Budget: Myanmar (Burma)

This is one of our Budget series of posts to give you an idea of how much we spent traveling around the world. Here we will look at Myanmar. Check our posts to see what kind of activities we did and where we stayed!

In Myanmar we used the kyat. We converted to US dollars using the current conversion rates at the time of our visit. It was approximately 1000 kyat to 1 dollars. Businesses used this as a flat rate, though the real rate at the time was more like 1,300 kyat to $1.

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Total Spent (18 days): $1304.72

Accommodation: $495.32

We stayed in a variety of accommodations: some hotels, some hostels, one dorm room. Everywhere we stayed included breakfast and drinkable water.

Activities: $202.59

Activities are quite affordable in Myanmar. We did several day tours, both in boats and cars. This included entrance and camera fees to all pagodas as well as a few museums. We also did a puppet show!

Alcohol: $28.65

Overall, beer is quite reasonably priced in Myanmar. You can normally get a large bottle of beer for under $2. We also visited a winery and had a couple of glasses of wine!

Food: $170.95

Food was wonderfully inexpensive in Myanmar. You could get a good meal with drink for under $10. You can also do it even cheaper if you are a little braver than we are: if you ate street food from stalls then it would be even more affordable. We didn’t as almost every person we met who had was sick. Though, we did hear of one friend recently who had no problems!

Miscellaneous: $40.02

This included a several souvenirs, several bathroom fees, a laundry, and a few exchange transactions.

Transportation: $267.19

This included a variety of taxis and buses. The biggest cost was a boat ride from Mandalay to Bagan which was $80!

Visas: $100

We purchased visas online prior to arriving using the new online purchase tool for tourist visas. It was more expensive than it would have been in person in Bangkok, but a fraction of the time.

This divides out to $72.48/day which is under our $100/day budget. It is not as low as we were hoping for time in Asia, though we knew Myanmar would not be the cheapest country in Asia due to the visa fees and the relatively high cost of accommodation. 

Budget: Ireland

This is one of our Budget series of posts to give you an idea of how much we spent traveling around the world. Here we will look at Ireland. Check our posts to see what kind of activities we did and where we stayed!

In Ireland we used the euro. We converted to US dollars using the current conversion rates at the time of our visit. It was approximately 1 euro to 1.24 dollars – down since our visits to other euro countries!

Total Spent (3 days): $596.65

Accommodation: $185

We stayed in a private room in someone’s townhouse through Airbnb. This was the cheapest option but still quite pricey!

Activities: $165.29

We did more activities in our few days here than we normally would have since we felt like there was a lot we wanted to see! This included the Hop-On Hop-Off bus, the Guinness Storehouse, Kilmainhaim Gaol, Book of Kells and our two walking tours.

Alcohol: $57.10

Since we were back in an area with lots of interesting tasting beers, we took advantage and bought many pints of beer. This total came from pints of beer bought in various pubs, plus one hot brandy. Beer, while easy to find, was quite expensive; expect to pay at least 5 euros for a pint!

Food: $121.33

We knew that food would be expensive, so we tried to only eat out once a day. We bought some sandwich supplies and fruit for inexpensive breakfasts and lunches.

Miscellaneous: $29.08

We bought a couple of Christmas gifts to bring home

Transportation: $38.85

This cost only includes our fares on the local Dublin buses, which was the easiest way for us to get from our accommodations to the Dublin city center. In general, we were unimpressed with the Dublin bus system, because the fares seemed high and you had to pay with exact change in coins (no pre-purchase available).

This divides out to $198.88/day which is DOUBLE our $100/day budget!! However, we knew going into our visit that we would go over, since we wanted to do a lot of things in a short amount of time. (This, by the way, illustrates why we didn’t plan to spend a lot of time in western Europe during our trip.)

This is what was so darn expensive!

This is what was so darn expensive!

Budget: Turkey

This is one of our Budget series of posts to give you an idea of how much we spent traveling around the world. Here we will look at Turkey. Check our posts to see what kind of activities we did and where we stayed!

*Note: We are writing this budget post for the time we spent in Turkey after the visit from Della’s family. This budget does not include what we spent with them. Keep in mind, on that note, that it does not include some of the most famous tourist attractions in Turkey.

In Turkey we used the lira. We converted to US dollars using the current conversion rates at the time of our visit. It was approximately 1 lira to 0.44 dollars.

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Total Spent (14 days): $1065.16

Accommodation: $357.50

We stayed in several pensions, one hostel in a dorm, and an airbnb apartment.

Activities: $103.91

This included entrances to a few sites, a couple of museums, and a Turkish hamam.

Alcohol: $31.73

This includes wine and beer purchased mostly at corner markets and grocery stores. Alcohol was relatively expensive in Turkey and not as easy to find as several of the other countries we visited.

Food: $314.96

We did not do a lot of cooking in Turkey except in Istanbul. We normally ate out once to twice a day. Luckily, breakfasts were almost always included with our accommodation.

