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Old 01-13-2013, 12:59 PM
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Hi, I am going travelling next year. I was just wondering how much money I would need to save and how much I need to take with me?


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That's just like asking 'how long is a piece of string?'

There are so many unanswered variables that your question is impossible to answer.

Where are you going? Where are you now?
When are you going? How long are you going for?
How do you intend to travel? What type of accommodation will you be staying in? What type of food will you be eating? Will you be partying?

Some people can live on a shoestring in NYC, others can blow a fortune in Thailand. It all depends on you. I suggest you work out the answers to the questions above and do lots of research.

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I have done lots of research in fact. I was asking how much money someone took with them when they went travelling doesn't matter where or when just want a brief idea. I have been over the world with my parents so they paid for everything but now it's time for me to go on my own I have asked them but they are not sure as there was 5 of us travelling!!!! I need someones advice on a single traveller!!!!!!!!!!!


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It does matter where, because a week in Las Vegas will cost you way more than a week on a beach in Vietnam. Also prices are different during a particular location's high season, so it also matters when. Asking an older person how much they took to Vietnam in low season to sit on a beach is irrelevant if you're going to Vegas in high season to party.

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It does matter where, because a week in Las Vegas will cost you way more than a week on a beach in Vietnam. Also prices are different during a particular location's high season, so it also matters when. Asking an older person how much they took to Vietnam in low season to sit on a beach is irrelevant if you're going to Vegas in high season to party.
Okay right I'm going travelling in Australia next year the month will be beginning of April is this any help? I'm flying into Melbourne and then starting my travelling from there.


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Yes, it's a start! When I came back to Melbourne for a holiday in August, my wife and I hired a car and travelled along the Great Ocean Road to Warrnambool, from there we went up to the Grampians, and from there across to Mt Hotham for a few nights in the snow - all up, including car hire, accommodation, food and ski hire, we spent close to $5000 in two weeks. We hired the cheapest car available ($29 per day) and stayed in cheapish hotels, apart from My Hotham where we splurged with an amazing chalet.

As I wrote, everyone's different, so you could do it a lot cheaper, or you could spend much more.

My advice would be to save as much as you can. It's always better to come back from a holiday with money in the bank than to run out in the first week!

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Yes, it's a start! When I came back to Melbourne for a holiday in August, my wife and I hired a car and travelled along the Great Ocean Road to Warrnambool, from there we went up to the Grampians, and from there across to Mt Hotham for a few nights in the snow - all up, including car hire, accommodation, food and ski hire, we spent close to $5000 in two weeks. We hired the cheapest car available ($29 per day) and stayed in cheapish hotels, apart from My Hotham where we splurged with an amazing chalet.

As I wrote, everyone's different, so you could do it a lot cheaper, or you could spend much more.

My advice would be to save as much as you can. It's always better to come back from a holiday with money in the bank than to run out in the first week!
Okay thanks for the advice!!!!!!!!!!!


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No problem. It took a bit, but we got there in the end!

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Or you can do up a budget for yourself

Look up the hotels you will stay at record the amount for each night
Do an online quote for car hire or if you're using public transport cost that in,
Plan for your meals (you know what you eat) Cheap meal is around $5, Fine Dining - Mains ~ $40+, if you're a drinker, you need to add that in, then...
According to your spending habits put down how much you're likely to spend (i.e. shopperholic vs penny pincher).

If you intend on doing any activities, going to specific events or needing internal flights, mini holidays within a holiday, add that to your costs.

As you're in a different country and Australia is not cheap compared to say Asia, I'd add 20% buffer and if you're prone to blowouts, then I would up the buffer amount or at least have access to credit facilities.

Voila you have how much you are likely to spend

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Save as much as you can, book as early as possible (to take advantage of any promos/discounts) research for the cheapest accommodation, have your itinerary ready and plan ahead of time!

Good luck!


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