It is much more difficult to predict how much you will spend
during the actual trip. It depends on the destination, the number
of travelers in your party, personal requirements etc. But there
are, however, a couple of rules-of-thumb that may help you find a
level that suits your needs.
- It's always less expensive to travel with others than it is to
travel on your own. A couple's expenses are only 50% percent higher
than the expenses of someone travelling on his/her own.
- Living expenses differ hugely around the world. In Japan an
orange costs about the same as a cheap hotel room with breakfast in
India. Make sure to alternate expensive destinations (North
America, Europe, Russia, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific
Islands and great parts of the Caribbean Islands) with cheap
destinations (South East Asia, India, China, South America and
Mexico). Africa can be both extremely inexpensive and ridiculously
expensive - depending on which country and region you're in.
- In the cheapest countries you can get by for only
about 15-20 Euros a day including transportation, while in the
most expensive countries, and especially in the major cities,
minimum expenses go up to around 70-100 Euros a day.
- It costs money to travel from place to place - a good old
KILROY rule-of-thumb is that a day spent travelling from one place
to another costs twice as much as a day spent in the same
- You can also choose to work during your trip, and thus
contribute to your budget. Generally speaking, though, it makes
more sense for us Northern Europeans to work and save up money from
home than to work during our trip because the wages are lower in
many countries abroad. On the other hand, it goes without saying
that the experience of working abroad is so much greater than
saving up money at home. Remember, it's about being
Minimum 1100 Euros per month
Overall, our travel experiences tell us that a backpacker trip
costs around 1100-1600 Euros per month. These prices include
everything - that is, your expenses before the trip, as well as
living expenses and activities during your trip. This is, of
course, a general estimate since the selection of countries and
personal habits vary a great deal from person to person and have a
tremendous effect on the overall budget. But for these sums you
should be able to backpack your way comfortably around the world
and have a trip filled with good and adventurous experiences.