How Much does it Cost to Travel around the World? (Year 1 Summary)

England - hiking Mahlam coveWOW, I cannot believe it has been a year since we left on this great adventure. We have had some amazing experiences, explored areas we never imagined, and made new friends we will carry with us for a lifetime. The trip has taken us from the inexpensive and beautiful countries of South America, across the Atlantic on a ship and into the arms of Europe where our dollars do not go very far. Looking back we are surprised at how little this grand adventure cost us.

We ended the year spending less than $25,000 while not feeling like we have regrets for things that did not fit into our budget. In fact, we’d both agree that we did more in this year than we thought possible on our $100/day budget. Luckily, Europe has proven to be less damaging to our budget than we expected. When we initially left we were not planning to spend much time in Europe. The feeling was that while we would love to explore, the cost was going to be prohibitive. However, thanks to wonderful friends and some great housesitting opportunities, we were able to stay here in Europe for over 5 months and all for under our monthly budget.

Changing Emotions about Money

Since leaving I have dramatically changed how I think about our spending. In the early days of our trip I was obsessed with the budget. Every day I worried about how much we were spending and fretted over how much we had left in our savings. As we end the year I am surprised at how much more comfortable I have become with our spending. Of course there are days we go over and I have learned that this is ok. Rather than adding stress to our lives we have learned to live our lives and not let concerns of money rule our dream life. I had to learn that the goal is an average of $100/day not making sure that we don’t go over this each day. I am not perfect on this yet, but love that I find myself far less concerned with this now.

However, this post is about the money and what we spent to date on this journey. Given that this is both the end of the month (September) as well as the end of a full year on the road this post will be longer than usual and provide both the monthly summary as well as insights into a full year spending.

Monthly Summary: September 2011

Funny faces in FranceSeptember was a great month. We started off in France with great new friends we met in Ecuador who invited us for a fun week in their home. We ate VERY well and enjoyed exploring the area. Then we headed to Amsterdam for 2.5 weeks to house-sit on a houseboat. It is a wonderful city to explore and we had a blast wandering the city on foot (we were the odd ones not riding bikes) and trying out some “local experiences”.

For the entire month we paid for 1 month of accommodations when we splurged on a hotel in Amsterdam. Regardless, September turned out to be our second highest month so far. The primary reasons for this spike in spending were:

  • New shoes - As we prepare to head to Thailand we knew we needed to get some new sandals that would match the weather there and allow us to do more walking/hiking. As we learned the hard way from previous purchases, skimping on clothes and shoes has inevitably lead to discomfort and items that simply will not stand up to this type of travel. So, we wanted to get high quality shoes that we knew would hold up to our travels and also be very comfortable. We ended up both buying new Keens, which we love, but put a bit of a dent in our budget.
  • Day trip splurge  – we splurged 1 day while we were in France on a day-trip to Beaune. We visited the wineries, bought some great wine to share with our friends, and had a great dinner out. This 1 day turned out to cost almost $500 and well outside our  normal spending. However, we have learned that at times you need to splurge and enjoy your time on the road, but also be prepared to suck it up in other parts of your budget the rest of the month.
  • Cost of transportation in Europe – there is no beating around the bush here, travel in Europe is hard on the budget. A simple 2 hour train ride can cost well over $200 for the 2 of us. Luckily we were able to find some buses, but it still put a dent of over $500 in our monthly totals.
  • Getting memories – it was something we had planned for, but did not know where we would do it next. While in Amsterdam Betsy decided to get her nose re-pierced and her 2nd tattoo. She looks absolutely amazing (as usual in my opinion) but it seems they do not offer this artistic expression for free. This was a welcome $230 addition to our total.

