• 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…

  • Costs,  Hungary

    Spreadsheeting: How Much I Spent in Budapest

    Budapest was another one that was definitely not on the original plan, so I didn’t initially budget for it. But, as I was spending extra time in Europe, it seemed like the perfect city to visit – and it was! It was pretty budget-friendly as far as Europe goes, and it was a beautiful, fun city! In all, in 3 days in Budapest, I spent $264.61. How did that work out?

  • Costs,  Romania

    Spreadsheeting: How Much I Spent in Romania

    Romania was another country that was definitely not on the original plan, so I didn’t initially budget for it. It was on the list of countries that I was using to replace the three weeks of trekking I’d planning in Nepal, so I was hoping it would be less than $50/day (which was what I’d originally earmarked for Nepal). In all, in 6 days in Romania, I spent $270.93. How did that work out?

  • Costs,  Greece

    Spreadsheeting: What I Spent in Greece

    I was so excited when I touched down in Greece! This is my first time ever in Europe, and I was so excited for food, sun, beaches, and history! Because I switched my itinerary to not spend two weeks in Nepal, I got to Greece earlier than expected – in early August rather than early September. The only problem with that is that August is the absolute top of Greek high season, so everything was super crowded and expensive! Because of that and my love of history (and knowledge that I’ll likely come back for them), I skipped most of the islands you’d normally go to (no Santorini or Mykonos…

  • Costs,  Jordan

    Spreadsheeting: How Much I Spent in Jordan

    Jordan is one of those surprisingly and shockingly expensive countries. It’s one that you’d expect to be quite cheap and then WOAH just kidding. It’s not. I think part of what makes a country cheap for travel is the internal infrastructure for transportation – and in Jordan, there is not a cheap option for getting around. If you want to rent a car, it seems quite safe. I didn’t have the guts to do that. So if you don’t, you’re relying on either a guide or a taxi – both of which know that tourists have to get places and have to pay – so they charge accordingly. I decided…

  • Costs,  India,  Travel

    Spreadsheeting: How Much I Spent in India

    The one country on my itinerary that scared me more than any other was India (at least to go by myself). So I decided to buy a tour from G Adventures to handle almost all of the logistics. This made India far easier than it could have been (though not without troubles) but also made it extremely expensive compared to the previous countries I went to. But then, the people that I got to go on the tour with were amazing. So everything evens out in the end! In all, in 7 days in India, I spent $1,366.05. How did that work out?

  • Costs,  Myanmar,  Travel

    Spreadsheeting: What I Spent in Myanmar

    Everything I read online said that Myanmar was far more expensive than the rest of Southeast Asia and to budget accordingly. I think I might have mistook that and went a bit far… but luckily, it was a bit far the better way! Overall, for 10 days in Myanmar, I spent $616.84. Seriously. I was pretty shocked, especially because I felt like, on the whole, I lived well! How did that work out?

  • Cambodia,  Costs,  Travel

    Spreadsheeting: How Much I Spent in Cambodia (Siem Reap)

    Once upon a time, Cambodia was known as a hotspot for backpackers who wanted to do things cheaply. From food to guest houses and more, Cambodia always seemed to make the list of countries you could easily do for under $30/day. I do not think that is true any longer, especially in Siem Reap, and especially if you want to see Angkor Wat. You might be able to do it, but you’d have to make some rough sacrifices (like riding an actual bicycle, not an e-bike or tuk tuk to the temples). I think one of the things that makes it expensive is that the currency used here is USD…

  • Costs,  Philippines,  Travel

    Spreadsheeting: How Much I Spent in Coron

    Coron was a bit more expensive than Siargao – Coron doesn’t have any beaches of its own, so basically every day is some sort of tour or adventure. It makes it incredibly fun, but it was also an expensive place to be! Overall, for five days and six nights in Coron (five days actually in Coron, including in the nights the overnight layover in Cebu), I spent $512.42 USD. How did that work out? Airfare: $143.00 This includes my flight from Cebu to Coron and then my flight from Coron to Manila. Accommodations: $88.01 This was for one night at a hotel in Cebu and then five nights at a…