Travel budget for 6 months in Asia

Emma - 28 October 2016

We have no idea if this is going to work! In fact, it seems somewhat foolhardy to contemplate that we can travel the world for cheaper than the cost of living at home. But we've crunched the numbers, and this seems sensible to aim for!

As a couple, travelling SE Asia for 6 months, our budget is £10,000.

Admittedly, this doesn't include flights, which we're expecting to be about £1,000 each.

The breakdown of our expected average daily costs are:

  • £15 accommodation
  • £15 food and drink
  • £15 transport
  • £15 activities

So that's £60 for the both of us, or £30 each.

I make that £420 per week, or £1680 per month. For the full 6 months it's £10,080 (but I reckon we can shave off the £80!)


We're hardy types, and happy to rough it in a £5 bungalow wherever we can find one. Ideally we'll be in private rooms, but dorms (or a tent!) will do when we need to tighten the purse strings. The problem is that places like Singapore and Taiwan have pretty steep rates even for dorm beds, which will hike up our average!

Travel budget piggy bank

Food and Drink

This is pretty much half the reason we're travelling, so we definitely don't want to scrimp too much! But I love street food, and am at my happiest scarfing noodles on a blue plastic stool, so that will work in our favour. So will the fact that neither of us are big drinkers, so we'll be having a cold beer when we feel like it, but probably not hitting the clubs.


I find this one hard to estimate… there'll be days when we hire motorbikes to explore the countryside, but there'll be days when we lounge around a bungalow doing nothing. There'll be days when we have to take long distance buses or trains, or days when we just jump on the local bus for 20p. We're not dashing around and our plans are flexible, but we are hoping to see nine countries in the six months, which is quite a big ask. We'll let you know how we get on!


I love to experience a place to the full, but am a bit skeptical about some of the incredibly priced tourist activities I've been researching. So a day volunteering at an elephant project that makes a real difference to the animals, and paying for the privilege, yes yes yes. Ziplining between two islands on Borneo just because you can for £15? Nahhh. Where we can, we like to make our own 'activities' rather than going on tours, but sometimes the latter is unavoidable.

So there you have it. We'll be using a neat app we found from Never Ending Voyage called Trail Wallet and we'll let you know how we do.

What do you think? How much did you spend when travelling?