How much does it cost to travel?

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How much does travel cost?
You want to know how much it costs to travel around the world? How much money do you need to travel? How to calculate a travel budget for your road trip? How much will you need? I’ll gonna answer those questions how you can set up a budget very precisely for your travels. I’ll show you where i research prices and how i calculate the costs. It don’t matters where you are traveling from or to. This technique helps you to research prices and get a pretty precise budget for your trip!

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Main Expenses

To simplify the calculations we are going to split the costs in three main sections. In my experience you will spend the most money on those three sections:

Transportation
Accommodation
Food


Besides those sections you will be spending money on tours, sights and nightlife. These activities vary from person to person. so you got to figure them out for yourself and add them to the calculation.

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Where to research costs?

Nomadlist (food & accommodation)
Skyscanner (flights)
Bookings (accommodation)
Tripadvisor (tours & sights)
and use a search engine to research specific costs.

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The Formula

When you have all the travel cost gathered and researched simply sum them up with this formula:

[fixed costs (flights, tours, entries)] + [variable costs (food, accommodation, transport )]*[Amount of days traveling (in a certain country)]

This might look complicated but it really is not! lets make a travel cost example.

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Example Travel Cost Calculation

Fixed Costs
Flights (roundtrip) 1200 USD
Tours 150 USD
Shows 50 USD
Total = 1400 USD
Variable Costs
Hotel (per night) 22 USD
Food* (calculate every meal) 25 USD
Transportation 10 USD
Total = 57 USD
Amount of days traveling
Amount of days in a specific (researched) country = 21 Days
Travel Cost Formula
1400 USD + [57 USD * 21 Days] = 2597 USD

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Conclusion

In this shown example the whole trip is going to cost around 2597 USD. If you are planing a world round trip or travels to different countries, you have to calculate the variable costs individually and multiply them with the amount of days you are staying in this specific country. Fixed cost stays fixed costs but the cost of living like food, accommodation and transportation vary from country to country.

You might realize the more time you put into the research of the costs and the more precise you calculate the more accurate your budget calculation will be. If you don’t want to plan and calculate for hours, simply throw in some numbers of the biggest sections like flights, accommodation and budget for food. Then you’ll get a rough idea of your spending’s.
I hope this is useful and if you have any questions feel free to hit me up.

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A traditional fisher boat

Tedjakula

Woke up early to get on a traditional fisher boat in Tedjakula. Tedjakula is in the north of Bali. Seeing the world waking up on this boat was an amazing experience and it was the most amazing sunrise i have ever seen.
More impressions on IG

The sun was slowly rising and revealed how far we went. Heading back towards the island with its exotic mountains it felt like we are on our way to discover a place nobody has ever been before. I felt like being Napoleon Bonaparte on a mission!

Indonesia has so much to offer. Explore beautiful layers of rice fields. Visit detail-rich temples or mosques and learn about the Indonesian culture. Drive along stunning landscapes. Hike up a volcano and enjoy the sunrise at the edge of a crater. Grab a board and ride one of those perfectly shaped waves. Eat through Indonesia diverse kitchens. Countless things to do and to see. this is Indonesia.

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Giant chicken church in a jungle

chicken church

A giant chicken church in the middle of a jungle. Sounds crazy? Is real!

Watch the vlog to learn more about this crazy idea and why it is actually a serious project!

We had a fun time exploring this huge concrete bird, i think the smile on my face shows.

This has been posted on IG @perfspots

Imagine a giant Chicken Church in the middle of a jungle? this is where our adventure led to. It is called Bukit Rhema or gereja ayam in Indonesian. I could not believe my eyes. A giant chicken church made of concrete and steel. This huge chicken is sitting in the middle of a jungle, overlooking the landscape.

Indonesia has so much to offer. Explore beautiful layers of rice fields. Visit detail-rich temples or mosques and learn about the Indonesian culture. Drive along stunning landscapes. Hike up a volcano and enjoy the sunrise at the edge of a crater. Grab a board and ride one of those perfectly shaped waves. Eat through Indonesia diverse kitchens. Countless things to do and to see. this is Indonesia.

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The temples in the north

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It started to rain, i had no umbrella, hiding the camera under the t-shirt, beauty was worth the struggle.
This has been posted on IG @perfspots


We explored the Brahmavihara-Arama temple in the north of Bali, we where the only tourists exploring it. The North is not as popular as the south but it has so many gems to offer.

 

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Posing in front of the Brahma Vihara Bell

More about Indonesia

Indonesia has so much to offer. Explore beautiful layers of rice fields. Visit detail-rich temples or mosques and learn about the Indonesian culture. Drive along stunning landscapes. Hike up a volcano and enjoy the sunrise at the edge of a crater. Grab a board and ride one of those perfectly shaped waves. Eat through Indonesia diverse kitchens. Countless things to do and to see. this is Indonesia.

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The temples in the north

temple

It started to rain, i had no umbrella, hiding the camera under the t-shirt, beauty was worth the struggle.
This has been posted on IG @perfspots

We explored the Brahmavihara-Arama temple in the north of Bali, we where the only tourists exploring it. The North is not as popular as the south but it has so many gems to offer.

Posing in front of the Brahma Vihara Bell

More about Indonesia

Indonesia has so much to offer. Explore beautiful layers of rice fields. Visit detail-rich temples or mosques and learn about the Indonesian culture. Drive along stunning landscapes. Hike up a volcano and enjoy the sunrise at the edge of a crater. Grab a board and ride one of those perfectly shaped waves. Eat through Indonesia diverse kitchens. Countless things to do and to see. this is Indonesia.

