Budget

Here, we will try to describe at best our budget.

We have decided to travel without working! Actually, we won’t look for any paid jobs. If an interesting opportunity comes to us, why not. We will see in due time.
Actually, we will ‘work’ only in New-Zealand but in exchange for room and board and not for money. It’s called HelpX (a dedicated post will arrive soon). For the rest of our trip, we will backpack like tourists (ok, poor tourists but still tourists).
Even if each night is included in our budget, we hope to find a lot of CouchSurfing (for that too, a post will arrive) to meet locals.

General budget

This table is a summary of all other tables
For the cost estimate, we have taken an average of prices found here and there on the web.  Then a safety margin of 20% has been added to regular life expenses for each country. Yes, we like to forecast (see Back-up money and Budget ‘Back to normal life’) to avoid any misfortune…

Designation Estimate price € 20% margin € Real cost €  Left €
Luggage 2 837 € 2 837 € 2 816 € 0 €
Administrative 936 € 936 € 936 € 0 €
Flight tickets 6 606 € 6 606 € 6 606 € 0 €
Hong Kong 0 € 0 € 110 € 0 €
Australia 4 738 € 5 686 € 10 449 € 5 686 €
New-Zealand 4 928 € 5 914 € 5 914 €
French Polynesia 7 044 € 8 453 € 8 453 €
Easter Island 710 € 852 € 852 €
Bali 1 316 € 1 579 € 1 579 €
South America 2 165 € 2 598 € 2 598 €
French administrative 0 € 0 € 589 € 0 €
Back-up money 19 396 € 19 396 € 5 453 € 13 933 €
Budget ‘Back to normal life’ 7 000 € 7 000 € 7 000 €
Total 57 676 € 61 856 € 21 507 € 40 328 €

 Luggage

We won’t detail purchases for luggage because we bought a lot of stuff. However, we already owned a lot of hiking equipement especially Jeremy.

 Administrative

Designation Estimate price € Spent €
2 working holiday visas – New-Zealand 204 € 204 €
2 visas – Chile (journey of less than 90 days) 0 € 0 €
2 visas – Argentina (journey of less than 90 days) 0 € 0 €
2 visas Australia – (ETA included with flight tickets) 0 € 0 €
2 health insurances  – 12 months 712 € 712 €
2 international driver licences 0 € 0 €
HelpX registration 20 € 20 €
Total 936 € 936 €

Australia

Here is the forecast for 2 months in Australia. To see how much we spent, it’s on the Australian assessment post.

Designation /month $ /month € Total (2 months) $ Total (2 months) €
Campervan rental $2 500 1 600 € $5 000 3 200 €
Leisure $500 325 € $1 000 650 €
Food $400 260 € $800 520 €
Diving (x5) $500 325 €
GPS Australia 43 €
Total 4 738 €

New-Zealand

In New-Zealand, we plan to do HelpX 75%  of our time. During these HelpX, we will be provided with accommodation and meals free of charge, so no expense to sleep and to eat.

Designation         Week € /month $ /month € Total $ Total €
Car cost $2 000 1 225 €
Leisure $500 300 € $3 500 2 100 €
Life out of HelpX (1 week / month) $365 225 € $2 555 1 575 €
      Food $150 90 €
      Motel / Camping $175 110 €
      Gas $40 25 €
Diving (x10) $1 000 600 €
GPS New-Zealand 43 €
Car resale – $1 000 – 615 €
Total for 8 months 4 928 €

Bali

Designation Week € Total / week € Total €
Diving (x4) 100 € 200 €
Leisure 100 € 200 €
Weekly cost 240 € 480 €
      Accommodation 100 €
      Meals 140 €
2 flight tickets New-Zealand / Bali 400 €
2 visas 36 €
Total 1 316 €

French Polynesia

Designation   Week € Total / week  € Total €
2 inter-islands passes 1 094 €
Weekly cost 1400 € 5 600 €
      Leisure 47 750 XPF    400€
      Accommodation 63 000 XPF   650 €
      Meals 41 500 XPF   350 €
Car rental (5 days) 350 €
Diving (x10) 500 €
Total 7 044 €

Easter Island

Designation Total
2 horses rental (5 days) 400 €
Leisure 100 €
Accommodation 60 €
Meals 150 €
Total 710 €

South America

Designation Week Total / week Total €
Santiago / Buenos Aires 790 € 1 580 €
Leisure 300 €
Accommodation 210 €
Meals 280 €
Ushuaia 585 € 585 €
Leisure 200 €
Accommodation 175 €
Meals 210 €
Total 2 165 €

Back-up money

The back-up money is THE travel safety budget. If we don’t spend it, it will be integrated in the ‘Back to normal life’ budget. As we like to enjoy ourselves and we wish to visit Antarctica (this is hypothetical), maybe we will have to use some of this money… At first, this budget was around 5 000 €, in the end that’s what we have left in our bank account after subtracting the other budgets. It will be updated on a regular basis!

Budget ‘Back to normal life’

Because someday we will go home and we just want to make sure to restart our ‘normal life’ with a financial boost . So, some money is blocked.

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