The Lost Girls RTW Budget: Part 1Finances & Savings, Leaving & Coming Home, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Passports & Visas — By Jen B on July 1, 2007 at 2:21 am
When it comes to The Lost Girls’ RTW trip, there are definitely certain questions that tend to pop up time and time again from family, friends, fellow travel enthusiasts and, well, pretty much everyone. Are the countries we’re visiting safe? (Statistically most of our destinations are much safer than my hometown city of Washington D.C. Sad, but true!). How did we pack everything for an entire year in one backpack? (Simple! We ditched most of our girlie gear, like high heels and cute clothes, and resigned ourselves to wearing the same 4-5 outfits for 365 days straight!). Do we ever fight? (Only when we’re very hungry!).
But what tends to stoke people’s curiosity, above anything else, is:
“How the heck did we afford to hit the road for so long and how much did we spend?”
As you may have gathered from our previous entries, there’s not much that The Lost Girls aren’t willing to share with our blog readers (Umm, remember that time we described getting â€˜samples’ taken at a Kenyan hospital to make sure we didn’t have a parasite? Or admitted to sliding face first in the mud during a trek in Sapa, Vietnam?). So, in keeping with the spirit of honesty, we’re going to let you in on our biggest â€˜secret’ of all…(drum roll, please)…”Our trip was probably not as expensive as you’d think!”
Blog Readers: “We’re not convinced”
The Lost Girls: “Seriously! We’re telling the truth”
Blog Readers: “Umm, still not sure we believe you”
The Lost Girls: “Really, we swear on our dirty backpacks that we’re being honest”
Blog Readers: “OK, proof it”
The Lost Girls: “Our pleasure…”
A while back, we actually did post a “How We Paid For Everything” blog (currently on our sidebar), which offered a glimpse into our personal finances and how we secured enough â€˜Benjamins’ to take a spin around the entire globe for a year. However, as we near the end of our trip (sniff, sniff!), we feel like it’d be a greater service to you, the readers, if we took this seemingly popular topic a step further and gave you exactly what you probably wanted in the first place – a detailed breakdown of our RTW budget.
As the designated Lost Girls’ math geek (Holly and Amanda make fun of all my Excel spreadsheets, but I know there really just jealous! ), I actually got a bit of an adrenaline rush from crunching our travel data and compiling the below statistics (thanks LG fans for giving me an excuse to do all this!). So grab a comfy seat and a bowl of popcorn and get ready to be dazzled as we reveal our down and dirty figures for everything from visas, flights, vaccines and gear to food, entertainment, intra-country transport and accommodations. For your reading pleasure, I’ve also included a few behind-the-scenes secrets as well as bonus features (can you tell that I’m a film geek too?) like: Savvy Savings Tips and A Week at Disney World vs. A Week in the Life of a Lost Girl
Now, sit back, relax and enjoy the show!!
“The Lost Girls’ RTW Budget”
Presented by: www.lostgirlsworld.com
Made possible in part by: Jen, Holly and Amanda’s credit card receipts, bank statements and uncanny ability to blow through cash
Production Notes: Since the below budget is unique to our RTW adventure – one that covered four continents/a dozen + countries and spanned an entire year – we understand that certain sections aren’t relevant to all travelers. However, it is our sincere hope that spilling our (bank accounts’) guts and divulging all of our spending habits (the good, the bad and the ugly!) will inspire other travelers to crack open their piggy banks, pack their bags and finally take that one special trip they’d only ever dreamed about – - until now!
Act 1: Showin’ You The Money!
Although we try to keep track of every dollar that floats out of our money belts, the girls and I do occasionally misplace a bill or forget a few figures. I mean, if we claim to be lost ourselves, we certainly can’t be expected to find all of our receipts! So that said, the following figures are average, estimated costs per person for our entire RTW trip:
Travel Gear: $500
Meals and Snacks: $3803
Intra-Country Transportation: $1490
Entertainment & Extras: $2872
And the moment you’ve all been waiting for…
The Grand Total:
$17,991 per person
Whether this amount seems shockingly low, pretty reasonable or absolutely exorbitant, really depends on who you ask. Hey, on any given day, even our answers could change a thousand times. But even though we occasionally freak out about how much we’ve spent or the fact that we’re now broke and unemployed, there’s one thing that Holly, Amanda and I know for sure…
We managed to take a year-long trip around the world with our best girlfriends for about the same price as our rent in NYC!
Blog Readers: “But still, you’re not suffering at all from buyer’s remorse??”
The Lost Girls: “Oh God, no. Nothing like that!” – Sorry, can’t help it. When a Clueless line calls, an LG answers.
Blog Readers: “Umm. OK. So I guess you wouldn’t take the trip back, huh?”
The Lost Girls: “Not for all the money in the world!”
Just Kidding! There’s still more exciting stuff to come. Much, much more! I’ve painstakingly analyzed our spending categories and broken each one down in great detail – covering everything from the price of pumping vaccines into our bodies and stuffing our backpacks full of supplies, to the cost of food, clothing and shelter by country and the unexpected extras that infiltrated our bank accounts and threatened to deplete them.
So, if you’re just dying to know exactly what we spent our money on, are planning a trip of your own or love facts and figures as much as I do (hell, even if you’re just bored at work), stay tuned for Act 2 of my budget blog which will be delivered over the next week in separate installments.
Act 2: A Categorical Breakdown
Scene 1: Flights, Travel Gear, Visas, Vaccines and Accommodations
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