Have you ever wondered what it costs to take a long term trip abroad? Maybe somewhere budget friendly and adventurous?
I felt the exact same way until I finally decided to plan and embark on a 3 month trip to South East Asia! You must be wondering how much does it really cost to travel for 3 months.
First let me say that everyone’s budget and lifestyle is different so no trip will ever cost the exact same!
Most often travel is seen as an expensive luxury that is only accessible to the well off. I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way, if you use the right strategies and put the right goals in place I promise that you can travel anywhere in the world!
I travelled for 3 months on a pretty solid budget and was only able to do this by saving and budgeting correctly, it also helped by having a lot of knowledge about the travel industry and previous experience with travelling on a budget.
In this post I’ll give you a detailed breakdown of my budget and how much I spent after travelling for 3 months.
Before we get started, one thing to keep in mind is that I am a slow traveller, therefore I spent long periods of time in one city at a time. This allowed me to keep my costs even lower by not constantly being on the road and incurring more expenses.
Days Spent Travelling = 91
Continents = 2 North America, Asia
Countries = 4
Cities = 9
Plane Rides = 8
Busses & Trains = 16
Accommodation = 11 beds
Airport = 1 night
Airbnb = 9
Hotels = 2
TORONTO TO LA
I didn’t actually spend the entire 3 months in South East Asia, we spent 2 weeks in Los Angeles soaking up the Cali sun and enjoying the vibes of L.A.
This really blew our budget because L.A is not a cheap city to visit.
Toronto to Los Angeles Flight = $200
Accommodation = $966
Food for 2 weeks in L.A = $420
Transportation for 2 weeks = $150
Activities = $230
TOTAL = $1083 per person
LA TO BANGKOK
Our South East Asia adventure officially started when we arrived in Bangkok, during this journey we spent a bit of money on food in the airports.
Other than the cost of flights from L.A we managed to stay within a reasonable budget for a month in Thailand.
Los Angeles To Bangkok Flight = $750 one way
Accommodation = $420
Food = $450
Transportation = $260
Alcohol = $100
Activities = $150
Toiletries = $30
Shopping = $80
TOTAL = $2,240 per person
BANGKOK TO VIENTIANE LAOS
After spending a month in the bustling city of Bangkok we were finally ready to head to a more calm and laid back country, Laos.
We flew into the major city of Vientiane and managed to get a week of free accommodation by staying with my boyfriend’s family.
After a week of free accommodation we stayed at hotels for a few nights in the main part of the city.
We blew a lot of money on purchasing Western-style food but it was so worth it because of the taste of back home I was starting to really miss.
I also did some shopping at the infamous night market, I could have spent days just shopping for super affordable clothes and souvenirs.
You can read a little bit more here to find out how much it actually costs to travel the world full-time.
Bangkok to Vientiane Flight = $125
VISA = $120
Accommodation = $250
Food = $200
Transportation = $60
Activities = $70
Shopping = $30
Offering = $20
Toiletries = $20
TOTAL = $410 per person
VIENTIANE TO VANG VIENG LAOS
Laos is truly an extraordinary country, after days of contemplating we finally decided to travel to Vang Vieng by bus, we were super hesitant because it was rainy season and the region was known for having flooded roads during this time of year but we pushed through our doubts and went on the adventure.
We only spent 80,000 kip for the bus ticket and there were about 8 or 9 other people on the bus.
Our hotel which was infested by tiny spiders was $60 CAD for 4 days and we rented a motorbike and bicycles for transportation for a total of 70,000 kip.
I couldn’t help myself when it came to shopping so I bought a few things at the night market and we treated ourselves to some lovely meals over those few days coming up to $100 CAD for food and $20 on shopping during that time.
The activities were absolutely amazing, we strolled by a blue lagoon and hiked up 100 steps to explore the caves on the side of the mountain.
At the top we met a super nice couple who asked us where we’re from and offered to take photos of us. After all of that we spent a total of $50 on activities.
Bus = $20
Accommodation = $128
Food = $100
Transportation = $20
Shopping = $20
Activities = $50
TOTAL = $338 per person
VANG VIENG TO LUANG PRABANG
After spending a week in Vang Vieng we started our journey towards Luang Prabang. The bus ride was about $15 and it was the most stunning ride I’ve ever taken.
We arrived after a few hours and spent the rest of our time at this super affordable, gorgeous villa just outside the main part of the city for $127 for two weeks. It had a pool, balcony and an amazing continental breakfast everyday.
We spent a lot of money on food but didn’t pay for many activities to balance it out. We mostly relaxed in Luang Prabang and enjoyed hanging by the pool.
Transportation = $20
Accommodation = $127
Food = $250
Activities = $30
TOTAL = $213 per person
LUANG PRABANG TO BANGKOK
We departed from Luang Prabang airport with sadness and made our way to the last stop of our adventure.
We arrived in Bangkok, found a cheap place to stay and explored more of the city by foot with the money we had left over.
After spending our last two weeks in Bangkok we were finally ready to head home!
Flight = $250
Transportation = $80
Accommodation = $205
Food = $250
Shopping = $20
Activites = $30
Toiletries = $30
TOTAL = $417 per person
TOTAL SPENT = $5,301 per person
This is the final total including all of flights and our flight back to Toronto which was $600 per person. We also spent a night on a layover in Manila, Philippines which costed us an additional $50 per person.
This doesn’t include pre travel expenses which would be about an additional $500.
We could have spent a lot less money by booking our accommodation further in advance and by spending less on food by staying at places with a kitchen. Given that the price includes all flights and 2 weeks in LA, we managed to stay within a pretty decent budget.
After 3 months we decided to fly back home to continue planning the next steps of our lives.
It was truly a once in a lifetime experience and I’m so grateful to have gone on this journey.
I can definitely say I learned a lot but, the biggest lesson was to not have any expectations when embarking on a new journey. I had been planning this trip for years in my head and it went nothing like I expected! It was even better.
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