One month of travel and we have gone WAY over budget. We wanted to stay under $2000 per month and we have more than doubled that in our first month.
There are a few things to blame:
- Hong Kong was ridiculously expensive. We knew that going in but seeing the numbers in black and white is shocking. We could have done it cheaper of course but I was so sick with jet lag and we all needed familiarity in our short time there. We ate at nicer restaurants and ordered western food which was comparable if not more expensive than eating out back home.
- Mike and I forgot our prescription sunglasses at home and had to purchase new ones.
- We traveled to three different countries…moving between places adds up fast!
- We are still getting our Asian legs. We routinely ordered too much food for our family, we splurged on drinks because they are so much cheaper than back home, and we splurged on our accommodation here in Thailand.
I am hoping we can come under budget next month. Fingers crossed! We now know what cheap food we like at the market, we know what is expensive and what is reasonable at a restaurant, we have water delivery instead of buying expensive single serve containers, and our kitchen is stocked with plenty of food for the days we feel like eating at home!
Here is the breakdown for October:
|Hong Kong (5 Nights)|
|Flight to Penang||436|
|TOTAL HONG KONG EXPENSES||1762|
|Penang, Malaysia (6 nights)|
|Transport to Thailand||190|
|TOTAL MALAYSIA EXPENSES||561.05|
|Nai Yang , Thailand (20 nights)|
|TOTAL THAILAND EXPENSES||1979.83|
|Bank Fees ($5 per transaction. Ouch!)||50|
*Note* We stayed with friends for two weeks in Thailand which is why the accommodation looks so cheap here. When we were staying with them we tried to pay for a lot of the meals where we ate in restaurants so we were buying for 10 people instead of four which is why the food costs seem expensive.
I track our monthly spending at home as well. It helps me to see just where our money is going and to make adjustments to our spending before it’s too late. I’m a numbers kind of gal.
My goal for next month is to be under $2000. Wish us luck!