The numbers for September 2011

  • Total spending for September 2011: $2,796
  • Daily average for September 2011: $93.20

Expense Breakdown: September 2011

New Lesson Learned:

  • Calculate all the costs – when comparing different forms of transportation, be sure to calculate all the costs. In Europe the trains are actually quite expensive. Typically you can find flights for less than half the price between 2 cities. However, be sure to include the cost of getting to/from each airport, baggage fees, etc into your calculations. Often times we found that when you added the cost of getting out to the airport it would add significantly to the overall price.

Yearly Summary: Year 1 (Oct 2010 – Sep 2011)

Our year was amazing and went very different than we expected. We spent 6 months in South America, rode on a ship from Antarctica to England, and then spent 5 months in Europe which we never thought we could even afford to see. When we first started planning this trip we thought a trip around the world for a year (which was our original plan) would cost us $75,000. There was so much conflicting information available that we simply threw a number out there and started saving.

Now that we have completed a full year we are hear to tell you that it is not only possible, but not difficult to travel around the world for less than half that amount. Plus, if you have been following our trip at Married with Luggage you know that we are not the type to sleep in shared dorms or to find the cheapest beds in a city by following the rats. We have learned some great lessons for saving money along the way and now we are happy to report our full year results.

Expense Breakdown: Year 1

The costs outlined below represent all the cash we paid out during the course of our year on the road. This includes our accommodation, food, travel expenses, insurance, etc.

  • Total spending for Year 1: $24,140
  • Overall daily average for Year 1: $66.14



Dine in or Dine out?

After our August expense summary one of our wonderful readers, Peter Carey, requested a break out of our spending on food between eating out and buying groceries to dine in. We love this view as it will show just how much we splurged at restaurants and cafes. After some work I have the answer. For the first 12 months of our trip, here are the results:

  • Dining out: 53% ($3,907)
  • Eating in: 47% ($3,475)
While I do not have specific data on the number of meals each represents, I can tell you we ate out FAR less then we dined in. This continues to prove that eating out is great, but it is far more expensive to do so.


The totals above do not include money we spent before we left the United States for our trip, clothing, gear, etc.  One key expense that is not included in this total is our trip to Antarctica, which was $10,900. We opted not to include this in our expense summaries, as we have mentioned many times before, for a couple reasons:

  1. We paid for the trip completely before we left, and used these summaries to track our cash spent during the trip.
  2. We paid for the trip out money we earned from side-jobs and viewed this part of our trip as a bonus.
  3. We wanted to use this monthly summary as a way for us to track our remaining travel budget

The good news is that even if we add in this splurge trip we are still nicely under budget.

Looking Forward to Year 2:

As we start Year 2 we are excited to be heading to Thailand, where we know our money will go further. We will continue to track our spending as we settle into Chiang Mai for a few months and explore the area around there. We decided we rather like this lifestyle so we are going to spend 6 months living only off what we make to determine it is is viable to make this a long-term lifestyle.

Next week we’ll be putting together our top 5 money saving tips that we have learned and applied during our trip to help us keep our costs down. Subscribe here to get this post and others through the year. In addition, we are looking forward to answering more of your pressing questions about our spending.We’ll be putting out more posts here to focus on answering your questions, so please let us know. What would you like to know? Include your questions in the comments below or drop us an email at tips (at) rtwexpenses (dot) com.

Last but not least, if you are curious as to how we amassed the cash for this trip, click here to get early bird pricing notification when our new guide, Dream.Save.Do, is released on October 18. If we can do it, so can you!


  1. “However, we have learned that at times you need to splurge and enjoy your time on the road, but also be prepared to suck it up in other parts of your budget the rest of the month.”

    This is a piece of wisdom that is disproportionately valuable to its simplicity. Pretty much every “financial advice” website/book/etc. emphasizes that the problem we have in our society is the issue of immediate gratification. I’m not 100% convinced, though. Immediate gratification can be OK if it is followed, immediately, by enough frugality to balance it. Ideally the frugality would come before the gratification but sometimes that just doesn’t work. “On average” and keeping the big picture in mind are great concepts that go along with frugality “after” gratification!

    I have to say once again how impressed I am with $25K for a year for two people. Good on ya!

