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  • How Much Does It Cost
    To Travel Around The World?

    Money to go travelling

    Without a doubt the most common questions I receive through this site are related to the cost of travelling; “how much does it cost to travel around the world?”, “what is the daily budget for Thailand?”, “how much money do I need for 6 months backpacking around Europe?”, and so on.

    My response is usually the same; “it depends”.

    Some people can travel the world cheaply and others simply can’t - it depends on so many factors, such as the type and quality of accommodation you stay in, how you travel, what, where and how much you eat, whether you drink alcohol or not, what sort of activities you like doing, etc, etc. If you couchsurf, hitchhike and scrounge for food you can travel the world for very little, but that certainly isn't for everyone.

    I have created this tool to give you a rough estimation on the minimum daily amount of money you will need to travel in a particular destination. I am sure some people will be able to travel for cheaper, and certainly many others will spend a lot more, as these figures don't include certain costs. These figures are mainly for people on a scrimper budget. Before using the tool you should probably read below about what these figures mean and how to use them.

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    Figures last updated June 2015.

    Select a destination above for daily budget figures

    Below is a very broad estimation of the ranges you are likely to spend in a week:

    In developing countries - £60-250 ($100-425) per week

    In developed countries £170-550 ($290-930) per week

    Asia In General

    Minimum Daily Budget

    £13 / US$20

    Not including Japan, S. Korea and Hong Kong

    Accommodation Budget: £5 / US$8
    Food & Drink Budget: £4 / US$6


    The "region in general" budgets are obviously very broad
    and should only be used as a very rough guide.

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Latin America In General

    Minimum Daily Budget

    £18 / US$28

    Accommodation Budget: £7 / US$11
    Food & Drink Budget: £7 / US$11)


    The "region in general" budgets are obviously very broad
    and should only be used as a very rough guide.

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Western Europe In General

    Minimum Daily Budget

    €30 / £24 / US$38

    Accommodation Budget: €15 / £12 / US$19
    Food & Drink Budget: €10 / £8 / US$12


    The "region in general" budgets are obviously very broad
    and should only be used as a very rough guide.

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Eastern Europe In General

    Minimum Daily Budget

    €22 / £17 / US$27

    Accommodation Budget: €10 / £8 / US$13
    Food & Drink Budget: €8 / £6 / US$9


    The "region in general" budgets are obviously very broad
    and should only be used as a very rough guide.

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Australasia & Oceania
    In General

    Minimum Daily Budget

    £23 / US$36

    Accommodation Budget: £11 / US$17
    Food & Drink Budget: £8 / US$12


    Around 2012 Australia and New Zealand were very expensive to travel to as they avoided the GFC, but now the Pound, Euro and US Dollar have all strengthened back to "normal" levels post recession.


    The "region in general" budgets are obviously very broad
    and should only be used as a very rough guide.

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    North America In General

    Minimum Daily Budget

    £30 / US$47

    Accommodation Budget: £17 / US$27
    Food & Drink Budget: £9 / US$14


    The "region in general" budgets are obviously very broad
    and should only be used as a very rough guide.

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Africa In General

    Minimum Daily Budget

    £16 / US$25


    The "region in general" budgets are obviously very broad
    and should only be used as a very rough guide.

    Accommodation budgets for Africa can differ hugely, as there isn't a specific tourism sector aimed at backpackers.

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Burma

    Minimum Daily Budget

    US$19


    (approx. £12)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: US$10-17 (approx. £7-11)
    Food & Drink Budget: US$5 (approx. £3)

    Burma has fewer hostels than other SEA countries,
    hence why the accommodation budget is higher.

