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12 Months Travelling

Posted by benhopes on 24/8/2009 at 03:07


I'm looking at travelling to Northern Laos, Vietnam and a few of the islands for 3- 4 months, maybe even go to the Phillipines for a bit. I will spend a month in Oz travelling and will then try and settle and get some work there (with the intention of getting sponsorship) and staying there!!

Will £9000 be enough for this trip? Also need to consider that I will be travelling alone so may be spending more on accomodation.


#1 benhopes has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 14

Posted by BruceMoon on 24/8/2009 at 05:51


Elsewhere on Travelfish, I've suggested that ppl ought consider 'costs' in SE Asia on a per day basis, and suggested something like US$25 / day (go look here for detail ).

The sum I suggested did not include major travel, though at a pinch it might. I haven't been to the Phillipines, but I suspect US$25 may also be OK.

Australia will more likely need around US$100 / day.

So, for the SE Asia part, you'd probably be OK with 1500-2000 GBP.

Maybe you could use the (substantial) remainder to take me on a holiday when you arrive here in Oz!!!! ;)


#2 BruceMoon has been a member since 27/12/2008. Location: Australia. Posts: 1,941

Posted by BDV on 24/8/2009 at 12:23


have spent quiet a bit of time in the Philippines and you will find accommodation costs are going to a lot higher than the rest of the region. During my last trip there early this year think my accommodation cost averaged around USD20.00 per day.

#3 BDV has been a member since 27/9/2008. Posts: 20

Posted by MADMAC on 24/8/2009 at 18:10

Also, you did not say what you want to do while "traveling". Apart from food and lodging, there are usually expenses for actually doing things.

And if you are interested in beer and / or women - that's a major budgetary bite. Three to four months is a long time to be celibate, and nookie doesn't come for free here.

#4 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957

Posted by BruceMoon on 24/8/2009 at 18:30

John (MAC)

hahahaha. On 'relationships', I thinks Ben's surname may say it all.


#5 BruceMoon has been a member since 27/12/2008. Location: Australia. Posts: 1,941

Posted by benhopes on 24/8/2009 at 18:47

Alright lads,

Less of the bullying hahaha!!

Nah obviously I will be paying see the sites and visiting places!! Obviously on the beer and women I will cut back, well beer definitely, women too .... benhopes :)

#6 benhopes has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 14

Posted by exacto on 24/8/2009 at 22:47

hey ben,

bruce's recommendation on how to estimate costs is a good one and his numbers match my experience too. i typically spend US$35 per day when i'm travelling by myself, which is flashpacker level, and $60 per day when travelling with the mrs.

like the others say, there will be other expenses, like the costs of tours or entry fees or stuff like that, which might blow your daily budget from time to time. but it sounds like you've got plenty of cash for the southeast asia leg of your trip. you'll even have enough money to impress a girl by buying her a drink or twelve.

as for meeting women? yes, there's a local market for such things, just as MADMAC says, but you can also meet other travellers out there, much like you might do back home.

have a great time, and don't forget to buy bruce a beer once you reach oz. cheers.

#7 exacto has been a member since 12/2/2006. Location: United States. Posts: 2,821

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