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Our stay in Singapore

singapore hotel

This is the hotel we stayed in Singapore

We departed from Zurich to Singapore. Without a doubt the most famous hotel in Singapore is the Marina Bay Sands Hotel but trust me there are so many more great Hotels in this city! we researched for a more affordable one. As we arrived at our maisonette luxury hotel room we fell in love with it.

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The view from the Gallery on the desk of the Hotel room.

More about Indonesia

Indonesia has so much to offer. Explore beautiful layers of rice fields. Visit detail-rich temples or mosques and learn about the Indonesian culture. Drive along stunning landscapes. Hike up a volcano and enjoy the sunrise at the edge of a crater. Grab a board and ride one of those perfectly shaped waves. Eat through Indonesia diverse kitchens. Countless things to do and to see. this is Indonesia.

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Visiting a tofu factory in Indonesia

This is how tofu is produced in Indonesia. From importing the doy beans to forming a tofu block. We learned about the production process in a factory in Magelang Indonesia.

Do you like tofu?

You might ask yourself what is tofu made from? We have been curious too and decided to visit a local tofu factory. We initially traveled to the area of Magelang to visit the Borobodur temple but afterwards we decided to learn more about the local economy. This is how they produce the tofu in Indonesia. They showed us the whole process, from importing the soy beans to pressing the blocks and selling it to the market. Some machines are interestingly improvised and some processes are well thought out. It was a very interesting visit, to see how the soy beans goes through the different process until it becomes a well shaped tofu block.

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Soy beans imported from the US. They explained us that there is not enough production capacity to get enough soy beans from the local farmers.

tofu oven

the oven is about to be heated. The pan on top of the oven is to simultaneously heat up the water and cool down the escaping heat, to protect the roof from burning.

tofu sieve

The sieve is prepared. The wooden part of the sieve is hand made and serves its purpose perfectly.

soy bean squeezer

The soy beans have been in water for more than 4 hours. The soaked up soy beans are thrown in to this squeezer to get the liquid soy “milk” out of the beans.

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The liquid milk is sieved.

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tofu factory

Slurping some soy milk in the Indonesian tofu factory. The infrastructure is basic and some things are improvised. I was a great experience to visit this family business tofu factory.

check out the post on Instagram

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Travel Tool Board

travel tool board

Welcome to the Travel Tool Board. This is a website where you are going to be guided through a travel planning process with tips and tricks. Additionally i gathered the most important tools, links and websites to plan your trip, everything in the overview.

Step by step

Traveling and planing a trip can be overwhelming. This is why i created this Tool Board. If you are lost, simply follow step by step to bring your next adventure alive.

Workflow:
Research Places > Create a plan and a Map >Book flights and transportation > Book accommodations > Prepare yourself > Go for it!

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1. Research Places

travel map

Best Sites to research spots for inspiration

2. Create a Plan and a Map

How to create a Master plan & How to create a Travel Pin Map

3. Book flights & Transportation

or check out

4. Book Accommodations

Booking.com

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5. Prepare yourself

Be prepared! you will avoid so much trouble and save so much money when you are well prepared. Good travel equipment. Store the most important documents like flight tickets, visa, passport/ID and accommodation confirmations. It is recommended to travel with some cash and a travel credit card.

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Hint

Bookmark this Web page as yout Travel Tool Board and use it as a guide for your travels. This is always going to be free and don’t forget to share it with your travel buddies.


Disclaimer: Bear in mind that some of the links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a commission. Keep in mind that I link these companies and their products because of their quality and not because of the commission I receive from your purchases. The decision is yours, and whether or not you decide to buy something is completely up to you.

The Meno smile

tourists

This picture frames Simone and me wearing the traditional Lombok farmer hats and having a good time. Enjoying a spot is not only about the place and weather its also about who’s with you!
Do you prefer to travel alone? 

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The Gili Meno Vlog

How is life on a small island like Gili Meno? we spend a couple of days exploring all corners of this island. Some people live there but mostly tourists visit this island on a day trip on a boat from Gili Trawangan.


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The Gili water swing

gili swing

Somebody had this brilliant idea to place a swing right in the water close to the beach. I dont know which swing was the first but you’ll find a couple of them on Gili Trawangan. Most people just stand there and shoot a picture for the gram. Depending on the tide you can really swing. I had so much fun on this thing, trying to get higher while the water splashes up. Have you ever been on a water swing like this one?

I’ll be honest, i already saw a couple of water swing pictures swinging through instagram before i saw this Gili water swing on the Gili Trawangan Island. Nevertheless it is something fascinating, a swing placed in the middle of the ocean. This one was placed right in front of the hotel we were staying. Someone had the idea of building such a water swing and now there are a handful of swings on the island or in the sea, however you want to call it. During the daytime the swing is often occupied by people shooting pictures and making selfies. The first time i had the chance to get on it, i tried to swing. first attempt failed. One of the two swings was hanging a bit lower than the other one. with the lower one i had no chance to swing because it was too hard to get enough velocity to swing out of the water. It depends on the tide, when it’s high, it gets more difficult, when low, easier. The second try on the other swing was successful. i gained height once the swing came out of the water. Trust me, that was fun!

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