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Cambodia

    Minimum Daily Budget

    US$16


    (approx. £10)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: US$2-10 (approx. £1-£6)
    Food & Drink Budget: US$6 (approx. £4)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    China

    Minimum Daily Budget

    150 CNY


    (approx. £15 / US$23)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: 30-100 CNY (approx. £3-10 / US$5-16)
    Food & Drink Budget: 50 CNY (approx. £5 / US$8)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Hong Kong

    Minimum Daily Budget

    HK$300


    (approx. £25 / US$39)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: HK$145-220 (approx. £12-18 / US$19-28)
    Food & Drink Budget: HK$110 (approx. £7 / US$11)

    Accommodation can be a huge expense, especially in peak seasons. However other costs are generally low as major attractions are very close to one another and public transport is cheap. Central HK is expensive, but cheaper food can be found across the harbour.

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    India

    Minimum Daily Budget

    1,000 Rupee (INR)


    (approx. £10 / US$16)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: 100-500 INR (approx. £1-5 / US$2-8)
    Food & Drink Budget: 400 INR (approx. £4 / US$6)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Indonesia

    Minimum Daily Budget

    210,000 Rupiah (IDR)


    (approx. £11 / US$17)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: 76k-152k IDR (approx. £4-8 / US$6-12)
    Food & Drink Budget: 58k IDR (approx. £3 / US$5)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Japan

    Minimum Daily Budget

    ¥4,500


    (approx. £24 / US$38)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: ¥2,000-4,000 (approx. £11-21 / US$17-34)
    Food & Drink Budget: ¥1,000 (approx. £5 / US$8)

    Eating out is cheap in Japan, but portions are small.

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Laos

    Minimum Daily Budget

    100,000 Kip


    (approx. £8 / US$12)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: 25,000-50,000 Kip (approx. £2-4 / US$3-6)
    Food & Drink Budget: 40,000 (approx. £3 / US$5)

    Laos is the cheapest country on this list,
    a fantastic destination for travellers on small budgets.

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Malaysia

    Minimum Daily Budget

    RM70


    (approx. £13 / US$21)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: RM21-50 (approx. £4-9 / US$6-15)
    Food & Drink Budget: RM21 (approx. £4 / US$6)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Mongolia

    Minimum Daily Budget

    30,000 Tugrik (MNT)


    (approx. £10 / US$16)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: 12,000-18,000 MNT (approx. £4-6 / US$6-9)
    Food & Drink Budget: 9,000 MNT (approx. £3 / US$4)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Nepal

    Minimum Daily Budget

    1,400 Rupee (NPR)


    (approx. £9 / US$14)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: 470-935 NPR (approx. £3-6 / US$5-9)
    Food & Drink Budget: 470 NPR (approx. £3 / US$5)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    The Philippines

    Minimum Daily Budget

    800 Pesos (PHP)


    (approx. £12 / US$18)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: 280-560 Pesos (approx. £4-8 / US$6-12)
    Food & Drink Budget: 250 Pesos (approx. £4 / US$5)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Singapore

    Minimum Daily Budget

    SG$45


    (approx. £22 / US$34)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: SG$23-33 (approx. £11-16 / US$17-25)
    Food & Drink Budget: SG$12 (approx. £6 / US$9)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    South Korea

    Minimum Daily Budget

    45,000 Won


    (approx. £26 / US$41)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: 20,000-30,000 Won (approx. £12-18 / US$19-28)
    Food & Drink Budget: 12,000 Won (approx. £7 / US$11)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Sri Lanka

    Minimum Daily Budget

    2,200 Rupee (LKR)


    (approx. £11 / US$17)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: 800-2,000 LKR (approx. £4-10 / US$6-16)
    Food & Drink Budget: 600 LKR (approx. £3 / US$5)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Taiwan

    Minimum Daily Budget

    NT$1,000


    (approx. £20 / US$32)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: NT$400-680 (approx. £8-14 / US$12-22)
    Food & Drink Budget: NT$250 (approx. £5 / US$8)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Thailand

    Minimum Daily Budget

    540 THB


    (approx. £10 / US$16)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: 100-300 THB (approx. £2-6 / US$3-9)
    Food & Drink Budget: 240 THB (approx. £4 / US$6)

    Many people think Thailand is much more expensive than neighbours Laos and Cambodia, but you can easily do Thailand for £10 a day. Many people often spend more because either they get ripped off or spend on luxuries. You should haggle for most things in Thailand and stick to the local foods to save money. There is so much competition for accommodation that prices can be very low.

