We celebrated our second New Year on the road, this time surrounded by the friendliness of the Thai people. It was great to be able to share a new cultural experience here in Asia with a group of new friends. We experienced the always interesting display of fireworks, which are let of by hand without regard for eardrums or power-lines. We escaped unharmed ready to kick-off 2012 full of enthusiasm for what lies ahead.
January also meant our first visa run. We headed out for the 4 hour ride to the Burmese border and hoped to spend a couple days enjoying the border town of Mae Sai. Unfortunately, we discovered once again that border towns around the world are meant not for stopping, but for passing through. As a result we chose to spend a couple days enjoying the countryside, away from connectivity and the city. It added just a bit to the monthly expenses, but was immensely helpful to take some time from the hard work we’re doing on our next book, Stripping Off Your Fear, which we’ll be launching March 15th.
As you will see from the numbers, January we got back on track with our expenses and came in $100 below our “Thailand budget” of $1,500/month. This number even includes all the expenses from our visa run as well as Betsy’s full physical, blood tests, and prescriptions ($110 for all). Thailand is a great place to reset and we’re taking advantage of our time here to get all our check-ups and ensure we are ready for the next leg of our trip (see big news below).
Let’s Get to the Numbers
- Total spending to date (for entire trip) through January 2012: $31,105
- Total spending for January 2012: $1,387
- Daily average for January 2012: $44.75
- Overall daily average (16 months on the road): $63.73
Ready to Travel Again
After 4 months here in Thailand, Betsy and I are getting itchy feet. While we absolutely love it here in Chiang Mai, we are ready for the next adventure and we have started to plan the next destination and it’s a big one. Starting in April we will be heading over land from Thailand to Finland. This journey will be over 10,000km and take us through Laos, Russia, China, Mongolia, Russia, and then into Helsinki. As you’ve come to expect from us we will take our time and expect to spend 4-5 months enjoying every moment of this journey. It will be fun as well to share with you all the expenses along the way so you can plan your own cross-Asia experience.
If you have specific questions about our expenses or the next leg of our journey, please let us know. Drop us an email or include them in the comments below.