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How A lot Did Our Household RTW Journey Value?


How a lot does a household journey world wide value? It’s a burning query and understandably so! Certainly, with out cash, it’s troublesome to journey. So, I believed it will be helpful to compile some figures to tell those that dream of someday embarking on an journey like ours.

This text is the third of a three-part abstract of our around the world journey:

Monetary report on our household journey world wide – half 3

On this monetary report, I’ll present you all of the bills of our journey with a breakdown by class and by nation. As a way to see extra clearly and to match nations with one another, I offer you an in depth evaluation of lodging, meals and transportation bills. Lastly, I’ll revisit the expense estimate I had made earlier than the journey, to see if it held up.

However first, I wish to remind you of some statistics from our household journey:

  • 444 days of journey;
  • 50 nations visited;
  • 56 flights;
  • 33 rental automobiles;
  • 181 habitations;
  • 213 cities visited, together with 39 capitals, to not point out the numerous villages and websites outdoors the cities;
  • 50% of costly nations, 50% of nations thought of low cost;
  • A number of consolation, and generally luxurious;
  • Journey in carry-on suitcases.
Helicopter Ride

Helicopter Experience, Vanuatu

Distribution of bills

Expenditure classes

In whole, for 444 days, our bills quantity to 91,241.00 CAD (73,992.95 USD), or 205.00 CAD (166.25 USD) per day for our household of 4, i.e. 51.25 CAD (41.56 USD) per day and per particular person.

Professional-rated over three hundred and sixty five days, it’s 75,007.00 CAD (60,827.80 USD), or 18,752.00 CAD (15,207.15 USD) per particular person.

Right here is the breakdown of the whole value of our journey by expense merchandise:

  • Lodging (excluding campers): 19,538.00 CAD (15,844.57 USD);
  • Flights (worldwide and home): 18,677.00 CAD (15,146.33 USD);
  • Automotive rental (together with campers and gasoline) : 19,730.00 CAD (16,000.27 USD);
  • Transport (parking, tolls, buses, trains, ferries, taxis, and so on.) : 6,038.00 CAD (4,896.59 USD);
  • Restaurant : 14,445.00 CAD (11,714.34 USD);
  • Groceries (together with hygiene merchandise, laundry, SIM playing cards, medicines) : 6,857.00 CAD (5,560.76 USD);
  • Recreation actions: 6,013.00 CAD (4,876.31 USD);
  • Visas : 1,942.00 CAD (1,574.89 USD);

Please notice that the “Grocery” merchandise is a little bit of a catch-all, since I embrace hygiene merchandise, laundry, SIM playing cards and medicine. In the long run, I thought of that the load of this stuff in relation to the meals element is negligible.

Please additionally notice, nonetheless, that insurance coverage, gear, donations and presents, in addition to bank card charges aimed toward accumulating factors usually are not included amongst this stuff of expenditure. I take into account that these bills, though associated to journey, usually are not strictly talking recurrent journey bills, since they don’t seem to be relevant to nations, however reasonably to the journey in its entirety.

Expenditure by nation

The next desk reveals the expenditure damaged down by merchandise and nation. As a way to solely spotlight the bills associated to residing in every nation, I excluded worldwide flights, however I left native flights, which I take into account to be an integral a part of transport prices – similar to automobile leases.

Observe that the desk has solely 38 strains. As a way to simplify the whole lot, I’ve grouped collectively the bills of a number of nations:

  • Our bills within the Benelux embrace these of Belgium (3 days), the Netherlands (4 days) and Luxembourg (1 day);
  • Our bills in Central Europe embrace these of Slovakia (1 day), Hungary (3 days), Poland (2 days) and the Czech Republic (3 days);
  • Our bills in England embrace these in Wales (2 days);
  • Our bills in Spain embrace these of Gibraltar (1 day);
  • Our bills in Germany embrace these of Liechtenstein (1 day);
  • Our bills in France embrace these in Basel, Switzerland (1 day);
  • Our bills in Italy embrace these in Bratislava, Slovenia (1 day);
  • Our bills in Israel embrace these within the Palestinian Territory (2 days);
  • Our bills in Hong Kong embrace these in Macao (2 days).

Be at liberty to click on on the columns of the desk to make use of the sorting perform.

