The more I think about it, the more I realize that what is “relatively good” for me can be absolutely miserable for someone else, or even the opposite, may seem luxurious.
That’s why I wanted to clarify with you the words “traveling relatively well” by revealing here how I use and manage my budget. I will at the same time share some tips to help you travel cheaperand therefore longer.
Because yes, when I proclaim loudly like a 21st century Jesus that traveling is not a question of money and I spend an average of 400 euros per month on my travels, does that mean that:
I sleep in the street?
Under a tent ?
That I only eat in a bowl of rice?
That I move from one place to another stop to save my money?
It’s easy to be totally excited about traveling around the world knowing that you will spend only 10 euros a day, but it would become less attractive if the budget involved getting access to a shower only once a week, sleeping in places infested with rats and begging for food!
So how do I use these 400 euros per month during my travels?
First of all, be aware that I would never have promoted spending little money on my travels if my budget involved sleeping in the street while pounding the floor. And although it is true that I have spent a night under the stars on a beach in the Gulf of Thailand, it was a purely personal choice (by the way a bad choice because it was quite horrible be attacked by a horde of flies in the morning!).
But it’s a fact, I travel while paying attention to my budget. My goal is to travel cheaper around the world and therefore spend the least possible, but with a minimum of comfort.
Yes, like everyone else, I need some comfort on the road, although I can opt for accom- modation and never eat in luxury restaurants. It is neither a desire nor my interest to travel around the world in poverty.
To give a better idea of what is really traveling with less than 400 euros per month, let me explain the distribution of my budget in the most common expenses.