That's what we asked ourselves and we started to search on Google. The answers are very different, from €5 to €100 for a day. Everything depends on your way of travelling and the length of your trip. Our plan was to travel for an indefinite time. Our previous trips learned us that we can travel with a daily budget of €15. One year world trip will cost €5.475. This is about €450 every month, which is way less than the average rent of an apartment in Amsterdam. Right now we are travelling more than a year and spent €12 a day. How do we do this?
The last fifteen months we listed all our spendings during the world trip. This way we know how much we spent and what we buy with the money. With €12 a day per person we can travel without any problems. Do we have to live like a beggar or a vagrant? Absolutely not! With €12 a day we can do all these things:
All this we can do for €12. Off course we have to make some sacrifices. Expensive tours, stylish hotels and fancy restaurants are out of reach. We learned to enjoy and appreciate the small things in life. And the one time that we splurge the money on some luxury, we enjoy it double as much. We are not counting our budget day by day. Some days we spent nothing, while other days we need €50. On average it is €12 a person a day.
Travelling by bicycle saves a lot of transportation costs. But even more, travelling by bike is the reason that we are on a low budget. You learn to live with just little stuff and basic places to spent the night. Accommodation is generally the most expensive part of the trip. Luckily there are enough opportunities to sleep for free, in exchange for wonderful experiences. Travelling by bike helps a lot. Some tips:
In the morning we never know where we are going to sleep. On the bicycle we love this lifestyle and always get amazing experiences in return.
Sometimes we ask the bakery if they have something left from yesterday. Often we get some pastries, cookies or empanadas. On the bicycle we are used to eat old bread, so something from yesterday doesn't bother us. Things like dumpster diving in supermarkets we never tried.
Off course it is! Accommodation and restaurants are more expensive in Europa but also there we travelled with €12 a day. On the Camino Santiago there a guesthouses and hostels in every village. You can sleep for €5 to €10 in a warm bed. South America isn't that cheap. Supermarkets in Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina have the same prices as in Europe. And Patagonia is more expensive than most countries in Europe. Luckily the nature is so beautiful that we love to sleep in our tent there.
Off course! There are people who travel for free. They do everything hitchhiking, sleep inside the toilet of a gasoline station and ask for free meals in a restaurant. We can do what we want with €12. With less money we would have to lower our standard, which has a negative effect on our wanderlust. With our budget we can travel independent. Whenever we feel like sleeping inside or eating a decent meal, we can afford it. On the other side we are dependent on our adventurous lifestyle and courage to find something cheap now and then. This way our travel budget gives us much more than the €12 we spent every day.