The biggest annoyance of my trip is not sharing a bedroom with 5-10 strangers every night, or even brushing my teeth with bottled water.
It is not the fact that toilet paper isn't a thing, or that I can't walk down the street without being followed by trinket vendors.
It's not even the fact that I got pen ink on my sheets and my hostel charged me $10 to replace them (more than the cost to stay there).
It is the fact that everyone thinks that my parents are funding this trip. From longtime friends to new ones I meet on the road, everyone gives me a knowing look in regards to the help they believe I am receiving to be here.
I get it. I am 23. I just graduated college (kinda). How on earth could I ever afford such an extravagant and extended trip?
It is simple: I saved my money and I set a budget for how to afford traveling in Southeast Asia.
Budgeting is the key to the entire trip, but it is also the part people most commonly over look.
Even if you're given a lump sum for money for a trip, how do you turn that into seeing the world? How do you make it last? How do you use it to reach your goals?
You must set a budget for your trip!
I set a goal for myself when I planned this trip: travel for 2 months in Southeast Asia and spend $2600 on the entire trip, not counting airfare.
The same budgeting principles apply no matter how much money you have.
In the full spirit of "if I can do it, you can too," I present my complete backpacking budget, out in the open for you to watch and learn as I make it happen.
Sometimes I will go over, sometimes I will go under (that is called evening out).
I truly hope this helps you find a way to make your dream trip happen!
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