In my nature I am not a traveler. I like routine, I like simplicity, I like my things. I wasn’t born to be a traveler. I was however born with the gift of travel.
My father is a pilot, that means I am able to travel for free until the day I turn 24. In my current 23.36 years of life, I have travelled to the following international locations. Mexico, Canada, Japan, Amsterdam, Germany. This is quite a bit of travel from my understanding, but I can still do better given the circumstances.
I have 6k to my name and 6k in school debt, and 1.94 Ethereum (worth ~$7.3k @ $3800/eth) locked up forever in a stupid text file on my laptop.
With my financial situation absolutely fine I put together a spreadsheet on Google Docs with some high estimations. I’d like to go to Greece and Croatia for one week each, then Iceland for two, here’s how the money shakes out.
|Reykjavik, Iceland||$/Day||14 Day Cost|
Honestly I don’t think that’s too bad, all the estimations for this are a little pretty high, so hopefully I’ll be able to get that down easily. I think the best way to get it cheaper would be to cut the $50/day for food. From what I read Iceland doesn’t have super special cultural food, so I can just buy some food at the grocery store and have PB&J for two weeks, maybe a nice dinner twice a week, but I can definitely cut back. I think I’ll shoot for $1400 over two weeks.
Also Hostel and Car are combined into one category because I don’t need a hostel and a car, sleep in the car when traveling, hostel when not. I would like to have the chance to stay in Reykjavik for a night or two so there will likely be some overlap, but limiting the time I have to pay for both would be good.
Also some friends of mine will come, we’ll see.
Here’s how some approximations of the costs for Greece and Croatia shake out. I figure they are going to be comparable so I’ll throw them into one table.
|Greece & Croatia||$/Day||14 Day Cost|
The only real difference here is the Hostel and Car costs are a bit lower, and same deal with food, I can probably go cheaper. A concern I have is that the Tourism cost will be higher then I have budgeted. My sister had a few weeks in Greece and said it costs $20 to go see many of the historical sites there, so if I am to see more then one place in a day, it’ll cost more. I’m not really worried about that per se. I mean, if I can spend two weeks there for a little more then budgeted, that’s fine and I can save money in other ways if things get really tight.
So overall, I’m anticipating spending over 3k on this trip, which for four weeks isn’t bad, and I can skrimp and save, or I can have nice dinners here and there, and generally have a good time. Not that having a fun time internationally requires a lot of money. But as I mentioned before, I’m not much of a traveler, so if I’m spending some extra money on food, who cares.
Here is a picture of the Moon I took, so I can be sure I know how to attach pictures. I don’t really know how to make them smaller, so it’ll be awkward until I care to figure it out