I have already declared my love for budgeting in a previous post, so for those following along at home I won’t repeat myself. If you need a re-fresher on how I go about compiling our budgets, or you missed our post on our other budget’s completely, have a quick look here,
and here to bring you up to speed on our spending habits in India!
Totals for Month Three!
We visited Kolkata, Port Blair, Havelock Island, Neil Island, and back to Kolkata
17th -22nd May and 23rd June-16th July
Total in Rupees: 117,914
Total in Australian Dollars: $2,358.28
Average per day in Rupees: 3,930
Average per day in Australian Dollars: $78.60
Total in Rupees: 22,953
Total in Australian Dollars: $459.06
(Pictured: 400 rupee ($8) room on Havelock Island)
We found a lot of our accommodation here!
Total in Rupees: 43,535
Total in Australian Dollars: $870.70
Total in Rupees: 12,239
Total in Australian Dollars: $244.78
(Pictured: We hired a scooter for 17 days this month)
Water and Snacks:
Total in Rupees: 3,399
Total in Australian Dollars: $67.98
Total in Rupees: 500
Total in Australian Dollars: $10
(We’ve included all laundry, diving and Internet cafes in this heading)
Total in Rupees: 34,788
Total in Australian Dollars: $695.76
(Pictured: Natural wonders of Neil Island)
If this looks like a tiny amount: I can safely say we actually haven’t said no to that many things. We did a lot of diving, which was the best underwater experience each of us has had anywhere so far. It was well worth blowing the budget for. Aside from always looking for the cheapest accommodation that doesn’t have outright terrible reviews, we eat where we want, we have seen the sights we wanted to see, and we have let rickshaw drivers get away with exorbitant prices when we were feeling fragile. We have found our set budget of $50 per day for the two has blown out this month! But we also weren’t watching it too much either, and that makes a difference!
If this budget looks out of your price range: don’t cancel your trip just yet! There are many ways you could save even further if you were a little more determined than us.
We completed 11 dives between us on the Andaman’s, and this isn’t the cheapest place to dive unfortunately. If we subtract the 25,000 rupees we spent on dives, our daily total rounds down to just $60, which isn’t so bad.
We also spent a fair amount of this month in Kolkata between flights, and big cities in India are not so cheap. We forked out for a decent hotel so I could study without worrying about comfort or bad Internet, so you could save a lot on hotels in Kolkata if you roughed it a little more.
We also spend a lot of money on food so if you are a light eater, or make better restaurant choices you will save a tone compared to us on foods. We ate a fair bit of room service while studying and that drives costs up.
When eating out we often look forWi-Fi and comfortable seats so when studying, blogging, and editing photos we will be comfortable. We often choose a place that’s a bit more expensive so we have the luxury of nice seating and sometimes even air conditioning with our Wi-Fi connection.
Do you give yourself a budget when you travel? How do you keep on top of your spending? Let us know in the comments!
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