Nation Visa Inner flights Automotive Transport Gasoline Lodge Restaurant Groceries Actions Complete
Iceland 0.00 0.00 2462.64 18.57 899.75 0.00 181.54 341.31 169.63 4073.44
UK 0.00 0.00 286.50 183.74 204.82 1161.88 447.59 339.63 0.00 2624.17
Benelux 0.00 0.00 281.33 66.52 148.71 873.05 283.25 195.34 0.00 1848.21
France 0.00 0.00 668.17 464.69 852.42 931.21 756.16 535.68 102.10 4310.43
Germany 0.00 0.00 398.98 156.36 345.45 1078.77 472.08 311.08 33.33 2796.04
Austria 0.00 0.00 159.59 82.46 99.93 173.44 178.25 212.97 157.02 1063.66
Central Europe 0.00 0.00 239.39 125.26 206.20 538.87 362.34 144.43 64.51 1681.00
Bulgaria 0.00 0.00 0.00 11.48 0.00 146.00 52.48 50.65 138.47 399.07
Turkey 322.00 0.00 350.33 267.45 261.75 194.84 347.42 131.72 876.25 2751.75
Cyprus 0.00 0.00 167.75 147.46 66.40 450.05 215.29 104.52 21.42 1172.89
Lebanon 0.00 0.00 214.84 4.29 55.75 686.11 314.97 48.03 132.08 1456.05
Greece 0.00 0.00 608.59 691.85 229.10 1148.80 497.31 359.32 172.13 3707.10
Israel 148.47 0.00 240.79 34.78 184.95 874.24 131.95 238.23 114.35 1967.75
Jordan 293.60 0.00 271.40 26.61 120.19 569.36 188.09 112.76 155.06 1737.07
UAE 0.00 0.00 285.52 7.26 95.76 14.52 256.82 148.02 180.77 988.68
Oman 123.78 0.00 176.29 0.00 46.46 193.53 46.46 76.59 29.04 692.16
India 440.72 0.00 1308.30 7.14 0.00 834.61 413.75 38.09 279.73 3322.34
Thailand 0.00 256.04 334.68 241.48 91.20 1094.73 635.20 214.80 213.20 3081.33
Myanmar 260.00 0.00 975.00 49.19 0.00 534.14 264.26 25.91 119.57 2228.07
Cambodia 54.00 0.00 0.00 147.02 0.00 434.72 415.85 63.65 91.80 1207.04
Vietnam 135.00 0.00 0.00 13.37 0.00 0.00 128.10 2.70 290.25 569.42
Sri Lanka 94.50 0.00 475.33 14.09 82.04 592.37 351.73 64.81 224.82 1899.69
Philippines 0.00 177.88 75.96 631.06 25.22 664.11 423.65 131.39 649.37 2778.63
Australia 70.23 436.56 798.96 280.80 398.77 383.50 83.51 256.89 144.40 2853.61
New Zealand 0.00 205.00 1004.89 103.96 419.58 91.22 53.00 464.03 283.54 2625.22
Fiji 0.00 0.00 285.00 2.52 29.04 332.60 169.50 97.73 31.94 948.34
Vanuatu 0.00 0.00 0.00 25.00 0.00 528.30 299.77 154.30 122.09 1129.46
Japan 0.00 19.64 0.00 657.35 0.00 1268.70 1126.45 417.71 243.37 3733.22
Taiwan 0.00 0.00 0.00 233.65 0.00 0.00 271.57 100.00 59.13 664.35
Hong Kong/Macau 0.00 0.00 0.00 185.90 0.00 81.17 403.09 212.73 89.19 972.08
Malaysia 0.00 286.44 22.67 282.48 6.48 180.44 222.45 98.31 108.80 1208.06
Indonesia 0.00 0.00 229.43 12.86 39.61 267.26 399.08 65.10 167.76 1181.11
Singapore 0.00 0.00 0.00 135.24 0.00 745.46 195.61 166.36 0.00 1242.66
Morocco 0.00 0.00 555.11 108.08 287.42 916.65 561.40 219.06 46.90 2694.61
Italy 0.00 0.00 103.37 262.65 205.76 99.98 288.60 100.47 87.00 1147.82
Croatia 0.00 0.00 258.43 153.20 138.20 790.47 263.35 168.56 110.00 1882.20
Spain 0.00 0.00 347.99 65.10 379.05 220.59 483.80 384.85 223.32 2104.69
Portugal 0.00 0.00 108.75 137.04 114.06 442.27 259.49 59.42 81.00 1202.02
Complete 1942.30 1381.56 13695.98 6037.94 6034.06 19537.94 12445.18 6857.14 6013.32 73945.43

Uluru

Uluru, Australia

Expenditure by nation – grouping for evaluation

For evaluation functions, I’ve compiled the next desk to signify the common bills per day and per nation, when it comes to lodging, meals and transportation. The next classes are due to this fact groupings of expenditure objects:

  • The Complete column merely reveals the whole from the earlier desk, divided by the variety of days in every nation;
  • The Lodging class incorporates the Lodge merchandise;
  • The Meals class consists of the Restaurant and Grocery objects;
  • The Transport class consists of the Inner Flights, Automotive, Transport and Gasoline objects.