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Vietnam

    Minimum Daily Budget

    450,000 Dong


    (approx. £13 / US$21)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: 130k-215k Dong (approx. £4-6 / US$6-10)
    Food & Drink Budget: 120k Dong (approx. £3 / US$5)

    Vietnam is more expensive than Laos, Cambodia and Thailand, but the quality of accommodation is much better.

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Austria

    Minimum Daily Budget

    €25


    (approx. £20 / US$31)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: €10-25 (approx. £8-20 / US$12-31)
    Food & Drink Budget: €10 (approx. £8 / US$12)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Belgium

    Minimum Daily Budget

    €25


    (approx. £20 / US$31)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: €10-25 (approx. £8-20 / US$12-31)
    Food & Drink Budget: €10 (approx. £8 / US$12)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Denmark

    Minimum Daily Budget

    280 Krone (DKK)


    (approx. £29 / US$46)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: 110-220 DKK (approx. £12-23 / US$18-36)
    Food & Drink Budget: 110 DKK (approx. £12 / US$18)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    France

    Minimum Daily Budget

    €30


    (approx. £24 / US$37)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: €10-30 (approx. £8-24 / US$12-37)
    Food & Drink Budget: €10 (approx. £8 / US$12)

    Accommodation in Paris is considerably higher than the rest of France, you may struggle to find a hostel for less than €15.

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Germany

    Minimum Daily Budget

    €32


    (approx. £25 / US$39)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: €10-25 (approx. £8-20 / US$12-31)
    Food & Drink Budget: €10 (approx. £8 / US$12)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Ireland

    Minimum Daily Budget

    €25


    (approx. £20 / US$31)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: €10-25 (approx. £8-20 / US$12-31)
    Food & Drink Budget: €10 (approx. £8 / US$12)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Italy

    Minimum Daily Budget

    €27


    (approx. £21 / US$33)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: €10-25 (approx. £8-20 / US$12-31)
    Food & Drink Budget: €10 (approx. £8 / US$12)

    "Tourist prices" affect many destinations in Italy.

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    The Netherlands

    Minimum Daily Budget

    €25


    (approx. £20 / US$31)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: €10-25 (approx. £8-20 / US$12-31)
    Food & Drink Budget: €10 (approx. £8 / US$12)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Norway

    Minimum Daily Budget

    400 Krone (NOK)


    (approx. £36 / US$57)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: 215-325 NOK (approx. £19-29 / US$31-46)
    Food & Drink Budget: 135 NOK (approx. £12 / US$19)

    Norway is the most expensive country to travel to on this list.

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Portugal

    Minimum Daily Budget

    €23


    (approx. £18 / US$28)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: €10-20 (approx. £8-16 / US$12-25)
    Food & Drink Budget: €9 (approx. £7 / US$11)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Spain

    Minimum Daily Budget

    €25


    (approx. £20 / US$31)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: €10-25 (approx. £8-20 / US$12-31)
    Food & Drink Budget: €10 (approx. £8 / US$12)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Sweden

    Minimum Daily Budget

    350 Krona (SEK)


    (approx. £30 / US$46)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: 185-280 SEK (approx. £16-24 / US$25-37)
    Food & Drink Budget: 130 SEK (approx. £11 / US$17)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Switzerland

    Minimum Daily Budget

    55 Swiss Franc (CHF)


    (approx. £36 / US$56)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: 25-45 CHF (approx. £16-29 / US$26-46)
    Food & Drink Budget: 17 CHF (approx. £11 / US$17)

    Swiss cities are very expensive, but outside of them prices are similar to other parts of Western Europe.

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    The United Kingdom

    Minimum Daily Budget

    £25


    (approx. US$39)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: £10-25 (approx. US$16-39)
    Food & Drink Budget: £10 (approx. US$16)

    The South, particularly London, is notably more expensive than the North.

