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This post was last updated on July 13th, 2020 at 04:15 pm
I never planned my backpacking trip. I didn’t pack to go backpacking. I didn’t plan my 3 month Southeast Asia itinerary. I didn’t prepare to go backpacking. I certainly didn’t budget to go backpacking. But that’s what I found myself doing.
Since returning from my travels many people have asked me how did I afford such a trip without saving? And looking back on it, I can see why people would ask such a question. I ate out every day, I drank beers most nights, I visited every tourist attraction along my route- so how did I afford all of this?
The answer- 1 months salary.
Admittedly, my last months salary didn’t last forever, but it really was incredible how much I got out of the final pay packet. Money that would usually be spent on the likes of car insurance, food shopping and utility bills was now being spent in a way I had never spent money before.
With one months salary I…
- Probably spent at least 2 full weeks in transit between destinations- that would probably cost a months salary in itself at home!
- Played with tigers at Tiger Temple
- Visited the world’s biggest temple in Cambodia
- Gone partying at the Full Moon parties
- Relaxed on the numerous beautiful beaches of Thailand
- Experienced the craziness of tubing in Laos
- Cruised for 2 nights in a boat in the incredible Halong Bay
- Trekked with natives in the picturesque Sapa in North Vietnam
- Ate what must have been over 100 meals out in restaurants
- Drank the local beer in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam
- Enjoyed at least 20 relaxing massages!! Again, this alone would probably add up to almost a months salary at home!
- Made too many new friends to count
That money would have lasted about 3 weeks at home and yet lasted 3 months in Asia, and at home I wouldn’t have had anywhere near as much fun!!!
What can you do with a months salary?