Is it expensive to travel around the world? How much would you spend while traveling? This series of posts is aimed at helping travelers plan their budgets before hitting the road. When we started traveling we were always worrying about how much money we would need, so we decided to share our expenses, as this might help other travelers.
Our ninth month of travel was definitely one of the most active so far! First of all, we moved a lot. Second, we tried some physical activities and sports that were new for us (as we usually only walk or swim, and sometimes climb [but not very much!]) So it was kind of a challenge for our lazy bodies! But we survived! This month was also very diversified because we crossed the ocean and traveled to another continent for the first time since we started our aroud the world trip.
When our ninth month of travel started, we were still in Baños, enjoying the very moderate ecuadorian weather, the atmosphere of the town and its incredible scenery. We experienced for the first time activities such as rafting, canopy tours and canyoning. But we also had time to relax at the very cool hotel we stayed at, meet people and go out and discover amazing restaurants.
We then came back to Guayaquil, where we spent one day before we flew to Madrid. Upon arrival, we fell in love with the city. We were happy to come back in Europe after two and a half years in North & South America. We could feel and smell the old continent as soon as we arrived at the airport.
We spent ten days in Madrid enjoying food (mainly!), museums, and coffee shops. But we didn’t spend all our time eating. We also met an old friend from Egypt and newer friends we’d met while couchsurfing in the US and Madrid.
After these beautiful 10 days we flew to Paris, where we stayed only two days to spend some time with our friends. We then took the train to Bernay, my lovely little town in Normandy.
This first week in France was of course dedicated to family and friends, but we were nevertheless willing to visit my native region and my country in a more professional way in order to share our discoveries with you.
It was an awesome month, and below you’ll find the details in numbers.
Spending by City:
Money Spent: We ended up spending $1,822.
Our major spending for this month went to food & outings at 36% of our spending, followed by accommodation (at 21% of our spending) and finally transportation at 16% due to Madrid and Paris expensive subways and rail tickets.
We will stay (in accordance with our travel plans) in France for another month or two, where we intend to explore different parts of the country. From France there are different discussions on where will be our next destination, will it be Africa?