    • Rob, we were certainly once guilty of splurging and not cutting back afterwards to get on budget. We would either “borrow” from savings or simply justify the purchase as saying we “needed” it.

      However, now that we are on this trip, we no how critical it is to stay on budget for us to continue to enjoy this lifestyle as much as possible. We can see how much each day on the road will cost us on our budget so anytime we splurge on something we can directly apply it to how many fewer days we can live this dream.

      Finally, since our life now is less about possessions and more about meaningful experiences the issue of instant gratification is slightly less. Though we will admit we are excited about some big trips (Trans-Mongolian Railroad comes to mind) but we have yet to buy anything like that on impulse while standing at the train station. Hopefully we can stay strong.

  2. This is a great breakdown. I love when people share their numbers because it encourages more people to get out there. I recently wrote about our expenses for 13 and a half months of travel. Our amount was much, much higher than yours ($25,000 – that’s awesome) but we love to eat out, didn’t have much free lodging, and moved faster. It just goes to show that it is all preferences and priorities and there’s a way to make it happen no matter how much your budget is!

    • Hey Amy,
      We agree completely that how you chose to travel has a big impact on your budget. There really is no right amount and each person needs to select what is most important to them and then do the calculations. If you are interested in sleeping in dorms and not eating out (or drinking for that matter) it is certainly possible to do it for much less than we spent. The key is knowing your style and then setting up a savings plan to make it happen.

      Would you be interested in sharing your figures with our readers? I know that providing multiple sources of information will help people in their planning process if they can get new perspectives and find the travel style they most associate with. If you are interested, drop me an email at and I would love to chat about it.

  3. Thanks for the info re expenses. I must admit that I was quite shocked to see the numbers re the last two months of spending, I thought the numbers were high in view of the fact that you didnt have to pay for accomodation. For example September, you spent nearly three thousand dollars on discretionary spending, it does seem high given that your accomodation was mostly covered. I hope that this is taken as well meaning and constructive, I am in no way critisizing you. I am interested in living a mobile lifestyle myself but your numbers do scare me. I would welcome your comments :)

    • Rachel,
      Thank you for the feedback and I certainly don’t take it as criticism. As you will see in the monthly report sections for both months I outline the reasons for the spike in spending, which was particularly high in September.

      Overall our budget for this trip is $100/day, so in truth we are well under this even in the last 2 months. It is true we saved a lot of money on accommodations but Europe is still very expensive to be in, even with a free place to stay. Food is expensive regardless of where you each, especially against the USD. In addition, we did have some splurges in September that were one offs and these were decisions we made to enjoy our life.

      For us, this is not merely a trip but the beginning of a lifestyle. As a result we will need to purchase new clothes/shoes along the way. In addition, there will be trips and experiences we choose to send a bit extra on but then must tighten the belt to make up for it.

      I believe there is no right budget, only guidance that we can provide by sharing all our spending. As you will see in these comments alone there are people traveling for far less than us and people spending far more. The key is that you can make a much cheaper budget work, but will need to determine your travel style. In the end one person’s discretionary is another’s choice of how they live their life.

      Good luck in your process to live a mobile lifestyle. It really is more attainable that most people think and please don’t be scared. It is certainly within your grasp. Though I would suggest that Europe is not easy to live in on the cheap.

  4. Hi there. Congrats on completing an entire year of traveling! It’s great, isn’t it?
    I’ve been on the road over 12 years so far… You gonna keep going? it’s a wonderful life.
    Your article caught my eye in Twitter for ‘one year of expenses RTW’. I came to take a peak…
    Over and over again I’m astounded at how MUCH other travelers spend on the road! I live easily, comfortably on $400-$500/ month,inclusive, with airfares. But, I dont’ drink much- Your monthly drinking bill exceeds my entirely monthly spending! lol. And i’ve been tromping around SE Asia mostly. Still, I guess the point of your article is how really inexpensive it is out in the world. And it can be WAAAYYY less expensive than that. It’s really amazing how Americans really have no clue that 1. USA is,in fact, and extremely overly expensive country and 2. lots and lots of the world out there is MUCh cheaper!
    Guess you only learn that by going out. Well, thanks for ht post. Would be cool to meet somewhere out ont he road! cheers, Lash

