Aussie budget estimate

After only a few days in Perth I can legitimately say: ouch. I’m spending way too much per day. Even if I don’t consider the phone chips that cost a lot on the first day, the taxi from the airport, as well as the few things I needed for my two-day train trip, I’m way […] Read More

Cape Town budget

Cape Town was both incredibly cheap, and expensive. Depending on what you spend your money on. Accommodation – on the expensive side. Even with the exchange rate being in my favor. The only reason why I spent not too much on it is that Sven paid the apartment we stayed in fully. And it was […] Read More

Cheap India

India was cheap, as expected and hoped. I did not spend that much on accommodation for three weeks, especially considering I stayed in hotels. But even those were cheap. I think I could have spent a bit more, for a little bit of luxury. The nights in the Radisson were essentially free, but I used […] Read More

Bangkok spending

And here are the details on the budget spent in Bangkok. Again, this city is not really comparable, as I did not have to spend anything for accommodation, thanks to Daria’s generosity. I had a top-notch place with pool, without ruining myself. A hotel would have cost around 200 Euro. So here are the final […] Read More

Hong Kong Budget

It was damn, damn expensive. Period. Not only was the accommodation expensive from the start, but I needed to quickly find a place to stay once the China trip fell through. I had two hotels, one in Macau, one for the last few days in Hong Kong. Both were deals, but still way over my usual […] Read More

The cost of Non-China

So, Will has cancelled all the bookings. He will go up north to inspect a factory they work with, but basically only a day trip. We came out of this non-Visa situation relatively ok. We only had to pay: – 240 RMB to cancel the train tickets – 82 USD for my room (first night plus […] Read More

Cost of living in Mexico

From all I had heard, I knew Mexico would be one of the cheaper stops on this trip. The cost of living is, in comparison to Europe, much cheaper, and the exchange rate adds to that, too. Which immediately made me book a nicer place, as I felt I could afford it… and it was worth […] Read More

One more time (RTW#3)

It took a long time to figure out what I wanted to do with the three months’ extension I granted myself on this trip. And just when HR mailed me the signed OK for the prolongation  only three days after the expiration of the first sabbatical year (not that I had already booked the flights, anyway…) […] Read More

San Francisco budget

And here is the budget for my time in San Francisco, without the money spent on the Burning Man adventure. However, the figures here are not representative and comparable to the other cities I have visited. First and foremost, I did not spend anything on accommodation here, thanks to Renato&Dennis’ generosity. I also practically spend […] Read More

Burning Man budget

Burning Man is not about the money. Well, partially. While there, I hardly touched any. You can’t buy much there. It’s about gifting, giving and getting… a different kind of exchanges. The only thing you can actually buy there with your Dollars is coffee at the Center Camp, and ice blocks or cubes at the […] Read More

Pricey Seattle

Seattle was pricey. I already realized that during my airbnb hunt. And Capitol Hill especially was expensive. I could have paid 25$ a night for a sleeping bag (though I am not sure if that was a joke, but there were three on offer…) So accommodation was a big part and would gobble up more […] Read More

Montréal pas cher

Here are the figures for my Montréal spending. In total, the city was way cheaper than expected, mostly due to low rental prices. An apartment in Montréal is not expensive. I think the price for my apartment was cheaper than my first small place in Brussels, rented 12 years ago. Just to put it in […] Read More