By the Numbers

    So many people have questions about this stuff – so here goes: the trip by the numbers! If I’ve left any out you’re curious about, just let me know! Days: 120 Countries: 15 Canada, the Philippines, Cambodia, Myanmar, India, Jordan, Egypt, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Croatia, Italy, France, & the United Kingdom Cost: $13,975.64 See the full details in this post.

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    Spreadsheeting: How Much I Spent On My Four-Month Trip Around the World

    I can’t believe we finally made it to this post, but it’s here! The total tally of what I spent on my trip around the world. My original budget was for 109 days in 11 countries, and the trip was a total of 120 days in 15 countries. Nothing like flexibility along the way, right? So, are you ready for the final number? In 120 days around the world, I spent $13,975.64. (WOOHOO Under $14,000!!) How did that work out?

  • Costs,  United Kingdom

    Spreadsheeting: How Much I Spent in London

    I ultimately decided to go to London on a pure basis of flight prices: flights out of Rome were expensive and all had crazy layovers, so I looked elsewhere to leave the continent. And I found an awesome flight from London to Ft Lauderdale, which meant I had a few days to enjoy London! In all, in 2.5 days in London, I spent $384.66. How did that work out?

  • Costs,  Italy

    Spreadsheeting: How Much I Spent in Italy

    For a country that I’d originally planned to spend a week in, I got somewhat “lost” in the amazingness that is Italy on this trip. It’s the country I spent the longest time in – over three weeks! And every single day was amazing! (Yes, even the days I was laid up with a bad back!) In all, in 22 days in Italy, I spent $2702.82. How did that work out?

  • Costs,  Italy

    Spreadsheeting: How Much I Spent in Central Italy (Venice, Florence, Pisa, Siena, and Rome)

    Early on in my trip, my mom decided she’d be spending the last week of my trip with me in Italy, visiting Venice, Florence and Rome. I was looking forward to this for almost the whole trip! My mom is great at joining me in the search for economical travel (and was an excellent sport!), so we tried to do the best at seeing as much as we could, but economically! In all, in 8 days through Central Italy, I spent $1,144.45. How did that work out?

  • Costs,  Italy

    Spreadsheeting: How Much I Spent in Lake Como, Italy

    As part of the three-part “How Much I Spent in Italy,” this one focuses on how much I spent spending a week in Lecco, on the shores of Lake Como. One thing that kept these costs lower than they might have been is that I threw my back out and didn’t get out of bed for two days – that certainly kept the “activities” costs down! In all, in 7 days in Lake Como, I spent $672.05. How did that work out?

  • Costs,  France

    Spreadsheeting: How Much I Spent in France

    Oh, France! France made me decide that my new “I really really love you” is going to be to tell people that I love them more than all the bread and cheese in France! It was a wonderful week, with lots of good (but simple!) food, and enjoying the great outdoors. In all, in 7 days in France, I spent $913.51. How did that work out?

  • Costs,  Croatia

    Spreadsheeting: How Much I Spent in Croatia

    As per the usual in Europe, Croatia wasn’t on the original plan. So as with everything replacing Nepal, I’d hoped that (maybe) it could come around $50/day. As I researched it more, I realized that wasn’t going to be realistic, so moved my hopes to around $65/day. Online, you find lots of blog posts all talking about what a budget destination Croatia is. That might have been true once upon a time (maybe before Game of Thrones), but it’s not any more. Croatia was every bit as expensive as anywhere else in Europe. You could easily spend the same amount there as in Milan, Rome, or Provence (for example). In…