When mentioning a trip spanning almost 5 months, one of the first questions people ask is “how are you going to afford all of this?” It’s a reasonable question, and I will tell you how.
A reasonable budget is about 50$ a day, depending on where you are and what you are doing.
We will be gone for about 4.6 months. That’s about 140 days. At 50$ a day, it would cost 7,000$ to take this trip, not including airfare, travel insurance, etc.
We are not planning to spend 50$ a day, or even close to it. For all 10 countries we visit (with the exception of Singapore and Zanzibar, though we may change our minds on this), we are planning to do work aways. Work aways are when you exchange work for food and shelter (or sometimes just shelter, they are usually quite clear on their host page). The work is varied, usually 3-6 hours a day, 5 days a week – it can mean being an au pair, doing manual labour, handyman work, customer service, web design, etc. There is a cost to sign up and use the service, but I think that is a good thing, as it weeds out scammers and other undesirables.
There is also wwoof.org that is geared more towards farming and physical labour – and you have to pay for each country you want to work in.
Without food costs, with doing a work away for at least 1 week of our trip to each country, our flights and lodging will cost approximately 5,478$. This of course doesn’t include insurance, travel within the countries, but considering that is including the flights, it’s a pretty big difference.
Not only will I be saving money, I will earn valuable experiences I certainly couldn’t have earned staying in a hotel, cooped up away from the real culture of the destination. New friends, new skills, what can I lose? 🙂
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