Archive for April, 2013

List 17/52 – Four more blog posts about travel budgets

Consider this list an addendum to List 15/52. These posts just keep popping up and I find them fascinating.

1. How much did our trip cost? by Where’s Sharon?

2. Our Backwards Definition On Being a Budget Traveler by Living The Dream

3. Talking Travel Budgets for Long Term or RTW Travelers by Suitcase Stories

4. Our Budget: One Month In Chiang Mai, Thailand by One Giant Step

List 16/52 – Things we’re travelling with that we didn’t take on our last big trip

Our last big trip was three months travelling through Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos in 2004/05 on our way to live and work in the UK. These are the things we didn’t travel with back then that we’ll be travelling with this time.

1. The kids – because they didn’t exist in 2004.

2. A laptop – in 2004 I had never even owned a laptop. We bought our first one when we arrived in the UK. In SE Asia we relied on internet cafes for email access and to burn our photos onto CDs as we went.

3. An iPhone – as with point 1 they didn’t exist.

4. Facebook – we did have the blog back then (trip posts start here) but as with points 1 and 3 Facebook didn’t exist. This will be a whole new way to keep in touch on the road. You can like The Places We Go here.

5. A stroller – an extra piece of luggage that goes with having the kids. You could add to this all the other bits and pieces they’ll require!

6. Wedding clothes – woo hoo! Looking forward to Dave’s brother’s wedding on Koh Phangan.

7. Teaching clothes – we’ll be spending a month volunteer English teaching in Thailand.

Here’s a pic from our last trip. Dave looking over the Mekong from our hotel in Kratie, Cambodia (the day we found out about the tsunami).

Cambodiai

List 15/52 – Five Blog Posts About Family Travel Budgets

1. So How Much Did Our Trip Cost? by With Two Kids in Tow, It’s Backpacking We Go: Cost summary of a year of travel for a family of four through South East Asia and Canada.

2. Our RTW Budget: $100 a Day! by Travel Junkies: Includes actual expenses for four months of travel so far.

3. Six Months In Asia – What Did It Cost? by Worldschool Adventures: Cost summary of a six month trip for a family of four.

4. Budget Travel is a Relative Term for Families by Walking on Travels: Sample budgets for a whole range of family travel ideas.

5. RTW Travel – How Much Does It Cost by WanderMom: $150 a day for a family trip.

List 14/52 – The House

While we’re away on our trip our house will be looked after for us by housesitters. Dave’s brother’s girlfriend’s parents (got that?) are coming from the UK to spend six months based here in our home. Perfect! Before they arrive we have a list of things we need to get done around the house.

1. New side and back fences.

2. Finish making over the new linen cupboard and get rid of the old one.

3. Get the house treated for cockroaches (the English are not used to the beasts we have here.)

4. Clean clean clean. Wash couch cushion covers, get rugs cleaned, clean oven, etc etc.

5. Pack up some of our stuff to clear out wardrobe and drawer space.

6. BIG house-wide purge of stuff. Especially the kids’ toys. I figure they’ll forget about them in six months time and the ones that are left will be amazing on our return.