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”
Keeping today’s post short – here are the last videos of Bali. In total already 28 videos and 105 minutes of playtime from our SE Asia trip 🙂
Time is flying really fast and very soon we need to start thinking about packing and heading back home… It’s actually pretty hard to believe that it has been already 5 months! But time goes on and new adventures await! Before traveling back home we will have a 2-day stop in Japan where we plan to discover a small town called Narita. More about that later in the blog 🙂
Tomorrow I will post the last 2 videos of Bali.
Sending warmth and sunshine ;)!
I’m a true believer in constant development and self-education. The world around us is just so huge, filled with most interesting and bizarre things. Thanks to the invention of internet basically all the data and any information that you’ll ever need is just a few clicks away. There are numerous articles, movies, audios and much more hidden in the vastness of the world wide web. One of the most popular sites is definitely YouTube which is once again filled with countless videos and channels. Today I’m going to point out 3 different channels that, if you are fascinated by everything around and inside us, provide some exhaustion to the never-ending fire of learning. I’ve been following Ted-Ed and Kurzgesagt for years and recently I also discovered the sublimely delivered “It’s okay to be smart”. Sometimes I get a bit too carried away and watch dozens of videos in a row. It’s really a very useful way of spending time compared to many other things but the downside is that by the time you’re at the 5th clip you don’t remember what the 1st one was about :). So I recommend watching a few videos at once and then watching them one more time to really collect all the new information learned. Go and see for yourself! And don’t forget to subscribe!
Yesterday I had my first surfing experience while visiting a friend at Balian beach. As I’ve written before surfing here is really popular and board rentals and coaches are to be found everywhere. After a small consideration we decided to just rent a board for the first time, to get at least some sort of feeling with it. First and foremost I can say that it’s really exhausting and a very good all-body exercise! We rented 1 board and shared it but already with 1 hour we were both quite worn out. Although from a professional surfer’s viewpoint the waves were next to nothing for us they were huge and quite a significant amount of energy was needed to battle them. In some way it reminded my sledding – you have fun for a small amount of time when you’re on the board/sledge and the rest 90% you’re climbing the mountain or fighting with the waves 🙂 At least it’s like that for a beginner. Either way after some time it kinda grows on you and we found ourselves moving towards the waves again and again. A lot of times we fell of the board, got carried away with the board, got hit by the board or scratched ourselves with the sand in the lower water but I’m pretty sure soon we will try it again :). Standing up on the board is still miles away but it would be great to achieve it someday 🙂
Secondly we finally ate durian – the famous fruit that is really popular in SE Asia and what has a special distinctive smell. You really have to smell it yourself since it’s difficult to describe it but it can definitely be said that it’s not good. The texture is also pretty weird, it looks like something that has gone bad a few days ago and the taste itself is.. well it’s not as bad as the smell but it’s not good either. But still a lot of locals are huge fans of this fruit and eat it often. I guess it’s just the similar case as we have blood sausages or sauerkraut back home – something going deep into traditions. We managed to ate only a small amount of the whole thing, the rest was taken care of by a massive army of ants. At least they seemed to be happy 🙂
You can have a closer look to both of these things and more from the 5th video we’ve made in Bali. Enjoy :)!
Time flies really fast and we’ve been in Bali already for 2,5 weeks. There’s so many things we’ve already done and so many things yet to do :). We’ve tried to capture most of our adventures here in Bali with a camera and there will definitely be several videos coming after this one. I have some interesting longer posts coming in the next few days so I’m keeping this one short. Here’s our 4th video from Bali 🙂
GoPro has been our true companion throughout our adventures in SE Asia. And hopefully it will also be that for many years to come :). I really like making photos but there’s just so much more liveliness in videos and they really take you back to those great moments. There will definitely be some more clips of Bali and Tokyo but I decided to combine all I’ve made so far into one post so you could easily reach them :). Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the places we’ve been! Enjoy :)!
As I already mentioned in the last post renting a scooter is a must since the distances in here are noticeable. In order to get from one side of the island to the other it can take up to 4-5 hours without the crazy traffic that you’ll encounter around Kuta, Denpasar and other bigger areas. With a car it probably takes much longer because of the already mentioned traffic + in some places roads are really not roads and unless you’re in a 4×4 there’s just no way to pass. And be very careful in junctions since there are no rules. If a big enough mass gathers it’s your time to go. Be sure to look left, right, behind, ahead and down because there will be surprises coming from each direction :)! If to compare it with Phuket, the other place with notoriously horrible traffic, I think that this place is a bit worse, especially during rush hours. But you’ll get used to that :)!
Secondly be sure to carry cash everywhere you go. Since in almost every beach, temple and tourist object there is a small fee for parking your scooter + a fee per person to enter the area. Sometimes these two fees can be combined but you can be sure that someone will ask you a small amount of money :). Usually it’s about 2000-3000 for parking a scooter and entrance tickets can be from 2000 to 10000 with prices going up to 60000 in most popular tourist attractions. I get all that but what seems a bit weird is that even if you want to go to McDonalds or just a walk in the park for example, even there they’ll charge you for parking :). I don’t know from where this kind of tradition has come from but it’s just easier to get used to it!
Petrol/gasoline is really inexpensive (about ~0,53€ per liter) here. You can find it being sold almost everywhere in small home-made gas stations and in old liquor bottles on wooden shelves by the road. It comes in different colors 🙂 but as I’ve been told the only thing that they differ from is the price and an average scooter drinks almost about everything.
Since there are sadly a huge number of stray dogs roaming on the streets you have to be really careful about them also. In addition quite often you can meet just standing in the middle of the street: cats, chickens, rats, lizards, cows, geese, turkeys and a huge variety of other unknown animals :).
I hope you found some value in these tips! Meanwhile here’s the second video of Bali. Go and have a look!
This time my video editing software was not a friend of mine. For reasons still unknown (most likely some of the clips were damaged for some reason) it kept crashing and crashing no matter what I did. After several attempts I finally managed to put together 2 clips of our adventures here in Jakarta (although it was meant as 1 video in the beginning). There are still some wierd glitches here and there but since I couldn’t find the issue I still decided to publish them. Go and have a look for yourself 🙂
All the best!
Although at the time when this post is published we are already at Singapore here is the second video of the fabolous city of KL. Enjoy :)!