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Bulgaria

    Minimum Daily Budget

    40 Lev


    (approx. £16 / US$25)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: 12-35 Lev (approx. £5-14 / US$8-22)
    Food & Drink Budget: 15 Lev (approx. £6 / US$10)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Croatia

    Minimum Daily Budget

    160 Kuna (HRK)


    (approx. £16 / US$26)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: 60-115 HRK (approx. £6-12 / US$10-18)
    Food & Drink Budget: 55 HRK (approx. £6 / US$9)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Czech Republic

    Minimum Daily Budget

    600 Koruna (CZK)


    (approx. £17 / US$27)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: 140-420 CZK (approx. £4-12 / US$6-19)
    Food & Drink Budget: 220 CZK (approx. £6 / US$10)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Greece

    Minimum Daily Budget

    €25


    (approx. £20 / US$31)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: €10-25 (approx. £8-20 / US$12-31)
    Food & Drink Budget: €10 (approx. £8 / US$12)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Hungary

    Minimum Daily Budget

    7,000 Forint (HUF)


    (approx. £18 / US$28)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Min Daily Accom Budget: 1,500-5,500 HUF (approx. £4-14 / US$6-22)
    Food & Drink Budget: 2,750 HUF (approx. £7 / US$11)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Russia

    Minimum Daily Budget

    1,500 Rubles (RUB)


    (approx. £18 / US$28)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: 600-1200 RUB (approx. £7-14 / US$11-23)
    Food & Drink Budget: 600 RUB (approx. £7 / US$11)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Slovenia

    Minimum Daily Budget

    €20


    (approx. £16 / US$25)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: €10-20 (approx. £8-16 / US$12-25)
    Food & Drink Budget: €7 (approx. £6 / US$9)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Turkey

    Minimum Daily Budget

    65 Lira


    (approx. £18 / US$29)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: 27-55 Lira (approx. £8-16 / US$12-25)
    Food & Drink Budget: 22 Lira (approx. £6 / US$10)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Argentina

    Minimum Daily Budget

    270 Pesos


    (approx. £20 / US$31)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: 70-200 Pesos (approx. £5-15 / US$8-23)
    Food & Drink Budget: 100 Pesos (approx. £8 / US$12)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Brazil

    Minimum Daily Budget

    100 Real


    (approx. £25 / US$39)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: 25-60 Real (approx. £6-15 / US$9-23)
    Food & Drink Budget: 35 Real (approx. £9 / US$14)

    Brazil is the priciest country in South America.

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Bolivia

    Minimum Daily Budget

    150 Boliviano (BOB)


    (approx. £14 / US$22)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: 50-100 BOB (approx. £5-9 / US$7-14)
    Food & Drink Budget: 40 BOB (approx. £4 / US$6)

    Bolivia is the cheapest country in South America.

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Chile

    Minimum Daily Budget

    20,000 Pesos (CLP)


    (approx. £21 / US$33)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: 6k-14k Pesos (approx. £6-15 / US$10-23)
    Food & Drink Budget: 7k Pesos (approx. £7 / US$11)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Colombia

    Minimum Daily Budget

    70,000 Pesos (COP)


    (approx. £19 / US$31)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: 17k-50k Pesos (approx. £5-14 / US$8-22)
    Food & Drink Budget: 25k Pesos (approx. £7 / US$11)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Ecuador

    Minimum Daily Budget

    US$25


    (approx. £16 )
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: US$8-15 (approx. £5-10 )
    Food & Drink Budget: US$10 (approx. £6 )

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Paraguay

    Minimum Daily Budget

    125,000 Guaraní (PYG)


    (approx. £17 / US$27)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: 37k-74k PYG (approx. £5-10 / US$8-16)
    Food & Drink Budget: 50k PYG (approx. £7 / US$11)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Peru

    Minimum Daily Budget

    100 Nuevo Sol (PEN)


    (approx. £22 / US$34)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: 25-50 PEN (approx. £5-10 / US$8-16)
    Food & Drink Budget: 35 PEN (approx. £8 / US$12)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Uruguay

