You can spend less money travelling than you do at home

Spend less money travelling

Some people believe travel is expensive and restricted to the elite. I am here to prove to you that it isn’t, travel is something that any of us can afford to do.

To prove this to you, I am going to break down my weekly expenses at home and my general weekly expenses abroad. Keep in mind, I am a budget traveller (to the extreme) so your expenses may vary.  I am also going to share ways you can extend your trip without increasing your budget.

My weekly expenses at home

I try to keep my living expenses to a minimum. Even doing so, this is roughly what I spend each week.

Rent: $190 per week

Food and coffee: Approx $150 per week

Internet: $10 per week

Mobile: $15 per week

Electricity: Approx $15 per week

Petrol: $60 + per week

Car expenses (rego, insurance, tires, servicing etc):  Approx $40

Nights out with friends etc: $100

Total standard weekly expenses = Approximately $580

spend less money travelling

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My weekly expenses abroad (Asia)

Now weekly expenses abroad will vary depending on the country that you are travelling around and your travel style. I am calculating these expenses as a budget traveller in Asia.

Accommodation: $20 per night in a hostel/ budget hotel = $140 per week

Food: $20 per day = $140 per week

Transport and tours: $200 per week for local and domestic travel (I personally don’t do tours unless they are essential and I choose to travel slowly which saves $$).

Travel Insurance: $20 per week roughly

Total weekly expenses: $500.00

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My weekly expenses abroad (Canada/ USA)

These expenses are calculated as a budget traveller in a country like Canada or America.

Accommodation: $30 per night in a hostel = $210 per week

Food: $200 per week

Transport and tours: $200 per week for local and domestic travel (I personally don’t do tours unless they are essential and I choose to travel slow which saves $$).

Travel Insurance: $20 per week roughly

Total weekly expenses: $630.00

You can see that I spend the same amount of money at home each week as I would do on the road. The key difference is that you generally won’t have an income as you travel. So what can you do extend your trip without increasing your budget?

You can afford to travel

See more from my road trip down the West Coast of America

Tips for extending your trip without increasing your budget

Check out my post on three ways to stretch your budget

Travel to cheaper countries – You will get a lot further in Asia or Central America than you will in Europe

Volunteer for accommodation and food – many hostels offer this as a program and this is my go to when I am running low on funds but don’t want to go home.

Go on a working holiday – My favourite way to travel. There are so many benefits of a working holiday. 

WWOOF – A program that offers accommodation and food in return for a few hours of work on a farm each day.

Buy a car and road trip/camp: In 2014 I lived out of a car for around 3 months while I explored Canada and America. This allowed me to see so much more yet spend so much less as our car was our accommodation. At the end of the road trip, we sold the car for the same price that we purchased it for. Win win. This is my preferred way to travel, but something I would suggest doing with a partner or friend as opposed to solo.

What are your tips for extending your holiday?

You may also be interested in my post on how to save money for travel

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