We wanted to start this post by fighting some preconceived ideas, about the travel budget:
- Traveling around the world is doable for any budget: no, you don’t need to have €20,000 of savings to travel! You can quite easily travel on a small budget, using alternatives to very expensive air tickets and pricey hotels.
- Getting paid to travel is a utopia: sorry to make you stop dreaming, but we really want to warn you against these scams that promise to pay you while making you travel to heavenly destinations. It’s a utopia.
- Earning money while traveling is possible, under certain conditions: and pay attention to the country’s regulations regarding working/volunteering on the spot!
To give you a more precise idea, before our adventure, we spent half as much as the average of the French:
- in terms of food (organic and local, in addition!) thanks to the farmer fruit and vegetable provisioning – and our willingness to cook all meals, from breakfast to dinner
- thanks to the savings made on the electricity bill: switching off water heater during a long absence, heating in winter only if necessary, etc..
And then, as we are used to say, it’s all a matter of priorities in life: we have made the trip our own! And to make the pleasure of traveling last longer, we also looked for other economic tips such as signing up for an account in a bank with no fees. If you want to finance a long trip and start saving money, it’s advisable to create a table of daily expenses in order to quickly identify the most expensive cost items and those that can be reduced. It’s very visual, and it allows you to quickly adjust your future expenses!
Most of them are of course optional, but we have decided to protect ourselves as much as possible – as we explain in this post.
Some (expensive) treatments required to be retrieved such as mosquito nets, bandages, chlorinated tablets or anti-malaria treatment…
During the entire duration of our trip, we are covered by a “World Tour” type travel insurance covering medical expenses, repatriation if necessary and civil liability (if you commit damage). We agree: 400 to 500€/person, it’s a big amount of money… but an expense that proved to be essential, when Margaux had her accident in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
(price in 2016 for 2)
In the first year of our trip, we chose to register on the workaway website to contact potential hosts and carry out volunteer missions abroad – few hours of work in exchange of accommodation and meals.
While we did not regret this choice at the beginning, with no less than 7 missions carried out throughout Europe and Turkey, we decided not to renew our subscription after. This choice was motivated by the unreasonable increase of the site’s prices and the possibility of finding reliable contacts free of charge via other platforms.
These expenses do not take into account the cost of the equipment, clothes and bags we took: we already had with us most of the items (clothes, equipment) and our friends/families gifted us the remaining part (thanks again to them!).
- Transport budget. By leaving France without a plane and by hitchhiking, we saved a lot of money. In reality, our only transport expenses are for buses, metros, ferries in large cities where it’s very difficult to stop a car…
- Accommodation budget. When we don’t sleep under the stars or in our tent, we are almost always accommodated by locals. In almost 2 years of adventure, we had to pay about ten times for accommodation (often a double room in a hotel, which was cheaper than two beds in a dormitory in an inn).
* price / day / person
Experience from 20th October 2016 – to 16th December 2016
Experience from 16th December 2016 – to 16th January 2017
Experiences from 16th January to 17th February 2017 and from 15th March to 31st March 2017
Experience from 17th February – to 22nd February 2017
Experience from 22th February – to 15th March 2017
Experience from 31st March – to 23rd April 2017
Experience from 23rd April – to 03rd May 2017
Experience from 03rd May – to 19th May 2017
Experience from 19th May to 01st August 2017
Experience from 01st August – to 14th Septembre 2017
Experience from 14th September – to 19th November 2017
Experience from 20th May – to 20th June 2018
Experience from 20th June – to 11th October 2018, and from 26th October to 28th October 2018
Experience from 11th October – to 26th October 2018
Experience from 28th October – to 28th December 2018
Experience from 12th January 2019 – to 01st February 2019
Experience from 28th December 2018 – to 12 January 2019, and from 01st February to 03rd March 2019
Experience from 03rd March 2019 – to 20th March 2019
Experience from 20th March – to 01st April 2019
Experience from 01st April – to 31st May 2019
Experience from 27th April – to 29th April 2019
Experience from 20th June – to 27th December 2019
How to avoid money issues and bank fees?
* Post written according to our personal experience *