So how much did it cost for us to travel through SE Asia for 5 months? Here’s an overview of different expenses from equipment to air tickets, all for 2 people.
- Equipment (backpacks, travel guides, shoes, phone etc) – most of the things in this category are not necessary or can already be found at home but we spent in total 521€
- Visas, passports and travel insurance (Visas were needed for Thailand and Indonesia) – in total 670€
- Plane tickets (We had all in all 13 flights, thanks to a great contact we managed to get all tickets for extremely reasonable prices!) – 1727€
- Vaccinations – 147€
- Accommodation – 2356€
- Groceries, transport, eating out, entrance fees, shopping and other everyday expenses – 3729€
Everything summed up it comes to 9150€! And about 1830€ per month or 915€ per person per month. Which is actually really reasonable and you could definitely skip some costs if you leave out the equipment part and use less flights. In addition you can also save on everyday costs and still live quite nicely!
Of course you can also spend 2x or even 10x or 100x as much, it’s totally up to you but the fact is that living in SE Asia is relatively inexpensive compared to many parts of the world.
If to leave out Singapore and Japan the cost of living is very roughly the same everywhere in the places we visited. If you like I have a more specific Excel file on our budget that I’m more than happy to share!
I recommend this kind of trip to everyone who has the opportunity! There’s a huge world waiting to be discovered and in order to see some things you just have to spend a little more time in any location. Savor the moments, embrace the journey and just enjoy!
Tomorrow I’ll review briefly the places we stayed during our trip. Here’s the video of Narita to finish this post! Wish you all the best!
“If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet”