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I want, with my "Travel Budget", to offer a “Travel Resources Website”, with a focus on Budgeting Trips, no matter how short or long:
1. The part "Budget Tips" focuses on Reducing Travel Costs.
2. The part "Overall Travel Budget" displays budget information for Short Trips & Long Term Travel with a detailed Budget Breakdown for more than 30 countries (and counting), for continents and for various types of travel.
3. The part "Country Budget Guides" offers an in-depth insight on organizing & budgeting trips to specific countries that I visited extensively and loved.

Budget Guide To Thailand

Budget Guide To Thailand

This trip to Thailand was definitely different: instead of a backpacking or “flashpacking” type of travel, it was more a mid-range to upper mid-range holiday, with comfortable hotels, convenient transports and lots of nice activities like almost one massage a day or scuba diving. The budget displayed bellow has hence little to do with the one of a backpacker... - Read More

Budget Guide To Rwanda

Budget Guide To Rwanda

When traveling through Rwanda, you first have to decide if you want to focus on the country itself and hence backpack through Rwanda or if you want a “Safari” kind of experience, going through several National Parks (including the Parc National des Volcans). This decision... - Read More

Budget Guide To Colombia

Budget Guide To Colombia

My two visits to Colombia were quite different: in summer 2009, shortly after my first Round The World Trip, I was traveling on a (tight) budget. In 2016, I was back for 7 weeks to Colombia, and was actually “Flashpacking”: sleeping in nicer hostels or even some more upscale guesthouses… - Read More

Budget Guide To Ethiopia

Budget Guide To Ethiopia

The types of travel were completely different on those 3 trips, mainly because you cannot travel the different areas of Ethiopia the same way: To visit the Danakil Depression, you (...); true, you can discover the Lower Omo Valley on (...); On the other hand, the Northern Historical Route can (...) - Read More

Budget Guide To Sri Lanka

Budget Guide To Sri Lanka

This trip was to some extend both “Flashpacking” & “Mid-Range”. Flashpacking because we chose mostly small and cheap but pleasant guesthouses, went to small local restaurant and actually did nothing special but for… The car! Since we only had 10 days in Sri Lanka, we rented a car with driver… So all in all we ended up with a budget at the lower end of the mid-range type of travel. - Read More

Budget Guide To Myanmar

Budget Guide To Myanmar

I am basically a Flashpacker and this is how I traveled in Myanmar in February 2015. I prefer to stay in hostels or local guesthouses, but (almost) always stay in private rooms with ensuite bathrooms. Longer distance I covered by plane, like Bagan to Inle Lake and Inle Lake to Yangon. Good food is important to me, this can be a food stall... - Read More

Budget Guide To Rajasthan

Budget Guide To Rajasthan

The 3 trips to Rajasthan were quite different, and this shows in the budget spent: During the first 2 trips, with limited time at hand (each time 12 days) and India being a rather cheap country, I opted against traveling low budget. Instead I frequented “mid-range” hotels or Havelis and pleasant local restaurants (classic Flashpacking trip)... - Read More

Budget Guide To Brazil

Budget Guide To Brazil

My two visits to Brazil couldn’t be more different: in 2007, I was on a Round The World Trip and hence traveling on a budget. In 2015, I was on a 6 week trip to Brazil, and was actually Flashpacking: mostly pleasant Pousadas instead of Hostels, indulging quite a few activities and local tours... - Read More

Budget Guide To Vietnam

Budget Guide To Vietnam

We are basically Flashpackers and this is how we traveled both times we visited Vietnam, in 2003 & 2015. We prefer to stay in hostels or local guesthouses, but always stay in private rooms with ensuite bathrooms. Longer distance we covered by plane, like Ho Chi Minh City to Danang... - Read More

Budget Guide To Cambodia

Budget Guide To Cambodia

Our two trips to Cambodia could not have been more different from each other. In July 2008, we were on a Round The World Trip (one year), and therefore on a somewhat tight budget (between Backpacking and Flashpacking). In December 2014, Gilles accompanied his father on his “Bucket List Trip”... - Read More

Budget Guide To Laos

Budget Guide To Laos

Our two trips to Laos could not have been more different from each other. In June 2008, we were on a Round The World Trip (one year), and therefore on a somewhat tight budget (between Backpacking and Flashpacking). In November 2014, Gilles accompanied his father on his “Bucket List Trip”... - Read More

Budget Guide To Malawi

Budget Guide To Malawi

This travel in Malawi was a classical two-week trip with pleasant mid-range type of accommodation. On top, we rented a car. Three nights we even stayed in very nice, but pricey lodges. - Read More

Budget Guide To Iran

Budget Guide To Iran

This was a short trip (2 weeks), with a “flashpacking” to mid-range standard of travel. As far as hotels are concerned, we chose rather budget guesthouses and hostels, except in Shiraz and Qom, where we splurged a little and enjoyed good mid-range hotels. Otherwise, we were not pinching pennies - Read More

Budget Guide To Ladakh

Budget Guide To Ladakh

India is a very cheap place to travel, and Kashmir & Ladakh are not different – Making a good level of comfort affordable, while rock bottom backpacking costs next to nothing. Once again we opted for a reasonable level of comfort, however avoiding pricey hotels that are usually deadly boring. The only real treat we allowed ourselves was renting a private car - Read More

Budget Guide To Southwest Rajasthan

Budget Guide To Southwest Rajasthan

Like on our first trip to Rajasthan in 2012, we opted against travelling low budget. Instead we chose “mid-range” hotels and restaurants. This trip could definitely be done a lot cheaper than spending 40 Euros per person per day, but allowed us to enjoy some incredible comfort - Read More

Budget Guide To Oman

Budget Guide To Oman

Oman is an upscale and expensive destination, no matter how you travel and how hard you try to save money - Read More

Budget Guide To Zimbabwe

Budget Guide To Zimbabwe

We did a 3 week Self-Drive Safari through Zimbabwe’s National Parks. It was an expensive trip, no beating around the bush! - Read More

Budget Guide To East Rajasthan

Budget Guide To East Rajasthan

With only 12 days at hand, temperatures around 40 degrees and India being a rather cheap country, we opted against travelling low budget. Instead we frequented “mid-range” hotels and restaurants. This trip could definitely be done a lot cheaper than spending 44 Euros per person per day - Read More

Budget Guide To Uganda

Budget Guide To Uganda

We decided to use the services of a local Tour Operator to visit a string of National Parks in the West of the country during two weeks. The third week, we splurged at the cozy 2Friends Guesthouse in Jinja. So this ended up as one of the most high-end and most expensive trips we have ever done! - Read More

Budget Guide To Ethiopia

Budget Guide To Ethiopia

We visited Ethiopia twice in 2010-2011. Both times we travelled during the busy season (Christmas and Easter) and spent about two weeks in the country each time. This is not our preferred time and tempo. Nevertheless we felt a lot less rushed than most other tourists. Especially large groups on buses... - Read More

Budget Guide To Bulgaria

Budget Guide To Bulgaria

For this trip we chose a far more comfortable way of travelling than usual – first of all we stayed only 17 days, secondly the temperatures were oppressing and above all, the prices incredible cheap. So we rented a car, stayed in mid-range and sometimes even at Boutique Hotels. And of course... - Read More

Budget Guide To Colombia

Budget Guide To Colombia

Colombia was actually not as cheap as we hoped it would be. Travelling there is more expensive than in many other countries on the continent. We spent on average 37 Euros per person per day, not much less than we had spent in Brazil (41 Euros) & much more than in Peru (33 Euros), Venezuela (30 Euros) and of course Bolivia (29 Euros)... - Read More

Budget Guide To China

Budget Guide To China

China’s Southwest is unbelievably cheap to travel for western tourists: even though we significantly upgraded our standard of living and traveling, no longer really taking care of what we spent, we spent about 35 Euros a person per day. This could have been cut by at least one third, of course if we wanted to! - Read More

Budget Guide To New Zealand

Budget Guide To New Zealand

We spent almost 6 weeks in New Zealand, four on the South Island and a little less than two on the North Island. New Zealand is not a budget destination, nevertheless, we managed to spend 59 Euros per person per day, less than what we had budgeted. This is rather unexpected! How comes we did not spend much more? - Read More

Budget Guide To The Cook Islands

Budget Guide To The Cook Islands

Yes, we all know that the Pacific islands are extremely expensive, not talking about cost for getting there. But the Cook Islands are an interesting option for traveling in this region, not only because of their beauty but also for the fact that you can travel on a reasonable budget and still enjoy yourself! - Read More

Budget Guide To French Polynesia

Budget Guide To French Polynesia

We only spent 6 days in French Polynesia, four of them diving in Fakarava and two stopovers in Papeete. So our summery has to be seen in this context. Diving in Fakarava is simply amazing, one of the most fascinating diving spots in the world. We marveled at the colorful fish and often felt as if swimming in the middle of an aquarium - Read More

Budget Guide To Easter Island

Budget Guide To Easter Island

This week on the Easter Island was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. We thought we would have lots of time to rest and do nothing spending a whole week on this island, but were very busy visiting the various events of the festival and the more famous sites of standing Moai - Read More

Budget Guide To Argentina

Budget Guide To Argentina

We stayed 58 days in Argentina and spent no less than 2.840 Euros per person, which means an average of approx. 53 Euros per person and day. No need to say that this is a lot, even much more than Brazil, where we spent an average of 40 Euros per person and day, not to talk about Bolivia … - Read More

Budget Guide To Chile

Budget Guide To Chile

Chile is definitely the most expensive country we have been in South America, by far! Of course, prices are lower than in Europe or in North America, but are much higher than Brazil or Argentina, not to talk about Venezuela, Peru and of course Bolivia... - Read More

Budget Guide To Bolivia

Budget Guide To Bolivia

Bolivia is a cheap country, surely the cheapest we have ever been. But instead of saving, we rather decided to significantly upgrade our standard of living for the time we spent there: we chose more comfortable hotels, always with heating on the Altiplano and with a much higher level of comfort; we did not bother to cook… - Read More

Budget Guide To Peru

Budget Guide To Peru

All in all, we spent on average almost exactly the same amount of money per day as in Venezuela: 33.5 Euros or 47 USD. Yes, the present exchange rate Euro-Dollar is the best thing that could happen to us! Peru is to some extend a very cheap country, especially coming from Brazil, but classic tourist activities can be at times really pricy. - Read More

Budget Guide To Brazil

Budget Guide To Brazil

Brazil is definitely no longer a budget destination. This made us actually shorten our stay here and with lots of guilty feelings we decided to skip certain destinations such as the Chapada Diamantina National Parc or the whole Minais Gerais region to spend more time in cheaper countries such as Peru or Bolivia. - Read More

Budget Guide To Venezuela

Budget Guide To Venezuela

Venezuela is a very cheap country to travel, especially if you use the black currency market that is widespread. The inflation is high and therefore has lead to a de facto strong devaluation of the Bolivares, the national currency. Since Hugo Chavez decided a fix parity to the US Dollar, a black market has developed for trading the USD, the Euro or the Brazilian Real. - Read More