How Much Money Do I Need to Save Before I Go Traveling?

There are two questions I’m asked on a weekly basis.   How much money do I need to travel and how far can I travel for a given amount of money. If you look through my previous posts you can find “11 ways to save money while traveling” but I still receive regular questions about money BEFORE traveling.

I’m confident that everyone planning a backpacking trip has already googled “how much money”  “backpacking budget” etc.  I’m also pretty sure that on every page you found a different answer was given. Unfortunately, there is no answer as to how much money you will need on a trip.  Everything comes down to you, how picky are you and what are willing to live without?

I know people that have lived for less than 10USD a day in Norway and Switzerland and I know people with a 150USD a day budget for Thailand, Mexico, and India. Again I will say how picky are you and what can you live without?

A Spanish friend that I meet in Iran had made it from Ferrol in far western Spain to Iran for less than 100Euro, he hitchhiked and did volunteer work all the way.
In the end, did he make it all the way to Singapore with spending LESS than 500Euro (plus visa fees) on a 10-month journey.

I remember the first time I went on a trip.  I had worked for a few months and I was very concerned and nervous that I didn’t have enough money for even two months of traveling, but I managed to travel for eleven months on that trip.

So save as much money as you can at home before going away.  Live as cheaply as you can for some time. Buying a new smartphone can cost the same as more than one month of traveling in Nepal.   Clubbing (In Norway) just one Saturday will cost you more than one week of traveling in most Asian countries. A cinema trip could cost three days of traveling.  Can you walk or bike to your job instead of driving?

Check out this post from Mary about how she traveled 6months in Asia for 2000usd

Ask yourself the question ‘do I really need to travel for a whole year is six months enough?’  Is it not better to do a short trip if you have a limited amount of money (as most of us do) than to do no trip at all.

I seem to spend less and less money on my trips but most of that is from experience and the first week on the trip is always the most expensive one.

Don’t forget to check out this post about traveling ruined my life

So to answer the question ‘How much money do I need to save up before I go travelling?’  I never spend more than 10,000USD a year traveling, but I have friends that do the same for 1,000USD.   Could I spend less than 10,000USD a year? Yes, definitely!

You can also read my post ” 5 Destinations you can live for less than 20USD (US Dollars) a day”, to get some ideas about where to go or how to save money on food while traveling

5 Comments
  1. Christian, Honestly, it depend where you go. We went to live in NZ or 6 months and we spent $6000 and we went to live in Srilanka for 3 months and we only spent $1000. We love to travel and sometimes, we do work on the side if we have to to afford the travel expenses.

  2. I think it doesn’t really matter that much where you go. I know some people who hitchhiked all the way to Asia and all of them said that they spend most of their money in India – even if it is the cheapest country on their trip. Why? Because it is so over populated and dirty that they had to check in in hostels and hotels. In other countries they were able to stay outside or just go camping.
    for me it was about the same. I hardly didn’t spend any money in Alaska while Ecuador was quite expensive. I traveled with 9000 Dollar for 17 month 🙂 Everything is possible.

    1. Hii.
      I do agree that it does´s rally matter where you travel, with a few exception.
      Especially west Africa where all/most cheap guesthouse/hotel doesn’t accept foreigners.
      On India do I only half agree, If you visit the main touristy areas, like Varanasi, Goa, Rishikesh and Rajasthan etc.

      In those places will the hotels be expensive (its the most overpopulated), but if you head of the tourist trail, especially to the north east, so will it be a totally different world. It´s actually clean up there, no begging, no hassle, but VERY few tourist goes to that area.
      India has the problem that 99% of all tourists only go to the same places, nobody goes out to explore.

      And it’s absolutely no problem to camp in India, but like I said 99% of the tourist in India don’t visit those places.

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