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Posted by on Apr 28, 2013

Travel Costs – Two Months in Cambodia


We’re officially four months into our trip and luckily, not that much poorer for it. Back in early March, I wrote a post about how we afford to travel the world and in it, I broke down some of our costs for January and February. In the spirit of transparency for anyone dreaming of long-term travel, here is the next installation.

We spent March and April in Cambodia, rounding out our three months of volunteering in Phnom Penh. The majority of our time was spent in the city with a weekend trip to Kampot and a Khmer New Year’s week spent in Koh Kong. Since the majority of our up-front costs in Cambodia, such as necessities for our apartment, were covered in February, we really banked some money this month (which I’m sure will subsequently be drained from our account once we get through Japan, New Zealand and Australia!).

Total for Two Months in Cambodia

We’ve spent $4,319 the past two months, broken down as follows:

Item Cost
Lodging $1682
Food & Drinks $1400
Inter-country Flights $0
Ground Transportation $439
Misc. (aka my massage fund) $599
Sightseeing $53
Visas $146
International Flights $0






We spent an average of $70 per day in both March and April, compared to $86 per day in February.

We spent $6,576 living in Cambodia for 87 days at an average of $75 per day. We could have done even better with our budget, but we chose to live in a more Western-style apartment and take a few higher-priced trips.

RTW Costs to Date

We have spent $9,005 since leaving the U.S. in mid-January for an average per day cost of $83.

Item Cost
Lodging $3190
Food & Drinks $2775
Inter-country Flights $526
Ground Transportation $774
Sightseeing $462
Visas $196
International Flights $0






We are still sitting pretty with our flight costs since we are using our volunteer flight to Japan (routing through China) and then miles from our United and American accounts for flights from Japan to New Zealand, New Zealand to Australia and Australia to England.

I realize April isn’t quite over yet, but we’re skimming a few days off the numbers to close out this next chapter to coincide with our departure from Cambodia.

Saying goodbye to the Kingdom of Cambodia today at Independence Monument.

Saying goodbye to the Kingdom of Cambodia today at Independence Monument.

What’s Next?

Tonight we leave Cambodia to continue our RTW trip. It’s a bittersweet departure – only made a little sweeter by the Dairy Queen at the Phnom Penh airport! We’re off to Shanghai for a few days and then on to a much-anticipated tour of Japan. Dreams of sushi, noodles, mountains and fresh air are swimming around our heads.

Japan Itinerary

Japan Itinerary

Japan Itinerary

Tokyo – 5 nights
Ohara – 2 nights in a yurt on the Pacific Ocean (I LOVE yurts!)
Takayama – 2 nights in a little town at the base of the Japanese Alps
Kamikochi – 2 nights at a traditional Ryokan in the Japanese Alps
Kyoto – 3 nights
Osaka – 2 nights

We’re getting creative with our lodging to be as budget conscious as possible and will be staying in a mix of apartments, traditional Japanese accommodations, a yurt, hostels and with guest hosts through AirBnB. Luckily for us, the Japanese Yen is at the lowest level its been in years to the U.S. dollar so our money is going a little farther than we anticipated. Still, we’ll be close to maxing out our budget while in Japan, but comfortable with it given we’re under budget by close to $5,000 due to livings in Cambodia for the past three months.

Our Internet presence may get a little spottier, particularly in China for our Facebook posts and then with limited WiFi in a few places we’ll stay in Japan. We look forward to continuing to share our adventures with you – thanks for coming along for the ride!

Visit our route map to see our upcoming plans. Any takers on meeting us somewhere??


  1. Thanks for this info and I am planning to go to Bandung next year and I don’t know how much I will spend and this is a good checklist! And 75usd per day is really expensive in Cambodia. You know I spend only 20 USD per day for the three meals but anyway thanks for spending lots of money in Cambodia LOLSS.

    • Yup, we spent a little more than the average Cambodian, but we were two people and the average includes our trips to Siem Reap, etc!

      • Hello there! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick
        shout out and tell you I really enjoy reading your articles.
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        Thank you so much!


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