How much is a world trip?

An important question, before starting a trip around the world, is: How much money do I need?

Naturally there is no general answer for this question. The costs depend on the countries in which you travel, on the life style you live and the things you do. And of course prices change constantly for example due to fluctuating exchange rates and rather high inflation in some countries.

Anyway, in order to give you an idea I will tell you exactly how much I paid for my trip. The numbers I give you are the total costs including accommodation, food & drinks, transportation, tours and any other special expenses. Not included are expenses which happened prior my trip (for example costs for injections).
Details, about what I was doing in a certain country and how much I paid for certain things, can be found in my blog entries about the respective country. (see destinations in the side menu). As my travels continue I will update the list every now and then.

Travel costs

Russia:

Travel duration: 17 days (7. Sept – 23. Sept 2010)
Costs: 948,68 Euro
Average costs per day: 55,8 Euro
Including: the transport from Vienna to Russia by train
Excluding: costs for the visa, bus ticket from Vladivostok (Russia) to Harbin (China) (56 Euro)
Accommodations: I spent only two nights in a hostel (in Irkutsk) and was couchsurfing or sleeping on the train otherwise.

China:

Travel duration: 27 days (24. Sept – 20. Oct 2010)
Costs: 607,43 Euro
Average costs per day: 22,5 Euro
Including: quality shoes, sunglasses and a shirt (altogether around 30 Euro), bus ticket from Vladivostok to Harbin (56 Euro)
Excluding: costs for the visa for China.
Accommodations: exclusively hostels

Vietnam:

Travel duration: 88 days (21. Oct 2010 – 16. Jan 2011)
Costs: 1230,06 Euro
Average costs per day: 14 Euro
Including: bus ticket from Saigon to Phnom Penh (around 7 Euro), visa for Cambodia, cloths and a small backpack (worth around 30 Euro)
Excluding: costs for the visa for Vietnam
Accommodation: guesthouses and hostels, couchsurfing in Saigon for 5 days

Cambodia:

Travel duration: 16 days (17. Jan – 1. Feb 2011)
Costs: 223,3 Euro
Average costs per day: 14 Euro
Including: bus ticket from Siem Reap to Bangkok (around 6 Euro)
Excluding: costs for the visa for Cambodia
Accommodation: exclusively hostels

Thailand:

Travel duration: 37 days (2. Feb – 10. Mar 2011)
Costs: 607,3 Euro
Average costs per day: 16,4 Euro
Accommodation: exclusively hostels

Sailing trip:

Travel duration: 62 days (11. March – 11. May 2011)
Costs: 1522,18 Euro
Average costs per day: 24,6 Euro
Stops in: Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia
Including: costs for the visa for Indonesia
Accommodation: cabin on a sailing boat (including food)

Australia:

Travel duration: 75 days (12. May – 25. July 2011)
Costs: 3111,58 Euro
Average costs per day: 41,5 Euro
Including: Skydiving for around 310 Euro
Accommodation: couchsurfing for about 3 weeks, free camping for about a week (during a road trip), the rest of the time I stayed in hostels

Return flight:

Travel duration: 9 days (26. Juli – 3. August 2011)
Costs: 1017,97 Euro
Average costs per day: 113,1 Euro
Stops in: Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), London (England)
Including: flight from Melbourne to KL (Air Asia): 237,82 Euro, flight from KL to London (Air Asia): 358,85 Euro, flight from London to Vienna (British Airways): 78,04 Euro
Accommodation: 3 days hostel in KL, 3 days couchsurfing in London, 3 days hotel in London

Total:

Countries: Russia, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, England
Travel duration: 331 days (7. Sept 2010 – 3. August 2011)
Costs: 9268,5 Euro
Average costs per day: 28 Euro

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