When I travel, I like to try to keep track on my daily spending. I came to South East Asia, with a rough budget plan, and I am trying to stick to it. All my costs get recorded in a notepad, which made it easier to budget.
I’m not overly frugal however, I don’t stick to the budget 100%. Some days I will spend a lot more, and others a lot less, so it sort of works out.
Bali and, subsequently Lombok was the first stop on my 4 month trip around South East Asia. I did end up sticking to my per daily budget, but probably could have done this all a lot cheaper.
Indonesia uses the Rupiah (Rp or MYR) as its currency, as of July 2014, the exchange rate for 100,000 Rp (just to make it easier to convert):
Australia Dollars: $8.90
US Dollars: $8.30
NZ Dollars: $9.50
Here is a breakdown of all my costs:
I stayed mostly in hostels, which were fairly cheap, and one homestay which was slightly more expensive
Total cost: 2,160,000 Rp
I mainly took buses, taxi’s and one return ferry journey to get around Bali
Total cost: 1,587,000 Rp
Total cost: 502,000 Rp
Food and drink:
I ate out all the time, or had street food. Mainly as I was moving around all the time, and most places I was staying didn’t have cooking facilities. It was cheap, but I could have eaten cheaper. Sometimes I splurged on a nice restaurant.
Total cost: 2,136,500 Rp
This included things like postcards and stamps, laundry and additional toiletries I had ran out of.
Total cost: 206,000 Rp
Cost for 17 days in Bali and Lombok:
7,221,500 Rp ($647 AUD)
$38 AUD, $40 NZD, $35 USD, or £20 per day
Bali is a great place to visit if you are on a budget, but it won’t be the cheapest place in South East Asia.
Do you record trip costs? Where is the cheapest and most expensive place you have travelled?