    Minimum Daily Budget

    900 Pesos (UYU)


    (approx. £24 / US$38)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: 370-555 Pesos (approx. £10-15 / US$16-24)
    Food & Drink Budget: 300 Pesos (approx. £8 / US$12)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Venezuela

    Minimum Daily Budget

    200 Bolívar Fuerte (VEF)


    (approx. £20 / US$32)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: 50-100 VEF (approx. £5-10 / US$8-16)
    Food & Drink Budget: 70 VEF (approx. £7 / US$11)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Australia

    Minimum Daily Budget

    AU$50


    (approx. £27 / US$42)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: AU$20-35 (approx. £10-18 / US$17-30)
    Food & Drink Budget: AU$15 (approx. £8 / US$12)

    Around 2012 Australia was very expensive to travel to as they avoided the GFC, but now the Pound, Euro and US Dollar have all strengthened back to "normal" levels post recession.

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    New Zealand

    Minimum Daily Budget

    NZ$45


    (approx. £22 / US$35)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: NZ$20-30 (approx. £10-15 / US$16-24)
    Food & Drink Budget: NZ$15 (approx. £7 / US$11)

    Around 2012 New Zealand was very expensive to travel to as they avoided the GFC, but now the Pound, Euro and US Dollar have all strengthened back to "normal" levels post recession.

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Fiji

    Minimum Daily Budget

    FJ$60


    (approx. £20 / US$32)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: FJ$15-50 (approx. £5-17 / US$8-27)
    Food & Drink Budget: FJ$24 (approx. £8 / US$12)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Belize

    Minimum Daily Budget

    BZ$60


    (approx. £19 / US$30)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: BZ$19-38 (approx. £6-12 / US$9-19)
    Food & Drink Budget: BZ$22 (approx. £7 / US$11)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Canada

    Minimum Daily Budget

    C$50


    (approx. £28 / US$44)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: C$25-35 (approx. £14-25 / US$22-39)
    Food & Drink Budget: C$16 (approx. £9/ US$14)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Costa Rica

    Minimum Daily Budget

    15,000 Colón (CRC)


    (approx. £18 / US$28)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: 5,000-8,500 CRC (approx. £6-10 / US$10-16)
    Food & Drink Budget: 6000 CRC (approx. £7 / US$11)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Cuba

    Minimum Daily Budget

    20 Convertible Peso (CUC)


    (approx. £13 / US$20)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: 6-12 CUC (approx. £4-8 / US$6-12)
    Food & Drink Budget: 9 CUC (approx. £6 / US$9)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    El Salvador

    Minimum Daily Budget

    US$20


    (approx. £13 )
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: US$6-12 (approx. £4-8 )
    Food & Drink Budget: US$9 (approx. £6 )

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Guatemala

    Minimum Daily Budget

    200 Quetzal (GTQ)


    (approx. £17 / US$27)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: 60-120 GTQ (approx. £5-10 / US$8-16)
    Food & Drink Budget: 85 GTQ (approx. £7 / US$11)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Honduras

    Minimum Daily Budget

    500 Lempira (HNL)


    (approx. £15 / US$24)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: 165-330 HNL (approx. £5-10 / US$8-16)
    Food & Drink Budget: 230 HNL (approx. £7 / US$11)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Jamaica

    Minimum Daily Budget

    JA$4,000


    (approx. £22 / US$34)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: JA$1770-2655 (approx. £10-15 / US$16-24)
    Food & Drink Budget: JA$1250 (approx. £7 / US$11)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Mexico

    Minimum Daily Budget

    400 Pesos (MXN)


    (approx. £18 / US$28)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: 110-220 Pesos (approx. £5-10 / US$8-16)
    Food & Drink Budget: 150 Pesos (approx. £7 / US$11)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Nicaragua