Miscellaneous: $86.49

This is high for our miscellaneous costs. It included some souvenirs and Christmas gifts. We bought much more than we might have because we knew we were returning to the USA for the holidays so we weren’t as worried about buying things.

Transportation: $129.18

This included many buses and even a plane ticket! It was so nice to be back in a place where transportation was affordable!

Visas: $41.40

Turkey was one of the few countries that required a visa purchased in advance. It was easy though, just an online purchase!

This divides out to $76.08/day which is under our $100/day budget. However, it does not include the bigger tourist site attractions that we did with Della’s family during our first stay in Istanbul.

*We chose not to include the time spent with families in our country budget because it becomes harder to give an accurate version of how much it costs to visit the area. First, we are more than a couple so accommodation prices change a bit. We also end up traveling a bit faster when we are with them so we spend a bit more than we might chose to if we were traveling alone. In addition, our parents sometimes play the “parent card” and cover expenses that we would have paid for ourselves, so it just gets complicated! However, when we update our overall expenses and complete average per day of the whole trip we will include absolutely everything we’ve spent.

Budget: Greece

This is one of our Budget series of posts to give you an idea of how much we spent traveling around the world. Here we will look at Greece. Check our posts to see what kind of activities we did and where we stayed!

*Note: We are writing this budget post before we meet Della’s family in Athens. This budget does not include what we will spend with them. Keep in mind, on that note, that it does not include some of the most famous tourist attractions in Athens.

In Greece we used the euro. We converted to US dollars using the current conversion rates at the time of our visit. It was approximately 1 euro to 1.3 dollars.

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Total Spent (24 days): $2277.71

Accommodation: $985.72

We stayed in mostly hotels here in Greece as hostels do not seem to be around much. We also stayed in a couple of Airbnbs. We also got one of those for free due to an Airbnb coupon.

Activities: $143

This included many museums and ancient archaeological sites and 1 Zumba class.

Alcohol: $46.93

Our alcohol category does not include alcohol that we buy with food. We bought several bottles of wine and some Greek liquor.

Food: $595.64

Food here felt a lot more expensive than Albania. We ate out occasionally, though many times we brought stuff back to our hotel room to eat/cooked at our apartment.

Miscellaneous: $68.84

This included a large trip to the laundromat, a semi-large souvenir, some postcards and mailing them, some toiletries and other necessities.

Transportation: $437.58

This is a big one here. We traveled exclusively by bus (though ended up having to take 2 taxis due to buses not running where/when we thought they would). We stayed in 7 cities in Greece and had to travel between them, sometimes taking multiple expensive buses in a day. We also did day trips to archaeological sites by bus.

This divides out to $94.90/day which is (just barely) under our $100/day budget. Phew.

In case you are curious, we have done an average over the course of our entire trip and have come to $105.85/day. We are excited about this because it has come down every month (given that we started with our safari and over $200/day). Hopefully as we head to Asia in the next months, we will go even lower and end the trip under budget! 

Budget: Albania

This is one of our Budget series of posts to give you an idea of how much we spent traveling around the world. Here we will look at Albania. Check our posts to see what kind of activities we did and where we stayed!

In Albania we used the lek. We converted to US dollars using the current conversion rates at the time of our visit. It was approximately 100 lek to 1 dollar.

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Total Spent (11 days): $621.01

Accommodation: $294.32

We stayed in 4 different places in Albania: 2 dorm rooms, 1 dorm room by ourselves, and 1 private room at a resthouse/hostel.

Activities: $49.50

This included 2 walking tours, several museums, and the archaeological site of Butrint.

Alcohol: $20.61

Our alcohol category does not include alcohol that we buy with food. We bought several bottles of beer at different hostels and even some raki (Albanian brandy)!

Food: $185.25

We did almost no cooking in Albania. We really enjoyed the Albanian cuisine which was tasty, filling, and overall, really cheap! Luckily, every one of our accommodations included breakfast!

Miscellaneous: $4.59

This includes postcards and laundry.

Transportation: $66.74

We traveled to 4 different cities in Albania and we are pleased that this is so low. We traveled by bus and furgon (minibus). We did not pay for any transport within any of the cities, only transport between them.

This divides out to $56.46/day which is our lowest per day budget yet. Albania is a great place to travel cheaply! 

 

 

 

 

 

Budget: Montenegro

This is one of our Budget series of posts to give you an idea of how much we spent traveling around the world. Here we will look at Montenegro. Check our posts to see what kind of activities we did and where we stayed!

In Montenegro we used the euro. We converted to US dollars using the current conversion rates at the time of our visit. It was approximately 1.3 dollars to 1 euro.

Total Spent (6 days): $471.77

Accommodation: $244.40

We stayed in an apartment that we found on Booking.com. We liked it a lot which is why we ended up staying for so long!

Activities: $29.90

This included the entrance fees to climbing the fortress in Kotor and the bell tower in Perast as well as Zumba classes.

Alcohol: $10.60

Our alcohol category does not include alcohol that we buy with food, so this includes a bottle of wine and beers in Perast.