    • Lash,
      It is great to hear from you. Your comments certainly echos a common theme here that different people have different ways they travel which directly affects the amount they spend. Each person/couple/family, when they set out on their trip will determine what style of travel suits them. Some people are comfortable sleeping in dorms, others require hotels, and others love the freedom of camping. Each comes with its own joys, challenges, and certainly a spending level.

      While I agree it is absolutely possible to travel much cheaper, we would be hard pressed to do it on with the lifestyle we have chosen for ourselves while in Europe. Of course, when we were in South America the figures were much lower and when we get to Thailand in a couple weeks it will drop as well. We are looking forward to getting back into a location where we do not feel so constrained by the costs and to exploring a new continent.

      If you are in Thailand over the next few months please let us know. We’d love to connect and hear about your last 12 years on the road. So many stories!

  5. Michelle Goerdel says:

    In researching for our Europe trip last April I too found that it was significantly cheaper and less time consuming to fly, especially between Geneva and Seville or Lisbon and Barcelona where the train would have been two or three times as expensive as flying (and several hours longer.) I didn’t find the cost to get to/from airports to be all that bad as there was generally a metro from the airport to our accomodations- a few euros apiece at worst. However, I made sure we were staying in places near a metro line! Since we didn’t have the opportunity to housesit or crash at a friends place (except for Geneva) our costs for sleeping were of course significantly higher : )

    • Michelle, it is so surprising to us just how much cheaper it would be to fly between destinations here in Europe. We absolutely love riding on the trains but they are often prohibitively expensive. We did take some buses which was cheaper but certainly not the same experience as riding on the rails.

      Thank you for sharing your experience and hopefully you are coming to Asia so we can see you there!

      • Yes I have booked more flights than trains for inter-country travel in Europe. EasyJet seems really accessible for that price. Of course, we would have to factor in the costs of getting to and fro the airport, as compared to trains which usually stop at city centres.

        I am hoping I could lead a life like that in future, with my husband. But oh, what do I do with my cats? If only I could bring them along, but that’s not possible unless I relocate for good :(

        • BTW I am from Singapore, an expensive city nation. Do holler if you do intend to come here (but judging from your itinerary, it’s not quite likely…) :)

          • We are absolutely interested in coming to Singapore. In fact we have 2 great friends who moved there from Seattle last year that we are planning to visit. It is pricey, but we are planning to visit for a short time while we are here in Asia. BTW, if you need a house-sitter for your cats while you guys head off for vacation just let us know.

        • EasyJet certainly was the cheapest alternative we found. Even with all the fees it was still considerably less than the train. Had we done more moving around I believe we would have been forced to abandon the train, which we love, in order to afford the transportation. We also looked into car sharing which could have been a great alternative.

          Good point on the cats, though maybe finding someone to look after them while you go away for a bit;)

  6. It’s so cool to see that you guys have spent only a third of what you had anticipated for the year!

    We tracked our monthly expenses last year while we were living in an RV in the U.S., and now that we’re traveling internationally we’ve also begun posting our monthly expenses on the road. It’s extra incentive for us to keep track of every penny that leaves our pocket, and seeing what other people spend is so informative.

    And, much like you, housesitting has been THE way we’ve kept our costs down so far in Europe. I tell everyone all the time that they should give it a try – it really makes full-time travel so much more affordable!

    • Hey guys,
      Thank you for the shout out. We followed you guys around the US while we were planning for your trip and absolutely loved riding along with you. Now that you are traveling the world it is fun to watch the differences.

      If you are interested, I’d love to have you guys share your spending with our readers. It would be fun to see multiple expense reports from different people.