    Minimum Daily Budget

    600 Córdoba (NIO)


    (approx. £15 / US$23)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: 165-330 NIO (approx. £4-8 / US$6-12)
    Food & Drink Budget: 250 NIO (approx. £6 / US$9)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Panama

    Minimum Daily Budget

    US$25


    (approx. £16)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: US$11-17 (approx. £7-11)
    Food & Drink Budget: US$11 (approx. £7)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    United States of America

    Minimum Daily Budget

    US$50


    (approx. £32 )
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: US$23-47 (approx. £15-30 )
    Food & Drink Budget: US$12 (approx. £8 )

    Whilst food is generally cheaper than Europe, accommodation is much more expensive, as outside of cities you may only find motels and budget inns. In addition hostels in cities such as New York can easily cost $50 a night.

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Botswana

    Minimum Daily Budget

    280 Pula


    (approx. £19 / US$30)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Budgets for Botswana can differ hugely, as there isn't a specific tourism sector aimed at backpackers. Use the figure above as only a rough guide.

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Egypt

    Minimum Daily Budget

    E£150


    (approx. £13 / US$20)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: E£35-70 (approx. £3-6 / US$5-10)
    Food & Drink Budget: E£60 (approx. £5 / US$8)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Ghana

    Minimum Daily Budget

    65 Cedi


    (approx. £13 / US$20)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Budgets for Ghana can differ hugely, as there isn't a specific tourism sector aimed at backpackers. Use the figure above as only a rough guide.

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Kenya

    Minimum Daily Budget

    2,250 Shillings (KES)


    (approx. £16 / US$25)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Budgets for Kenya can differ hugely, as there isn't a specific tourism sector aimed at backpackers. Use the figure above as only a rough guide.

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Madagascar

    Minimum Daily Budget

    66,000 Ariary


    (approx. £16 / US$25)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Budgets for Madagascar can differ hugely, as there isn't a specific tourism sector aimed at backpackers. Use the figure above as only a rough guide.

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Malawi

    Minimum Daily Budget

    10,000 Kwacha (MWK)


    (approx. £13 / US$20)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Budgets for Malawi can differ hugely, as there isn't a specific tourism sector aimed at backpackers. Use the figure above as only a rough guide.

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Morocco

    Minimum Daily Budget

    225 Dirham (MAD)


    (approx. £16 / US$25)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: 70-140 MAD (approx. £5-10 / US$8-16)
    Food & Drink Budget: 85 MAD (approx. £6 / US$10)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    South Africa

    Minimum Daily Budget

    350 Rand


    (approx. £20 / US$31)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Accommodation Budget: 100-280 Rand (approx. £6-16 / US$9-25)
    Food & Drink Budget: 125 Rand (approx. £7 / US$11)

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Tanzania

    Minimum Daily Budget

    50,000 Shillings (TZS)


    (approx. £18 / US$28)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Budgets for Tanzania can differ hugely, as types of accommodation can vary and certain places like Zanibar are more expensive than the rest of the country. Use the figure above as only a rough guide.

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Tunisia

    Minimum Daily Budget

    45 Dinar


    (approx. £15 / US$24)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Budgets for Tunisia can differ hugely, as there isn't a specific tourism sector aimed at backpackers. Use the figure above as only a rough guide.

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Zambia

    Minimum Daily Budget

    190 Kwacha (ZMW)


    (approx. £19 / US$30)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Budgets for Zambia can differ hugely, as types of accommodation can vary and certain places like Victoria Falls are more expensive than the rest of the country. Use the figure above as only a rough guide.

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.

    Click on the country for an 'All You Need To Know Guide'.

    Zimbabwe

    Minimum Daily Budget

    US$30


    (approx. £19)
    Approx conversions are rounded & may be inaccurate;
    find latest exchange rate information here.


    Budgets for Zimbabwe can differ hugely, as types of accommodation can vary and certain places like Victoria Falls are more expensive than the rest of the country. Use the figure above as only a rough guide.

    Remember these figures are MINIMUM amounts for people on a scrimper budget, and
    the total doesn't take into account certain costs.



