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

Misc.

$1082

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.

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

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.