Updated on September 4, 2016
Updated on September 4, 2016
What interests me more than this November’s totals is our entire total for expenses in 2014 so far.
So far in 2014 (with 1 month left to go) we have spent $20,285.41. Now, many of you may know that our goal for a whole year’s expenses is $20,000, so we’re going to come in just above that, but I have to say, I am pretty darn pleased with the kind of budget we’ve been able to maintain.
I mean think about this. There are many vagabondish parts of this lifestyle, but we have not been hopping from hostel to hostel or couch to couch and we have not been limiting ourselves to countries with extremely low costs like Thailand and Cambodia. Instead we have been treating ourselves to comfortable work spaces often in luxury hotels and flying wherever our curiosity takes us.
When someone says, “Wow, you travel year-round? How do you do that?” I don’t want my answer to be “I train-hop and live on my friends’ couches and I have a blog teaching you how to do the same.”
Because the thing is, we want our strategies to be, for the most part, repeatable for others interested in nomadic life. Surely if we implemented hostels, couchsurfing and hitch-hiking more often, we would hit that $20,000 annual expense goal with relative ease. But we don’t just want to show people that they can make travel affordable on the condition that they go to S.E. Asia and become full-time backpackers. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of really great and worth-while things about that style of travel. Sometimes I even miss the more backpacker ways of doing things. But we want to raise the challenge a notch higher and suggest that you can even travel affordably without making those strategies your backbone. That with miles and points as the backbone of your travel strategy, you can make travel even more sustainable long-term, both for your budget and your energy levels.
I know we’ve exceeded 20,000 with a month still left in 2014, but even coming as close to that goal as we have makes me really proud of the lifestyle that we’re, in a way, pioneering. Yes there are others living out of hotels. And yes there are others living on a shoe-string budget as they travel. But are there others attempting to do both at once?
We have learned so much by doing this and especially by documenting it. And, the longer we do this, the more we refine our strategies. We’ve come really close to our $20,000 goal this year (I predict we’ll come out at around $21,500) and I think we’ll do even better this next year.
Check out our stats page for more specific documentation.
Now, on to November stats, spanning 6 countries: Mexico, U.S, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, and Belgium.
|Tourist Attraction Total||$0|
|Food & Beverage Total||$662.95|
|Land Transit Total||$330.88|
|Air Transit Total||$483.18||19,437 SouthWest points|
|Accommodation total||$833.50||6,000 SPG
44,000 Club Carlson
On a side note, we really need to buckle down and bring our food budget lower. Don’t worry, we’re already on it. We ate supermarket food today in Amsterdam and I imagine that will be the case for days to come.
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