      What are you using to find your HouseSitting gigs? Have you had success?

  7. It’s always good news to hear when you’re way under budget. We’re in the process of calculating our RTW right now, and we’re guessing it’ll be about $20K a person for 8 months. Should be doable considering most of the trip will be in Asia. However Australia & NZ will be bank busters.

    • Hey Gerard,
      Your budget certainly sounds possible, especially in Asia. While Australia and NZ will be much higher you should easily balance it out with the low prices in Asia. Of course, the flight costs around will be the biggest expense most likely given your goals of hitting all these countries in 8 months. However, I don’t think you all will have any problem at all.

      We look forward to following along from afar as you travel. Plus, if you are in Thailand please let us know. We should be there for 6 months or so starting this month and it would be fun to connect.

  8. This is such a great resource! Thanks for the incredibly thorough breakdown of your expenses. People keep insisting I’m out of my mind thinking I can live and travel on $20,000 a year. You’ve reinforced my thoughts and that definitely makes it less fearful!

    Congrats on your one year anniversary! I’m looking forward to your experiences as you move into your second year.


    • Hey Peggy,
      Thank you so much for the support and encouragement. You can absolutely make the shift for that budget as a solo traveler. Of course, it all depends on where you go but I suspect that with that budget and slow travel you can go almost anywhere.

      When are you leaving? We cannot wait to follow along. Let us know if there is anything we can do to help support you making your dream a reality.

  9. That’s so awesome that you have been on the road for 12 months, time flies when you’re having fun as they say! We spent slightly more than your year’s spending for 4 weeks in Canada/Alaska but we flew from Oz (premium economy which of course is more expensive than regular economy but definitely worth it for us for our 14 and 15 hour trips) plus 2 tours and a cruise but as we had limited time and very limited travel experience it was the way to go for us and we certainly don’t regret a cent of it!
    Cheers Judy

    • Judy, thank you for sharing your experience. It is clear that we all make decisions on our budgets based on a large number of factors. I remember when we went to Hawaii for a week and spent the equivalent of 3 months of our current budget just on that 1 vacation. However, the most important thing you mentions is “we certainly don’t regret a cent of it”. And isn’t that what it is all about. Making decisions on how we want to spend our lives and money, according to our own plan, is such a great way to live. Good for you for getting out there and creating the plan you want.

  10. I notice your inclusion of transport to & from airports. It is easy to forget this detail when comparing travel costs, but in Europe especially, it can be a huge cost so it is really important to remember it. In London a taxi to Heathrow will cost more than your budget airline flight!

    • Liv, I agree completely. This is not as big a deal in places like South America & Asia. Yesterday our taxi from the airport here in Chiang Mai, Thailand was less than $5. However, in Buenos Aires we spent $60. Then in Europe we chose not to fly simply due to the high costs of getting to/from the airport. As with most things “it depends” is an important phrase but I think these expenses can really add up if you don’t think about them.

  11. Hi,

    I love this post. Its a big help to my partner and I as we take off in March for a 12 month trip. So thank you for your openness to help other less experienced travelers!

    Just a quick question – Was the $25K for both of you or per person?

    Thanks again for your knowledge, advice and inspiration!

    • Hi Nicole,
      The $25,000 was total for us both. Our budget is $100/day for us as a couple. Since we only travel together we decided it would be easier to track this as a total versus splitting it all up. Obviously it is possible to spend more or less depending on where you go and how you travel but I am glad the information is useful.

      Good luck in your planning. Let me know where you are going so we can follow along.

  12. Great article, we look forward to publishing our own year end results of 12 months in a camper van around Europe (currently six months in). All the best with the rest of your trip!

    • WOW, you guys are living one of the dreams we have of traveling around Europe in an RV. Unfortunately our visa only lets us stay in most of Europe for 90 out of every 180 days. But we’d love to find ways around that. Most importantly though, we’d love to see how much it costs.

