Yes, you can. So many travel guides just give a simple one-size-fits-all answer to how much it costs to travel the world, so I thought I’d break it down into more details.
From August 13th to September 22nd, I flew around the world and stopped in six destinations in forty days. With an average of eight days in each destination (excluding Dubai) and staying in the same relative level of comfort, as my trip came to an end I was in a good position to gauge the cost of traveling in a wide spectrum of destinations.
Before I left, I’d researched the cost of travel in all of these destinations, and wrote a comprehensive assessment of how much I thought it’d cost in each place. Turns out, I wasn’t too far off (although I made some gross under- and over-estimations).I didn’t include costs for some things, like beer or coffee,because I figured those were luxuries I would pay for personally, and I drink both alcohol and caffeine a little excessively back home anyway.
Here’s a look back at my estimated daily budget for each destination, compared to the actual budget (and a couple brief notes on each destination). My estimated budget is in the middle, and what I actually spent is in the far right column.
This is based on a 50/50 rate of staying in hostel dorms and private hotel rooms, three solid meals a day, and the most cost- and time-efficient transport to whatever I wanted to see.
You’ll notice that I was able to break some things down to the penny, but others (like food or taxis) were cash purchases in local currency so it was a little harder to keep track of all the little $0.50 tuk-tuk rides. I simply averaged these out to what a normal day might entail. Regardless, the destination total per day takes even the cash expenditures into account, thus some of the disparity.