When I first discovered that people were taking extensive time off to travel the world, I was amazed. As I did my research I found a lot of blog post about how much it cost to travel the world for X amount of time. They were great reports that gave detailed information, however one of the things I was surprised to not find was how much it cost to prepare for a trip around the world.
I am very good at keeping track of money and any expenses I may have. From the moment I knew I was going to backpack around the world I began to buy things that I needed. I wanted to buy the majority of the stuff I needed well before my departure date so it didn’t feel like I was spending a fortune right before I am about to leave.
I have managed to already buy everything I need for this trip. I have already shown you everything I am taking with me around the world. I am now going to list how much I spent on everything so if you are planning a trip around the world you can have a ballpark figure of how much it may cost you. I am only going to list things that I actually bought, something’s I already had and didn’t need to buy.
- Clothes – $115
Includes 2 new shirts, 8 pair of underwear, 6 pair of socks, 2 pair of cargo shorts. I managed to buy all my clothes either on sale or clearance, that saved me a lot of money.
- Toiletries – $15
Includes travel size shaving cream, shampoo, gel, hand sanitizer, lotion, sunscreen, toothpaste and Neosporin.
- Passport Photos – $13
Includes 30 extra passport photos. TIP: Go take 2 professional ones and then go to Walgreens or CVS and scan them and make cheap copies of them.
- Guidebooks – $36
Includes Lonely Planet Middle East and Lonely Planet Central America on a Shoestring.
- Locks – $10
Includes 3 locks
- Money Belt – $10
Includes 1 Rick Steve’s Silk Money Belt.
- Packing Cubes – $ 15
Includes 3 slim packing cubes
- Travel Towel – $ 20
Includes Sea to Summit Tek Towel – Large
- Capsule Speaker – $ 17
Includes 1 X-Mini II Capsule Speaker
- Cases for electronics – $20
Includes 13” Macbook PRO sleeve & external hard drive protective sleeve. Thankfully my sister works at an electronic store and was able to get me a great discount on these.
- Memory Cards – $34
Includes 4GB memory cards x 2
- Backpack – $183
Includes Deuter ACT Lite 40L + 10L Pack
- Laptop – $1189
Includes 13” MacBook PRO I purchased it on black Friday so I was able to get $100 off.
- Plane Ticket – $196
Includes a 1-way ticket to San Jose, Costa Rica.
- Travel Insurance – $299
Includes 6 months World Nomads Travel Insurance.
- Vaccinations – $327
A lot of vaccines are required to travel the world.. You can read about that here.
Total with laptop – $2303
Total with out laptop – $1114
I realize that everyone is going to have different circumstances when it comes to planning a trip around the world. I did this to give you an idea of how much it could cost you. I also realize not everyone is going to buy a brand new MacBook PRO so that is why I placed the two totals. I also know that not every one may be able to find a plane ticket that cheap to start their trip. You can replace that amount with whatever your first plane ticket cost you. The cost can also be a bit higher if you decide to book some tours in advance.
Please take this as an example of what it cost me to prepare for my trip around the world and use it to give yourself a ball park figure of what it may cost and budget these expenses in. If you are planning or thinking about doing a trip around the world I hope this helps you see what your pre-travel expenses may be. I would also recommend to start buying things little by little so you do not feel the impact of it all right before your trip.