Travel the world with $100 per day | You already made up your mind. You have an rough idea where to go and what to do. Now it is time to think about your travel budget. The internet gives you an astonishing variety of examples. Nathan and Danica Reid did live from $1 per day in Nepal, Matt Kepnes published a book about “How to Travel the World on $50 a Day”. We target an average of $100 per day.
Why $100? Because life is too short. We need some basic comfort to enjoy our trip. Based on our research, we settled at $100 per day travel budget. This would allow us to travel without having to stay in youth hostels, sleeping in bunk beds, or on camping grounds, and eating instant noodles all the time. We prefer to stay in apartments or guesthouses and eat at restaurants from time to time. But even with $100 all this is still out of range: any kind of fancy fine dining, guided adventure tours, shopping, spa days. So if $50 per day also doesn’t cut it for you, and $150 sounds a bit too much for your wallets: Here are our suggestions …
Travel the World with $100 per Day – Budget Suggestions
1: Copy what other people have done. Many travelers, have shared their travel budgets online. Shannon at A Little Adrift traveled for a year solo for just under $18,000. Akila and Patrick – The Road Forks – spent $66,000 for just over a year of travel. BootsnAll compares 11 different RTW budgets. Jodi at Legal Nomads provides excellent budgeting advice including a long list of links to other bloggers’ budgets.
2: Research cost estimates for your region. Usually the flight booking comes first, followed by accomodation. Last not least you will face daily cost for food and fun. Find out what to expect along your trip. Rolf Potts’s book Vagabonding, provides cost ranges for different world regions and breaks them down according to different travel styles. Lonely Planet offers regional and specific country estimates. Travel Independent has information geared specifically toward budget travelers.
3: Check accommodation prices long in advance. This one is really worth the work. If booked early, accomodation can be the key factor that determines your budget. Get real-time prices since they change depending on season, holidays, and currency rates. There are Couchsurfing, AirBnB, Booking.com, Trip Advisor, Agoda, Kayak and many others waiting for a chance to serve you.
4: Collect points. An effective way to save on travel is by using a credit card that gives you miles or other travel rewards every time you spend money.
5: Reduce costs by travelling less. Pick a destination and plan to spend five days there instead of just 3 before moving on. Less is more :)
6: Avoid the high season under all circumstances. Being an off-season traveler means, you simply get more for your money. And you will avoid tourist crowds.
7: Save on slimy currency exchange rates and ridiculous credit card fees. Pay as much as you can in advance via debit card or via a credit card. That at least helps you collecting points. Nowadays even train rides and tickets for museums can be booked and paid online in advance. For most other items such as gasoline, food, souvenirs pay with cash but use a bank that charges low rates for international ATM transactions. When using a credit card, use a card with low international fees, and make sure your transactions are charged in the local currency. Then smile on your way back to the hotel and feel very smart for avoiding unnecessary expense.
8: You don’t need too much insurance. Travel light and don’t bring super expensive items. Make sure you got health insurance. That will do it.
9. Travel smart. Examples:
-> Don’t stay over night in Venice to visit the floating city, but in Verona (1 hour west of Venice). Drive to Venice early in the morning to avoid jams at the parking house. Explore Venice the entire day before driving back to Verona. Instead of hiring a private Gondola, use Vaporettos, that’s the name for Venice’ public water taxi service.
-> Instead of booking a $20 boat trip to the Statue of Liberty in New York City, take the free Staten Island ferry from and to Manhattan. This way you will pass by the Statue twice. Enough to take that mandatory ‘been-there-done-that’ snapshot. You can tick this one off your bucket list without spending a dime.
-> Visit the Louvre in Paris on the first Sunday of a month. It will be free. But you better line up there early.
-> Under all circumstances get an Oyster Card in London. It will roughly save you 50% of each ride you take with London’s public transport.
-> Instead of paying silly money at the airport to reach the city center of Barcelona, use the T10 ticket. It will only cost you 8 Euros and gives you 10 rides. Your first one might be from the airport to your hotel.
-> When looking for the Great Wall near Beijing, give your wallet a break. Take a regular bus (#867) near Dongzhimen Station to the Great Wall of Mutianyu, 65km to the north of Beijing city.
-> Vienna Ring Tram: Some tram or bus lines will allow you to reach most of the tourist attractions in a city for a fraction of what you pay for hopping on a guided sightseeing tour. The only thing missing is the guide. Example: Explore Vienna’s ceremonial boulevard via Ring Tram! Vienna’s wonderful sights such as the Vienna State Opera, Imperial Palace, Parliament, City Hall are in easy reach with the Vienna Ring Tram. It departs on a lap of the Ring every 30 minutes from Schwedenplatz. You can get to know Vienna’s wonderful boulevard, the Ringstrasse around the Old City, in comfort all year round, from 10.00am to 5.30pm.
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