Why It’s cheaper to travel than to stay at home

After recently coming home from my trip covering 23 countries in 12 months, all my mates kept asking how much I spent and believe I must be either dead broke or a millionaire. 
Himalayas
Way up high in the Himalayas with my guide Saroj
 
Now I am neither broke, but I am a millionaire, which is why I can travel forever.
Nah I am only kidding, but it would be nice.
After explaining to my mates how much my trip cost they were simply stunned with disbelief. Although travelling may seem quite expensive, it is however actually cheaper to travel than what it is to stay at home.
Especially if you are travelling through Asia or other 3rd world countries that boast just as many, if not more amazing places than of many established countries. However, wherever you want to travel that you may think is expensive, I have some major travel tips to save you money whilst abroad.
As an example though, I want to show you how much travel is possible in 12 months and what it could cost you apposed to your average daily spending’s at home.
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Joel and myself in our home for 3 months
 
Leaving home in May 2012 with 3 other mates (but splitting up throughout the trip), I first visited Thailand for 2 weeks, the Greek Islands for 2 weeks, then over to London to buy a Van and convert it into a campervan which took us 14,000 miles throughout Europe to 15 different countries.  I brought a surfboard in Portugal; saw most of the major tourist attractions throughout those 15 countries. 
 
I lived in Egypt for 5 months whilst I became a Dive Master and brought all my own dive gear whilst there. After my time in Egypt I headed to Dubai, Nepal and India on my way home. Spending 2 weeks shy of a year I spent in total less than $20,000. This sum included absolutely all costs, flights, food, accommodation, spending money and everything that I saw and did in that space of time abroad.
As I have been travelling since 2009, I have picked up a few budget travelling tips of course, and yes these have helped me to save on a lot of things along the way. But in all honesty it just takes common sense to be able to save and not over spend. I also did visit a few countries that were extremely cheap, however, to balance this, take into consideration that most of the countries I did visit were throughout Western Europe, which we all know aren’t the most affordable countries.
Taj Mahal
Waking up by the Taj Mahal
 
As I spent AU$20,000 (including flights) this may seem like a huge sum still, but let’s break it down and make it easier to digest to see how much it cost me to travel per month. So dividing the sum by 12 months it comes it comes to $1666 per month.
So with that sum in mind let’s create an example and look at what the average cost to live in Australia is per month. At a minimum, let’s say you pay rent of $250 per week and your food costs you $150, then on the weekend you would spend at least $100 so lets just leave that price nice and low.
Oh yea your car costs, insurance, registration and fuel, which could add up to about $50 per week (usually much more but we will leave it at that). So in total per week your spending $550 which is $2200 per month, at an absolute minimum! This per year is $26,400.
Ok now if you’re thinking, geez it’s expensive to live in Australia, well your damn right it is, it’s very expensive. But this goes hand in hand with our wages, which is another reason I have been able to save and travel so much. But in saying this, it doesn’t mean you would spend less at home than what you would whilst travelling. That is far from true, especially when you understand how little it can cost to travel and see the world.So for those of you who want to travel, take a look at your everyday expenses, add them up and see what it comes to and I am sure that you’ll find it’s plenty enough to travel on. Probably even less than what your current costs of living are.
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