BUDGETING

Budgeting

Tara’s favourite (That’s me!) blog posts (other than those about awesome adventures that no one else writes about) are the ones that deal with the boring stuff. The stuff that many people don’t want to know about. The stuff many backpackers would like to ignore. Can you guess what I’m talking about?? The Budget posts!

Yep! Budgets!

All that scary financial stuff, that you’d rather not know, while you happily sip your coco-colada on the beach.Yep. I love budgets! I love calculating how long I can travel with X amount of cash. It clearly comes down to my need to daydream when I’m not actually travelling. And the fact that I’m a nerd… I guess.

So of course, we’re going to help you nerds do the same. We’ll keep you guys updated on our expenditures as we go along, and what better time to start than after our very first month on the Indian road. We have a budget in here for every month since we left Oz in March 2016. (Except for the month where we were housesitting Shab’s parents house in Australia because that’s not a totally realistic ‘travel’ budget!)

So, how will we be able to do this I hear you ask in overwhelming unison?! Great Question!

I’ve (Tara) always got a tiny notebook with me and we do our absolute best to jot down each purchase we make. This sounds boring and pedantic I know, but trust me, it ain’t that bad!

If you want to travel long term you can’t let your budget slide or you’ll be on a plane back to your hometown with your tail between your legs two months into a six month adventure! This isn’t a joke; back in 2012 I had to rely on my tax return, funds from 3 weeks of work I was lucky to score in Whistler, and a gift from my lovely boyfriend to get through seven weeks in Central America off the back of five months of frivolous spending in Europe. Oops!

So after recording all our purchases, I wait until we are bored on a train or bus without WIFI, I transfer these notes into a financial spread-sheet. Nothing fancy, I literally just use a ready made excel template with adjusted headings for the things we usually spend on. This is a fantastic way to see where your money is going! For us- its definitely food! Ohhhhhh so much delicious food my friends.

Most financial planners will tell you the same thing- you can’t keep your spending under control unless you kne WHERE you are spending! So get onto it guys!

I hope this budget series helps you plan and budget for your own trips 🙂

One Month in Indonesia: Travel Budget

One Month in Indonesia: Travel Budget

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Month Three in India: the Budget

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Month Two in India: The Budget

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Month One in India: The Budget!

Month One in India: The Budget!

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