Cost: A Luxurious Experience in Vietnam on a Backpacker Budget
We know that everyone spends differently, and a budget can be extremely variable; however, after leaving an area, we want to provide some perspective on the cost associated with staying there for anyone interested in doing a similar trip. Our budget of $ 150/day (our initial lower target range was $ 100 but we are obviously nowhere close to that!) is for 2 people and does not include the $ 10,000 round-the-world flights (plus trip insurance) already paid for. The budget also does not account for the bills we are continuing to pay at home. The bulk of our budget allows for low-to-mid-range lodging in hostels, budget hotels, or guesthouses for a target of $ 60/double; meals/drinks; use of public transportation; and cost to do some sightseeing and/or activities. At $ 150/day, we have found we are not depriving ourselves from any experiences; except that, as foodies, we aren't as liberal with our budget on finding the best and trendiest restaurants (which we haven't missed at all). An article titled, "Set Your Daily Number" by the veteran travel bloggers from Married With Luggage confirms that a daily average is a simple strategy for setting and meeting a budget. We've got in the habit of taking a few minutes to record our daily expenditure so we can make small adjustments along the way.
29-DAYS IN VIETNAM
Total $ 4190 or $ 145/day! We just finished traveling through our 3rd Southeast Asian country, Vietnam. Normally, we would've expected the cost to be similar to Thailand and Cambodia where we spent ~$ 130/day, but we weren't sure after we splurged on a few travel details on our final leg of our round-the-world trip.
Incredibly, after a 3-day luxury cruise in Halong Bay, several overnight train rides, coughing up airfare to get back down to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) in 2 hours instead of 3 days, and staying in mostly real hotels, we have managed to make it (barely) under our $ 150/day budget in Vietnam!
Here's our cost breakdown.
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