Saving for Long-Term Travel, Part Five

Continued from Part Four

A Flashpacker’s Travel Expenses

I could have spent less money than I did. But I don’t budget, and it’s hard to be frugal when you’ve got $30K sitting in an account. I don’t believe I wasted money, but I did make a few mistakes that cost me, such as pre-booking expensive accommodation in Goa and chasing Lady Luck in a Singapore casino. But, I still think I’m a budget traveller because I stay in hostels and self-cater when possible, I couchsurf, I take public transit when possible, I make use of discounts and free activities, and I choose budget accommodation when hostels aren’t available. Here’s a sample of what my adventures have cost me, in average daily costs.*

On Blue Jeans and Hiking Boots

The eternal debate on how to pack for a RTW trip

A quick search of RTW or backpacker packing tips will generate tons of hits about how (and what) to pack for long-term travel of the backpacking variety.

The most common piece of advice (and surely the most universally applicable and accurate) is TAKE LESS STUFF AND MORE MONEY.

5 ½ Days in Iceland

My travels have been underway for just over two weeks now, and I’ve been pretty busy with touring, visiting, spectating, and well . . . working.

But, I wanted to share a little bit about my visit to Iceland.

Its official . . . everyone loves Iceland. I haven’t heard from a single person who says Iceland is a bad place to go, or isn’t worth the time, or the money (which is noteworthy as it is wicked expensive). And I concur—Iceland is absolutely fantastic.