      If you are interested, I’d love to have you do a guest post on the site talking about the costs of RV travel. Many people, us included, are scared of it due to the costs of fuel right now, especially in Europe. We’d love to hear about this and share it with our readers. Let us know if you are interested.

      • Hi Warren,

        We’re back from our trip and we did it – here is our expenses break down for a year travelling Europe in a camper van!

        Let us know what you think! :)


        • Hey guys,
          Thank you so much for checking back in and giving up the information. WOW, this is wonderful information and extremely insightful. Plus, it goes to prove that you can see a lot of Europe for very little money if you are willing to step outside of traditional travel. Thank you for sharing such valuable information. We hope to get you guys to share more tips we can use when we are there later this year.

  13. Thank you for this great layout. We’re a family of five on a budget of $1200 a month, and like you say, some months our money goes farther than others. Next week, we are shipping our car from Panama to Columbia, costing over $700. I guess we’ll just have to not eat for the month! You’ve done such a great break-down of things here. Thanks. Look how you lived life to the fullest (including alcohol!) and spent $25,000. If only more people knew.

    • WOW, your budget sounds amazing. How do you keep it so low? I am sure many of our readers are asking the same thing. Very impressive. I’d love to hear more, if you are interested in sharing. My email is wtalbot (at) marriedwithluggage (dot) com if you would like to chat in more detail about this and maybe share some ideas here for other families.

      We are certainly living our life to the fullest possible. We have had an amazing adventure so far and as we settle into the next chapter in Asia I have no doubt we have a host of new excitement ahead.

  14. Enjoy your time in Thailand!! Chaing Mai is a lovely little city. I spent about 2.5 weeks there in January of 2006. There are some wonderful, and inexpensive, restaurants near the night market. From a practical standpoint, there are a some good dental offices there as well. I had a checkup and cleaning for the equivalent of $30 USD.

    • Hi Rachel,
      So far we have only seen a part of it but are starting to fall in love. Thank you for the tip on dental work. Our goal while we are here to get all our dental and medical checkups. Should be a good place to do it.

  15. So excited to find your blog. I will definately be back. This has always been a dream of my husband and I as well. We are getting closer to making more travel possible, but we have 2 kids to take too that increase costsp, especially transportation costs. Love all your info. Thanks!

    • Hi Lorilee,
      It is great to hear from you and thank you for reaching out. Kids will increase the cost and I am delighted that you all are embarking on the journey any way. So often people ask us “do you have kids?”. When we say no they often then talk about how they would like to do it but cannot because they have kids. I always try to point to others traveling with children and am excited to be able to point to you guys now as well.

      BTW, look out for a guest post later this week with 10 tips for saving money traveling with kids. I think you are going to love it.

  16. Oh how wonderful is that!!! I’m 23 and I intend to travel the world before I get to my 30th year of existence in this world – married or unmarried!!! Haha. I love how you transparently shared your budget, it’s very inspiring!

    If you are to go ASIA, then you must come to the Philippines! I live here and I would LOVE to meet you guys! Though there’s no house sitting available since I live with the parents ;)

    • Karen,
      Thank you so much for the comment and support. Sounds like you have a great dream. It would be great if you would be willing to share it here on our sister site –

      We are actually in Asia now. We are in Thailand for the next several months but no plans after that. The Philippines is high on our list and we will definitely be visiting. In which part of the country do you live? We’d love to visit and meet you in person.

      • Hi Warren, I live in Cagayan Valley Region, located t\at the Northern part of the Philippines. I’ll keep checking your blog to know your future itineraries :) Have FUN!!!

  17. This is amazing! I’m so glad you shared this. I am 21 and it is my dream to travel the world for a year and enjoy everything that is out there and to learn the cultures! I was a little scared about the price but this makes me feel better!