    What Do These Figures Mean And How Should You Use Them?

    As I mention above it is extremely difficult to give general budget estimates.

    The estimates on this page have been worked out through my first hand experience in travelling to certain destinations, as well as extensive research throughout the web. The aim is to show the minimum amount you will need per day for a particular destination.

    The accommodation budgets are the most accurate figures; they have been calculated using actual rates from sites such as Hostelworld. The figures have been gauged using averages from the 5 most popular destinations in a particular country; the smaller figure is the average of the lowest priced hostel and the bigger figure is is the average of the highest priced hostel, within reason (extortionately priced hostels were not used in the calculation), in each destination. If you are on a tight budget you really should keep your accommodation costs between these brackets and try to stay nearer the low end bracket. However take into account that in some cities (such as Paris, NYC and Sydney) this budget may increase significantly in comparison to the country as a whole.

    The food budget isn’t to be taken quite as literally. It is difficult to calculate, particularly as different people eat different amounts of food. Another example of why it is hard to estimate is that you can easily find local food in places such as Thailand for under £1, but if you are fussy eater and want western food you can expect to pay 3 or 4 times as much. The figure is a rough guide of how much a basic breakfast, two decent sized meals of lunch and dinner and 4 litres of bottled water will cost. The food budgets also take into account whether you will be cooking for yourself or eating out – in developed countries it is assumed you will be cooking for yourself and in developing countries that you will be eating out.

    The total figure is a good guide as to the minimum amount of money you will need to survive in that particular destination. As well as the low average accommodation cost and food budget, the total includes other miscellaneous costs, such as local transport. Remember you will often only need to spend money on accommodation and food during a day, for example if you visit a beach destination, you are unlikely to need transport to get to the beach and all activities should be virtually free. All figures have been round up to the nearest round number. The "region in general" totals are the averages of all the countries in the region, with the exception of Asia, which does not include Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong.

    The total figures do not take in to account;

    Any long distance travel

    I.e. any flights, or bus/ train journeys of more than 25km. As you won't be travelling long distances everyday I have not including them in the total. Again speaking broadly, a four hour journey by bus or train will cost around about 50% of the total daily budget for that country - i.e. a 4 hour bus ride in Australia will cost around AU$25, meaning your total daily budget will rise to AU$75. Flights no matter where you are will cost at least US$50, and more than likely be upward of US$100.

    Any tours, trips or activities

    A trip will generally cost about double the total budget per day. Food and accommodation may or may not be included in the price. For expensive activites such as bungee jumping, skydiving, white water rafting and scuba diving, you can expect to pay well over double the price of the minimum daily budget.

    Alcohol

    The price of alcohol isn't relative to general living costs and some people drink more than others, so it is not included in the minimum daily budget. This website shows the cost of a pint of beer in each destination.

    Luxury food and unnecessary goods

    I.e. coffee and souvenirs. If you are on a tight budget these items should be avoided. A coffee in developed countries will cost you £2-3 ($3-5); 4 a day could potentially be £12 ($20) added to your daily budget.

    Fees and charges

    These can include anything, such as lost deposits, booking fees, etc. If you use your common sense they can be kept down, and even avoided all together.

    Start up costs

    Start up costs vary from trip to trip and may include items such as:

    • Backpack (£60-150; $100-250)
    • Contents of your backpack (£0-250; $0-400)
    • Insurance (approx £200-300; $330-500 for a year)
    • Vaccinations (most free in the UK, up to £200; $350)
    • Visa (£0-80; $0-135)
    • Flights/ RTW ticket/ Rail passes (£600-2500; $1000-4100)


    I hope this article has helped give you an idea of how much money you should save to travel the world. There are a few other articles about the cost of travelling on this site and you might want to read about; Types of Backpacking Budgets, Money Saving Tips, Budget Planning and How To Fund Your Travels.

    If you feel that any of these figures are not realistic then please let me know via the contact page, but only if they are too high, remember these are minimum budgets.

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