I love reading people's travel budgets when they post them online. It can really give an idea of what is possible and that things aren't always as expensive as you'd think. But mostly, I'm a huge sticky beak and love looking at other people's finances.
So, in the interests of fair play and also for my own records, I thought I'd do a monthly budget summary while I'm travelling. This month I'm showing my pre-departure expenses. I think I've included everything. I've prepaid a lot of my accommodation because I'm hyper-organised and like to have those kinds of things sorted but I figure should be included in my monthly expenses.
Things of note:
If you know anything about Australian geography, you might look at those figures and ask why it costs nearly as much to fly from Tasmania to Melbourne, a flight which is like five minutes in the air, as it does to fly Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur, a flight of over 8 hours.
And you'd be right to ask that. The answer is that REX airlines are a bunch of rip-off merchants and Tasmania, which pays so much lip service to attracting tourism has an inadequate transport system that makes it impossible for me to travel to Launceston to get a flight for the sale price of $35 instead.
I could've actually gotten the Melbourne - KL flight cheaper if I'd been patient and waited for a sale.
Pre-booking trains in Europe seems to be the way to go. It kills spontaneity but paying 3 or 4 times more for the same trip kills my budget and I'm not really a spontaneous person.
I've never got vaccinations for a trip overseas since I went to SE Asia years ago but I figured I might as well do it while I'm still in Australia. I'd been long overdue for a tetanus shot (my old doctor said you don't need to update them but my current doctor said you do) and I figured a Hep B course would be worthwhile.
* I'd be paying this for medication if I didn't travel so it's not really a travel expense but this way, I'm paying it in one hit.
The Geneva - Dubrovnik trip I booked on a whim because I wanted to do the Game of Thrones tour! Even though I'm doing it just before I leave Europe, it was cheaper to leave my stuff in Geneva and catch the train from there to Milan than it was for checked-in luggage on Easy Jet!
That's actually much more money that I'd thought I'd spent but I feel like I'm pretty well sorted. My monthly budget will be around $2000 on top of that. I think it's pretty reasonable compared to living costs in Australia -- around $14,000 for 6 months.