Be at liberty to click on on the columns of the desk to make use of the sorting perform.

Nation Complete Lodging Meals Transport
Iceland 407.34 0.00 52.28 338.10
UK 238.56 105.63 71.57 61.37
Benelux 231.03 109.13 59.82 62.07
France 148.64 32.11 44.55 68.46
Germany 186.40 71.92 52.21 60.05
Austria 177.28 28.91 65.20 57.00
Central Europe 186.78 59.87 56.31 63.43
Bulgaria 133.02 48.67 34.38 3.83
Turkey 171.98 12.18 29.95 54.97
Cyprus 195.48 75.01 53.30 63.60
Lebanon 182.01 85.76 45.37 34.36
Greece 231.69 71.80 53.54 95.60
Israel 245.97 109.28 46.27 57.56
Jordan 248.15 81.34 42.98 59.74
UAE 89.88 1.32 36.80 35.32
Oman 230.72 64.51 41.02 74.25
India 184.57 46.37 25.10 73.08
Thailand 114.12 40.55 31.48 34.20
Myanmar 185.67 44.51 24.18 85.35
Cambodia 120.70 43.47 47.95 14.70
Vietnam 94.90 0.00 21.80 2.23
Sri Lanka 118.73 37.02 26.03 35.72
Philippines 154.37 36.90 30.84 50.56
Australia 259.42 34.86 30.94 174.10
New Zealand 238.66 8.29 47.00 157.58
Fiji 135.48 47.51 38.18 45.22
Vanuatu 112.95 52.83 45.41 2.50
Japan 186.66 63.44 77.21 33.85
Taiwan 83.04 0.00 46.45 29.21
Hong Kong/Macau 88.37 7.38 55.98 16.90
Malaysia 100.67 15.04 26.73 49.84
Indonesia 78.74 17.82 30.95 18.79
Singapore 155.33 93.18 45.25 16.91
Morocco 122.48 41.67 35.48 43.21
Italy 286.96 24.99 97.27 142.94
Croatia 188.22 79.05 43.19 54.98
Spain 131.54 13.79 54.29 49.51
Portugal 240.40 88.45 63.78 71.97

Cherry Blossom

Cherry blossom, Japan

Evaluation of common bills per day and per nation

Complete expenditures

Nations the place we spent essentially the most per day

  • 407.34 CAD per day in Iceland;
  • 286.96 CAD per day in Italy;
  • 259.42 CAD per day in Australia;
  • 248.15 CAD per day in Jordan;
  • 245.97 CAD per day in Israel.

The costliest nation, all classes thought of, is none aside from Iceland, and by a large margin! Happily, we’ve been extraordinarily frugal by buying the only merchandise in grocery shops and consuming out solely twice. In any other case, the bills may have actually exploded.

Israel can also be a horribly costly nation. We needed to deprive ourselves a little bit, in any other case this nation could be in 2nd place within the rating.

Jordan is a shock on this rating. That is largely on account of our deliberate selections to pay extra in lodging.

Nations the place we spent the least per day

  • 78.74 CAD per day in Indonesia;
  • 83.04 CAD per day in Taiwan;
  • 88.37 CAD per day in Hong Kong;
  • 89.88 CAD per day in the United Arab Emirates;
  • 94.90 CAD per day in Vietnam.

Indonesia (Bali) is solely a really inexpensive nation, the place cash can go very far.

In Taiwan, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates, we stayed virtually solely in luxurious inns with factors. As well as, we’ve not rented a automobile in Taiwan or Hong Kong.

In Vietnam, the in-laws sheltered and fed us. I nonetheless really feel unhealthy to say it, however they wished to pay for the whole lot, to the purpose of giving us some pocket cash… an out of the abnormal generosity!

It’s possible you’ll suspect that this rating isn’t consultant of the true value of residing in some nations. For the sake of being lifelike, I provides you with my evaluation of the prices of lodging, meals and transport.