  18. While I will not disagree that Europe is expensive … I am surprised at your statement regarding trains. I have found trains to be very cheap and inexpensive. Wondering why we have this different perspective. I know that in Tuscany it was dirt cheap. Same for Spain and so on. perhaps it isn’t Europe but the specific countries? We sail, so we have both accommodation and transport rolled up into one expense. The boat.

  19. Oh. My. Gosh. This makes my little heart go pitter pat, Warren! My husband and I have just decided to do 6 months in SE Asia. I am a definite planner while he is more of a go-with-the-flow type. I love your charts and numbers and budget advice! This makes me SO excited to start planning!

    • Mallory,
      I am happy to have met someone else whose heart beats a bit faster looking at charts and figures. I’m exactly the same way. Enjoy your planning process as it was a great time for us.

      With 6 months in Asia you will find your budget will be even lower than we’ve included. If you look at our monthly expense reports for last November – May you can get a really good sense of what we spent in Thailand, Laos, and China.

      Enjoy and good luck with the your planning.

      • Mallory de la Rosa says:

        Will do. Thanks so much! We have tentatively decided upon to Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, SIngapore and the Philippines. I am sure your spend in Thailand, Laos and China can be very significantly helpful in the planning process. I have seen a lot of variation about the per day travel cost for this region, so it’s a little dodgey trying to plan.

        I read in above comments that you’re visiting the Philippines soon. My husband is from Manila (which he claims is the world’s greatest city). We recommend to get your fill of lechon in Cebu (they make the best!) and discover the natural beauty of Palawan. We will be sure to check back at Married with Luggage to see when you have arrived to the Pearl of the Orient! We’re visiting for a couple of weeks at Christmas next year (prior to our 6-month stint in SE Asia).

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  21. Thank you for your blog. I’m starting homeschooling my daughter next month in November and in February 2014/March 2014 we plan to start our one year on the road traveling abroad. Do you have any tips for me? I’m also a reservist in the military so I plan to use some of my connections in different countries to make it work. I plan to live off far less than $100 a day as I’ve seen accommodations for $200 per week.

    I have a few questions. What are the legal ramifications (i.e. filing taxes when I return to the states, cost of visas to different countries, how long are Americans allowed to travel in other countries without having a work or student visa)?

    Thanks in advance. I’m looking forward to your response and I’m looking forward to my trip! By the way, I’m 32, have my MBA and live in San Diego. I’m hoping to keep an address stateside for any reason with my parents who live in Pennsylvania or possibly a homebase in San Diego.


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  5. [...] How much does it cost to travel the world (exact budget from a couple who did it)? Budget for an 11 month solo trip around the world How to budget for a RTW trip Man vs. Debt – one families’ story of getting out debt and traveling the world Tips for budgeting for your RTW tip from BootsnAll One couples story about how to budget for an extended trip How to plan a travel budget that works How to create a travel budget you’ll stick to The beginning of a series on how to estimate a big trip budget [...]

  6. [...] economy is in the toilet I’m worried about the gap on my resume It costs too much I have a [...]

  7. [...] your dream actually costs. Think travelling around the world like Warren and Betsy costs a fortune? One year of full time travel has only set them back $24,140. Are you inspired yet? I [...]

  8. [...] there was an article by Warren and Betsy Talbot at Married with Luggage that showed, down to the dollar, all the money [...]

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  10. [...] “Wow! Check out this awesome place in Ethiopia!” “Hey! These people travelled for a year for less than $25,000. It’s not impossible… and look at all the stuff they [...]

  11. [...] How much does it cost to travel the world (exact budget from a couple who did it)? [...]

  12. [...] How much does it cost to travel the world (exact budget from a couple who did it)? [...]

  13. [...] or relying completely on your savings?  Resources:  Determining our RTW budget (So Many Places), How much does it cost to travel around the world?  (RTW [...]

  14. [...] $55,000 for one year for the two of us. A great resource for us are other travel blogs including RTW Expenses and Nomadic Matt. We are departing with $60,000 and some “cushion” for our [...]

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