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Travel Budgets around the world

An overview of the money I spent on my Kiev to Kuala Lumpur trip. Note that while I generally travel on a budget, it is not necessarily a shoestring budget. I try to determine the right budget for the right country, based on info in guidebooks, websites and forums. Prices of visas vary greatly for different nationalities, the prices mentioned here are what I paid at the embassies in Netherlands/Belgium (unless where else noted)

Updated June 19, 2011
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  1. Expensive "General Tips & Advice" in Ukraine
    Country: Ukraine/Moldova Period visited: 2010 - 11 nights (includes transit through Poland and Romania) Visa cost: n/a Budget per day: 100 Euro Actual per day: 90.51 Euro Why so expensive? Accommodation is very expensive in both countries. F…
  2. Ridiculously Expensive "General Tips & Advice" in Turkey
    Country: Turkey Period visited: 2010 - 20 nights Visa cost: 15 Euro / 90 days (visa on arrival) Budget per day: 55 Euro Actual per day: 81 Euro Why so expensive? Turkey is no longer the value destination it once was. While accommodation and …
  3. Cheap "General Tips & Advice" in Georgia
    Country: Georgia Period visited: 2010 - 5 night) Visa cost: n/a Budget per day: 60 Euro Actual per day: 31.7 Euro Why so cheap? A nice surprise! By taking an overnight train and spending one night with a couch surfer, I managed to cut down o…
  4. Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Armenia
    Country: Armenia Period visited: 2010 - 4 nights Visa cost: 12 Euro / 21 days (visa on arrival) Budget per day: 60 Euro Actual per day: 53 Euro Why so cheap? I travelled around the country on day-trips from Yerevan, which proved surprisingly …
  5. Ridiculously Expensive "General Tips & Advice" in Azerbaijan
    Country: Azerbaijan Period visited: 2010 - 4 nights Visa cost: 65 Euro / up to 28 days (for overland trips you need to obtain a visa in advance, which is valid for the amount of days you have a hotel reservation for) Budget per day: 150 Euro Act…
  6. Cheap "General Tips & Advice" in Iran
    Country: Iran Period visited: 2010 - 28 nights Visa cost: 85 Euro + LOI / 30 days Budget per day: 45 euro Actual per day: 31 euro Why so cheap? After the disastrous experience with my budget in Turkey I adjusted my budget for Iran. Thankfully…
  7. Expensive "General Tips & Advice" in Turkmenistan
    Country: Turkmenistan Period visited: 4 nights Visa cost: 45 Euro / 5-day transit Budget per day: 55 Euro Actual per day: 61 Euro Why so expensive? Turkmenistan is an expensive country. I couch-surfed 2 nights, but also booked a tour to see …
  8. Cheap "General Tips & Advice" in Uzbekistan
    Country: Uzbekistan Period visited: 2010 - 7 nights Visa cost: 80 Euro + LOI / 14 days Budget per day: 55 Euro Actual per day: 37.5 Euro Why so cheap? Uzbekistan was one of the countries which were surprisingly good value. Food, alcohol and a…
  9. Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Tajikistan
    Country: Tajikistan Period visited: 2010 - 12 nights Visa cost: 45 Euro / 14 days Budget per day: 55 Euros Actual per day: 22.8 Euros Why so cheap? I travelled through Tajikistan with two guys who travelled by car. We did wild camping for ab…
  10. Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Kyrgyzstan
    Country: Kyrgyzstan Period visited: 2010 - 11 nights Visa cost: 65 Euro / 14 days, double entry Budget per day: 65 Euro Actual per day: 27.9 Euro Why so cheap? I was still travelling with the same guys with a campervan, so I had very little t…
  11. Expensive "General Tips & Advice" in Kazakhstan
    Country: Kazakhstan Period visited: 2010 16 nights Visa cost: 45 Euro / 30 days Budget per day: 65 Euro Actual per day: 62 Euro Why so cheap/expensive? Accommodation is very expensive in Kazakhstan as is transportation (unless you can reserve…
  12. Cheap "General Tips & Advice" in India
    Country: India Period visited: 2010 - 11 nights on my own / 23 nights with a friend on organised trip Visa cost: 37 Euro / 60 days (at embassy in Kazakhstan) Budget per day: 35 Euros on my own, 75 Euro on organised trip Actual per day: 36 Euros o…
  13. Cheap "General Tips & Advice" in Nepal
    Country: Nepal Period visited: 2010 - 32 nights Visa cost: $ 30 / 30 days + $ 30 extension for every 30 days Budget per day: 40 Euro Actual per day: 65.1 Euro Why so expensive? I did a lot of 'fun' things: Paragliding, bungy jumping, guided t…
  14. Expensive "General Tips & Advice" in Lhasa, China
    Country: Tibet (China) Period visited: 2010 - 8 nights Visa cost: $ 58 for 31 day China visa incl. travel permit (embassy in Nepal). Budget per day: 125 Euro Actual per day: 87.9 Euro Why so cheap/expensive? You can not travel Tibet independ…
  15. Cheap "General Tips & Advice" in China
    Country: China (excluding Tibet) Period visited: 2010 - 25 nights Budget per day: 45 Euro Actual per day: 47 Euro Why so cheap/expensive? Accommodation, food and beer are all very cheap, with Chinese hostels being the best value of all the cou…
  16. Very cheap "General Tips & Advice" in Laos
    Country: Laos Period visited: 2010 - 4 nights Visa: $ 37 / 30 days (visa on arrival) Budget per day: 45 Euro Actual per day: 59 Euro Why so expensive? Laos is cheap, but I booked a 3 day/2 night jungle tour for 220 Euro (worth every cent!). …
  17. Expensive "General Tips & Advice" in Thailand
    Country: Thailand Period visited: 2010 - 11 nights Visa cost: n/a (when arriving overland max stay is 15 days, which cannot be extended) Budget per day: 35 Euro Actual per day: 96 Euro (without diving: 67 Euro) Why so expensive? Like Turkey, …
  18. Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Malaysia
    Country: Malaysia (incl Brunei) Period visited: 2010 - 20 nights Visa cost: n/a Budget per day: 40 Euro Actual per day: 66.5 Euro (without diving: 50) Why so expensive? Like in Thailand, I did a fair bit of diving in Malaysia, which attribute…
ccjbeachbum says:
love the list - i may copy it ok lol once again loved it
Posted on: Jun 17, 2012
Gavinda says:
Great list, very specific and helpful. Thank you.
Posted on: Nov 23, 2011
sarahsan says:
Great list with valuable info! Thanks for sharing!
Posted on: May 16, 2011
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