Bornean Bearded Pigs

Bako Nationwide Park, Borneo, Malaysia

Lodging bills

Concerning lodging, we tailored our bills in line with the next tips:

  • As a lot as doable, we slept in inns with our factors. However solely once I thought it will be helpful to pay in factors reasonably than cash (e.g. Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Spain).
  • In any other case, we often simply slept in inns or Airbnb of a decrease mid-range vary, i.e. providing a minimal stage of consolation.

Nations the place we spent essentially the most on lodging per day

  • 123.31 CAD per day in Belgium;
  • 119.02 CAD per day in the Netherlands;
  • 109.28 CAD per day in Israel;
  • 105.63 CAD per day in England;
  • 93.18 CAD per day in Singapore.

Iceland would have been nicely on the high of this record if we had chosen to sleep in inns as a substitute of renting a camper.

Nations the place we spent the least on lodging per day

From the desk, it’s troublesome to say by which nation it’s typically extra inexpensive to remain in contemplating that:

  • Now we have rented campers in Iceland, Australia and New Zealand;
  • We had been primarily hosted in Vietnam and France;
  • Now we have used factors partially or solely for lodging in Austria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Italy and Spain.

However I used to be in a position to make use of my lodging statistics to offer you an thought:

  • 29.70 CAD per day in Indonesia;
  • 33.49 CAD per day in Malaysia;
  • 39.26 CAD per day in the Philippines;
  • 39.49 CAD per day in Sri Lanka;
  • 40.53 CAD per day in Thailand.
Swimming Pool at Best Western Kuta Beach

Greatest Western Kuta Seashore, Bali

Meals bills

Concerning meals, we tailored our bills in line with the next tips:

  • In nations the place meals is dear, however the place there is no such thing as a nice gastronomic status (e.g. Iceland, Israel, Australia, New Zealand), we merely bought meals from the grocery retailer.
  • In nations the place consuming is dear, however which have a excessive gastronomic status (often Western Europe), we extra typically mixed eating places in our eating regimen.
  • In nations the place meals is reasonable (primarily the remainder of the world, together with each Japan and Singapore), we ate virtually solely in eating places.

Nations the place we spent essentially the most on meals per day

  • 97.27 CAD per day in Italy;
  • 77.57 CAD per day in Japan;
  • 71.57 CAD per day in England;
  • 65.20 CAD per day in Austria;
  • 63.78 CAD per day in Portugal.

Our meals bills in Japan are excessive for the straightforward motive that we’ve not made a lot effort to scale back them. We may have carried out so as a result of, it is vitally straightforward to eat there in an inexpensive method. However we most popular to benefit from the nation’s culinary specialties, and extra significantly Kobe beef, with a meal that value us 270 CAD!

For the remainder of the rating, there are not any surprises.

Nations the place we spent the least on meals per day

  • 21.80 CAD per day in Vietnam;
  • 24.18 CAD per day in Myanmar;
  • 25.10 CAD per day in India;
  • 26.03 CAD per day in Sri Lanka;
  • 26.73 CAD per day in Malaysia.

There are not any actual surprises right here both, apart from Vietnam, which is on the high of the rating, as a result of we had been handled by our pretty Vietnamese household.

Rambutan Picking

Selecting rambutans, Vietnam

Transport bills

Nations the place we spent essentially the most on transport per day

  • 338.10 CAD per day in Iceland;
  • 174.10 CAD per day in Australia;
  • 157.58 CAD per day in New Zealand;
  • 142.94 CAD per day in Italy;
  • 95.60 CAD per day in Greece;

Transportation prices had been very excessive in Iceland, Australia and New Zealand for the straightforward motive that we rented campers there, along with taking inner flights in Australia and New Zealand.

In Italy, tolls and parking heaps are horribly costly. And in Greece, the 4 ferries we took to get to the islands, in addition to the 5 automobiles we rented on every island and on the mainland, pushed the worth up.

It is usually in Iceland and the Greek islands that we’ve encountered the most costly gasoline, at greater than 3.00 CAD (2.43 USD) per litre.

Nations the place we spent the least on transport per day

  • 2.23 CAD per day in Vietnam;
  • 2.50 CAD per day in Vanuatu;
  • 3.83 CAD per day in Bulgaria;
  • 14.70 CAD per day in Cambodia;
  • 16.90 CAD per day in Hong Kong.

This record consists of 5 of the ten nations the place we didn’t should drive. In Vietnam and Vanuatu, we had been taken care of when it comes to transport. In Bulgaria, we took a taxi. In Cambodia, we had been wandering round in tuk-tuk. In Hong Kong, we used public transport.