Food: $91.58

We cooked at home for almost every meal during our stay in Kotor. We had one dinner out after we climbed the fortress. This also includes any alcohol we purchased with our groceries.

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Miscellaneous: $23.79

This included postcards, mailing postcards, a bathroom stop, and Eric’s haircut.

Transportation: $71.50

This included buses around Montenegro and from there into Albania. This is higher than it would have been because we ended up having to taxi into Albania because we were told that the buses weren’t running due to a holiday.

This divides out to $71.63/day which is under our $100/day budget!

 

 

 

 

 

Budget: Hungary

This is one of our Budget series of posts to give you an idea of how much we spent traveling around the world. Here we will look at Hungary. Check our posts to see what kind of activities we did and where we stayed!

In Hungary we used forint. We converted to US dollars using the current conversion rates at the time of our visit. It was approximately 240 forint to one dollar.

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Total Spent (8 days): $767.77

We normally break down into the following categories:

Accommodation: $284.85

We stayed in two hostels in Budapest: one dorm and one private room host. We stayed in a pension in Eger.

Activities: $186.81

We did three free tours in Budapest and tipped for them all. We visited the Szechenyi baths in Budapest which was somewhat pricey. We also experienced our first Escape Room game in Eger in addition to entering a few museums and other sights.

Alcohol: $34.50

We did a Pub Tour in Budapest and wine tasting in the Valley of Beautiful Women so this is a little higher than other locations. We also purchased a few bottles of wine.

Food: $199.91

We think we ate out one to one and half times a day. We did not cook as many times as in other locations.

Miscellaneous: $5.25

We purchased a few post cards, public bathrooms, and one souvenir.

Transportation: $136.46

We took a few metros and trams in Budapest which were not super cheap, but quite convenient. Our big transportation expenses were train tickets to and from Eger and then a long train ride from Budapest to Zagreb to meet Della’s parents!

This divides out to $95.97/day which, thankfully, is just under our $100/day budget. 

Budget: Slovakia

This is one of our Budget series of posts to give you an idea of how much we spent traveling around the world. Here we will look at Slovakia. Check our posts to see what kind of activities we did and where we stayed!

In Slovakia we used the Euro. We converted to US dollars using the current conversion rates at the time of our visit. It was approximately 1.3 euro to one dollar.

Total Spent (7 days): $564.55

We normally break down into the following categories:

Accommodation: $268.72

We stayed at one hostel in a dorm, one pension, and one AirBnb.

Activities: $31.68

We didn’t have many activity expenses this month! We stayed in the mountains and did hiking which was free. This included tips on a free walking tour in Bratislava, entrance to Spis Castle, and a fee to visit a church in Levoca.

Food: $165.02

We ate out approximately 1 to 2 meals per day. The hostel that we stayed in for some of these days provided breakfast.

Miscellaneous: $8.18

This included buying postcards and our Zumba class.

Transportation: $90.94

We traveled by buses and trains.

This divides out to $80.65/day which, thankfully, is under our $100/day budget. Yay!

 

Budget: Poland

This is one of our Budget series of posts to give you an idea of how much we spent traveling around the world. Here we will look at Poland. Check our posts to see what kind of activities we did and where we stayed!

In Poland we used złoty. We converted to US dollars using the current conversion rates at the time of our visit. It was approximately 3 złoty to one dollar.

Total Spent (5 days): $425.96

We normally break down into the following categories:

Accommodation: $158.37

We stayed at one hostel in a dorm.

Activities: $86.78

This included the entrance fees to the various museums and important sites that we visited. More than half of this cost was visiting the Wieliczka Salt Mines. Everything else we chose to do was much less expensive or even free!

Alcohol: $8.83

Food: $104.09

We ate out approximately 1 meal a day. Breakfast was provided by our hostel.

Miscellaneous: $13.69

This included postcards, stamps, and bathrooms.

Transportation: $50.72

We traveled exclusively by bus in Poland.

This divides out to $85.19/day which, thankfully, is under our $100/day budget. Yay!

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Budget: South Africa

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This is one of our Budget series of posts to give you an idea of how much we spent traveling around the world. Here we will look at South Africa. Check our posts to see what kind of activities we did and where we stayed!

In South Africa we used South African Rand. We converted to US dollars using the current conversion rates at the time of our visit. It was approximately 10 rand to one dollar.

Total Spent (16 days): $1380.23

This does not include the days spent on our self-drive safari.

We normally break down into the following categories:

Accommodation: $550.11

We stayed only at hostels in South Africa.

Activities: $344.75

This included the various tours as well as entrance fees to sights that we took in Joburg and Cape Town.

Alcohol: $34.29

Food: $299.49

We ate out only a little in South Africa. We mostly bought food from the supermarket and cooked our own meals at hostels.

Miscellaneous: $23.24

This included laundry, stamps, and souvenirs.

This divides out to $86.26/day which, thankfully, is under our $100/day budget. Yay!