Round the World Trip Costs
One of the most common questions i get asked about my trip is: How much did all of this cost you? People wonder how much i spent on the trip altogether, and they also wonder how much i spent in various countries along the way. I wouldn't be honest if i said that this trip didn't cost a lot. It definitely did. But, at the same time, it was actually cheaper for me to be out traveling the world than it would be for me to be sitting at home. Living in the USA is ridiculously expensive. The amount of money that i spend monthly on rent, would cover a months worth of *everything* (hotel, food, transport, fun, etc) in another country.
Anyways, i decided to put together this page for anyone who is planning their own trip, and wanted some information on how much i spent. Of course, your mileage will vary. I definitely could have spent *less* money in many countries, but i chose not to because i wanted to stay in nicer rooms, eat better food, and live it up a little. On the flip side, you could also easily spend much much more than i did.
To give you an idea of my spending habits:
The first chart shows how long i spent in each country. Before leaving i initially made a rough itinerary of how long to spend in each place. I ended up barely following the itinerary at all. It was much better to just go where i pleased, for however long i wanted. In the beginnig of the trip, i spent a week each in london, paris, and barcelona. Then the trip really started. I kind of aimed at about 3 weeks in each country. I spent less time in some small countries, and then of course spent more time in other countries where i just couldnt make myself leave. India is so huge (and incredible), i had to give it two months.
The second graph shows how much money i spent per country. Obviously, i spent a ton more money in Japan than anywhere else. Part of that is because transportation is really expensive there and i had to buy a one month rail pass for 500 bucks. The other reason is that originally i planned on only going to japan for a couple weeks, but when i got there i became totally enamored with it and just couldnt leave. A couple weeks stretched into 5 and soon enough i had spent a ton of money.
The third graph gives a better of idea of how expensive each country is since it is a daily cost instead of a total cost. As you can see, traveling in a lot of the countries was extremely cheap. Syria and Indonesia only cost around 20$ per day! Egypt and India were just 25$ per day. Japan and the UK were by far the most expensive countries to be in. in London, just a *hostel bed* costs about 30$. In both Tokyo and London, just taking the metro around town is really expensive. And if you want to go out at night to bars/clubs and drink etc, the bill adds up really quick. So, in some ways how much you spend on the trip does really depend on where you go. Stick to cheap countries and you can stretch your money really really far. Go to europe or japan, and you will run out quickly. Of course, just because i spent over $100 per day in japan and london, doesnt mean that this is the lowest possible budget. In japan i went out a lot, enjoyed the delicious japanese food, and stayed in a fun area of town. If you tried to do it on the cheap, i bet you could do japan for $50-$60... but you'd have to try pretty hard.
Below are the exact numbers used for the graphs above.
The other really big cost for the trip was airfare. One of the more difficult questions to decide for a RTW trip is whether to get a RTW ticket or to just book flights as you go along. There are pluses to both sides. RTW tickets can be really good bargains, but they have restrictions. Normally you have to set your itinerary in advance and then you have to pay extra later if you want to change it. For me, i love to be able to change my travel plans on a whim, so that didnt sound very good. Plus, the good value of these RTW tickets tends to diminish if you add too many continents. My trip just took in too many places to get a good RTW ticket. Last of all, almost all RTW tickets only allow you to use them for up to one year. After 365 days, your ticket is dead. I wasnt sure if i would be gone more than a year, so that pretty much was the last straw in not choosing a RTW ticket. Below is what i paid for airfare.
You may be wondering "What the hell? These flights make no sense, what kind of route did you take exactly?!" Here is a link to a map of my route... it doesnt look all that great, and i hope to replace it w/ a better map soon: http://thisisvlad.com/rtw/worldmap.jpg
So that's it. There's everything that i've spent over the last 433 days. Below is the grand total for everything. As you can see, it's really not *that* much money for a year and several months worth of travel... a trip of a lifetime!!