Graham Street Mural

Graham Avenue Mural, Hong Kong

Expenditure in relation to the estimated value of residing

I wished to do the train of evaluating, for the totally different nations, the bills incurred with the one I projected earlier than our departure (I’ll come again to this within the subsequent chapter). You’re going to should consider me as a result of for the reason that calculation is extra advanced, I didn’t wish to reveal it right here.

Nations the place we’ve spent a lot lower than anticipated

  • 66% lower than anticipated in Hong Kong: we slept in inns with the factors;
  • 62% lower than anticipated in the United Arab Emirates: we slept in inns with the factors;
  • 54% lower than anticipated in Vanuatu: our native associates helped us save;
  • 39% lower than anticipated in Singapore: we ate inexpensively in hawker facilities;
  • 37% lower than anticipated in France: we regularly loved the hospitality of household and associates.

Nations the place we’ve spent way more than anticipated

  • 107% larger than anticipated in India: primarily as a result of rental of a automobile with driver;
  • 74% greater than anticipated in Italy: as a result of we ate quite a lot of pizzas;
  • 60% greater than anticipated in the Philippines: as a result of we made 4 boat journeys throughout the islands;
  • 55% greater than anticipated in Myanmar: primarily as a result of rental of a automobile with driver;
  • 46% greater than anticipated in Turkey: as a result of we had a scorching air balloon experience there.

You possibly can see that the primary record incorporates nations which can be thought of costly and the second record incorporates nations which can be thought of inexpensive – apart from Italy. It’s because, basically, we’ve not diminished our spending in costly nations so far as doable. And then again, we actually indulged ourselves within the cheaper nations.

India and Myanmar are very particular exceptions, since these nations are recognized to be incubators of “tourista” for a lot of the vacationers who go there. In these nations, since we had been on a good schedule, we didn’t wish to threat getting sick. Now we have due to this fact elevated our precautions when it comes to hygiene measures by avoiding avenue meals and favoring a sure vary of eating places. We selected inns fastidiously and used the companies of chauffeurs to journey via these nations. For all these causes, our spending in these nations is far larger than the true value of residing can counsel.

Agra

Agra, India

Comparability with the projected value earlier than departure

I’ve typically been requested if our bills are according to the funds I had established. Bear in mind this estimate of bills I made earlier than departure. On the time, I had established a technique for estimating our bills primarily based on a cost-of-living index by nation. I had used a value of residing in France of 290 CAD par day as a benchmark to estimate the price of our complete journey. At the moment, our itinerary had not but been fully drawn up, however I had arrived at an estimate of 88,500.00 CAD (71,770.10 USD) primarily based on a interval of 431 days, equal to 74,748.00 CAD (60,617.76 USD) over three hundred and sixty five days. Contemplating that our journey, prorated for three hundred and sixty five days, got here again to us at 75,007.00 CAD (60,827.80 USD) (a discrepancy of 259 CAD), you may think about that I can’t be prouder!

For a little bit enjoyable, I up to date the estimate chart with our remaining itinerary, which you’ll be able to see within the picture under. The 443-day estimate (444 days if we depend our final evening in Montreal paid with factors) turns into 97,141.00 CAD (78,777.62 USD).  Following the identical methodology, I subtracted $50 for every evening in a lodge the place we used the factors, in addition to the 38 nights staying with household and associates, and the 6 nights spent in transportation, that’s ((86+38+6) x 50 = 6500 CAD. The corrected whole turns into 90,641.00 CAD (73,506.37 USD), which remains to be comparatively near the 91,241 CAD we spent!

Trip Projected Cost

Conclusion of Half 3

As you may see, at 91,241.00 CAD (73,992.95 USD), our journey was not so costly contemplating that it lasted 14 and a half months, that we visited 50 nations, 50% of that are recognized to be costly, flew 56 occasions, rented 33 autos, stayed in 181 totally different lodging, that we allowed ourselves a lot luxurious and that we by no means disadvantaged ourselves of something.

For comparability functions, 51.25 CAD (41.56 USD) per day and per particular person, that is roughly what it typically prices (together with airfare, native bills and excluding gear, insurance coverage) to the common backpacker, staying in youth hostels, taking public transport, consuming in native markets, flying 14 occasions, visiting 11 nations for 11 months, the bulk being nations deemed inexpensive.

The explanation for this, I repeat, is an impressive group. Thanks for studying me! I want you as a lot pleasure in your subsequent journeys as we had throughout our household around the world journey.

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