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Old 03-14-2006, 09:00 AM   #1
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I know people must get bored of the "How much money should I take?" question, but sorry, here's another one!!

In September I set off for just under 4 months. My route (when I book it!) is going to be along the lines of:

London - New York - Los Angeles - Fiji - Auckland - overland to Christchurch - Melbourne - overland to Cairns - Kuala Lumpur - Bangkok - London.

We will only be spending about 3 nights in NYC, then straight on to LA. From LA, we're going to spend approx 2 weeks seeing the sights of California by train. We will get a flight to Las Vegas for 2 or 3 nights, then fly back to LA to move on to Fiji. We hope to be in Fiji for a week, just chilling out. Then from Auckland, we're going to get a kiwiexperience pass down to Christchurch, taking about 4 weeks. Then on to Melbourne, we're going to spend 4 weeks making our way up to Cairns by Greyhound. Then fly on to Kuala Lumpur, then Bankok (or somewhere similar, still slightly undecided) for about 4 or 5 days each.

So, excluding rail, coach and all air travel, how much do you think I should take?! We will be staying in hostels, cooking for ourselves most of the time, and trying to do as much free stuff as possible! Obviously we're going to want to spend a bit of money on touresty things.

I'm thinking that by the time we go, I will have managed to save between £2500 and £3000 (probably nearer £3000 actually). So, for what amounts to around 100 days, will this be a good amount to take?!

I'd really appreciate any help, everyone has been so helpful in the past with my other dumb questions, so I also want to say thanks for that!

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Old 03-14-2006, 07:47 PM   #2
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Take as much money as you possibly can!! Seriously though, your budget works out to about $50-60 USD per day. Which is an okay budget, but you may want to pad that a bit more if you can. NYC and LA are very expensive cities. Is this amount including or separate from the cost of transportation (flights & train)?
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Bangkok is a low budget destination. Depending on your lifestyle, you can keep it as low as $12-$15 per day.
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That amount is separate of any travel, I already have a separate stash for planes, trains and buses.

The only transport it doesn't include is local transport, like if we really can't be bothered to walk somewhere!

On a website I found a list of basic costs for each country/city, and tried to come up with a figure using that. This is what I came up with:

Bangkok: $20 (£12) x 5 days
Kuala Lumpur: $20 (£12) x 5 days
Fiji: $30 (£18) x 7 days
New Zealand: $45 (£25) x 28 days
Australia: $45 (£25) x 28 days
New York: $60 (£35) x 2 days
California: $50 (£30) x 18 days
Las Vegas: $50 (£30) x 2 days

= $4035 or £2316.

So that leaves me about £700 to play with! Hoorah!
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Sounds like a trip and a half there Lauran!

£3000 is a good amount to take with you at the very least.. this will give you £25 per day to live on which is very small.

I'd get some more saved up or get a 0% interest credit card!
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I'm so excited, Claire, I can't wait!

Anyway, I should think I will end up with (hopefully) nearer £3500 actually, because we've put back the date we're planning on leaving, which gives me a couple more weeks to work. Plus, my mum promised me a bit of money (I love my mum!) so that will be handy!

I think I will take a credit card with me, and only use it if I really REALLY need to! (Or if I spot something I have to have!)
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Oh yeah, and also I don't drink alcohol, so I keep telling myself that while other people spend part of their budget on booze, I get to save the money!

I know, I'm probably a rare find!
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Originally posted by lauren313@Mar 15 2006, 01:53 AM


On a website I found a list of basic costs for each country/city, and tried to come up with a figure using that. This is what I came up with:

Bangkok: $20 (£12)* x 5 days
Kuala Lumpur: $20 (£12) x 5 days
Fiji: $30 (£18) x 7 days
New Zealand: $45 (£25) x 28 days
Australia: $45 (£25) x 28 days
New York: $60 (£35) x 2 days
California: $50 (£30) x 18 days
Las Vegas: $50 (£30) x 2 days

= $4035 or £2316.

So that leaves me about £700 to play with! Hoorah!
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yea...post that site if you could. i'd be interested to see it


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Oh yeah, and also I don't drink alcohol, so I keep telling myself that while other people spend part of their budget on booze, I get to save the money!
Nah! Altho i have many drunken stories, im not much of a drinker anymore.Now I only drink on New Years, St. Patty's day, and my Birthday. It's way too expensive to do it all the time, and i'm almost alway driving!
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Sorry guys, should have included that link for you all!

It's from the Lonely Planet website, HERE is the link. From there, choose your destination(s) and then on the left-hand side, click the tab that says "money". Then, for most destinations, there is a tab up the top that says "costs".

It doesn't have the costs of everything, but it does give you a general idea. Plus, I like to research hostels a lot, so that's how I figure out my accommodation budget: by looking all over the place!

twisted_tbar, I used to drink, so I do have quite a few awful stories, some of which were revealed last night to my boyfriend (who has never seen me drink) by my good friend (who has seen me drunk many a time!). V. embarassing!
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yea... I think the few friends that have seen me drunk are gonna blackmail me... sooner or later
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