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Monthly Budget Update – August


This is our last budget update before we begin traveling. From here on out we are planning to do individual country wrap ups which will explain the specifics of what each country cost us. I think that’s a lot more meaniful than a monthly update, which will be highly dependent on where we are, etc. That said, I was considering doing 6 months updates on our actual budget since that is a bit of a landmark in terms of travel.

The following should give a good sense to readers as to how much money we are starting with before we set out. It will also address some of the expenses that we have incurred along the way.

We have a few final checks coming our way from unused vacation and our last week of work (in a week or so when we get this I’m simply going to update this, if anyone is interested).

Pre-Travel expenses:

Medical Expenses (Vaccines, Medicine, Appts)

  • Dave $230
  • Vicky $255
  • Both $100

Total = $585

Electronic Equiptment 

  • Laptop – $480
  • Kindle – $39
  • Netbook – $256
  • Voice recorder – $50
  • Camera Lens – $266
  • Hard Drive – $60

Total = $1152


  • Backpacks
  • Shoes
  • Travel Towels
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Mosquito Spray

Total = $590


  • Hosting Service – $286.20 (36 months)
  • Theme – $59
  • JustCloud Back Up – $87.52

Total = $432.72

Travel Insurance

  • Dave – $630
  • Vicky – $630


  • Dave – $230
  • Vicky – $170


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10 Responses to Monthly Budget Update – August

  1. Hi Guys – just found your site today, it’s great! My bf and I are leaving for our RTW trip in March and we’re trying to save as much as we can before we go too. I’ve found it difficult to dip into our savings to buy travel gear and gadgets, even though they’re all necessary for the trip. Have you found that? I think you get in such a ‘save, save, save’ headspace that it becomes hard to spend anything! Did you not include your the cost of your flights in your pre-trip costs?

    Amy September 17, 2012 at 4:06 PM Reply
    • Hey Amy, yes definitely. The upfront costs of the trip were way more than we expected and it takes the wind out of the sails a bit to spend so much before you even get going. We should include the flights probably but we got them all paid for by credit card miles, which I think I mentioned here. They were $635 each for two direct flights from NYC to Osaka, not bad! We will be putting together a packing list shortly so you can see what we ended up bringing, as well as providing updates monthly to go over what we actually USED.

      Dave and Vicky September 17, 2012 at 8:37 PM Reply
      • Yep, you definitely got a good deal on your flights; ours have taken up a fair chunk of our pre-trip costs so far, even though we’ve only booked tickets to New Zealand and then onward flights to Australia (we plan to but the rest as we travel). I love reading packing lists so I’m looking forward to seeing yours!

        Amy September 18, 2012 at 3:31 AM Reply
        • yeah we are also buying as we go, allows for a bit more spontaneity, though some countries, like china, wanted to see entry and exit in order to get the visa so you have to consider that.

          Dave and Vicky September 18, 2012 at 9:54 AM Reply
  2. Guys,

    I just wanted to say I’ve been following your blog for a while now (I picked up some useful back-end tips from you for improving my own site recently so thanks for that Dave). Anyway, it’s good to see you’re finally on the road. In fact, I don’t think I ever followed a non-travelling travel blog so much! Having followed your blog prior to you taking off I was curious to see what direction you’d take once on the road. So I’m looking forward to keeping tabs on your adventure.

    I’ve been meaning to connect with you guys for a while but I do have a question for you now. How the hell did you manage to get a laptop, a Kindle, a Netbook, a voice recorder, a camera Lens & a hard drive for $1102?! Just curious. Ha.

    Happy travels guys and keep up the good work.


    David M October 4, 2012 at 10:46 PM Reply
    • Thanks Dave, we felt kind of silly writing all that while we weren’t traveling but it was nice to get the hang of things a bit before we took off, and I’m glad you enjoyed it and that the technical tips worked out.

      Basically the break down:
      computer $480
      netbook $256
      kindle $39
      camera lens $266
      recorder $50
      hard drive $60

      That totals $1152, so maybe I’m a bit off somewhere or I didn’t include the recorder? Pretty close though, but I’ll adjust the article.

      The computer we got a huge discount on because we had a staples coupon + the computer had a discount/rebate + it was July 4th week so sales (I think in total it was like $250 off). Here’s the article for that.

      The netbook was refurbished, works like new though!

      The kindle is not a touch screen, it’s mostly for PDFs and such.

      But ya, it was all a steal.


      Dave and Vicky October 5, 2012 at 8:48 AM Reply
  3. Wow guys! I ve been having a read through a few of your posts and everything is so THOROUGH, very detailed stuff so keep up the good work!! One thing I’ve also completely now realised is I am such a cheapskate tight ass backpacker that can’t compete in the market with a lot of you guys – $51 grand saved?!!! Are you serious??? That’s more than I’ve even spent on my entire last 4 years of travel (which included $5,000 for Antarctica), I’m really at the bottom end of the market it appears!! Hopefully someone out there will want to read my money saving tips though, a regular feature on Don’t Stop Living. I’ll be checking out your other budget reports now too! Safe travels, Jonny

    Jonny Blair May 21, 2013 at 10:22 PM Reply
    • Thanks Johnny, we try to be as thorough as possible, otherwise, what’s the point right?

      Dave and Vicky May 22, 2013 at 10:10 AM Reply

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