A few months ago, Violette & I decided to explore the World.
Our original plan was to cumulate Working Holiday Visas, to work & live for a year in a country and to move on to the next one writing about our adventures on this blog.
We wanted to go first to New Zealand for a whole bunch of reasons, one of them being that it is literally the farthest place on earth from France. But, we didn’t like the idea of taking flights straight to the other end of the planet without experiencing all the life there is in between…
So we did the maths ! We considered the prices of transport, accommodation & activities compared to the cheapest, yet still expensive, plane tickets we could possibly find and decided that we will try to make this trip in 3 months with a tiny budget (2000 € each).
So we bought backpacks, travel clothes & digital gear, let go of all our unnecessary possessions and took the next bus to… Brussels ! From there, we really stepped into the unknown :
- We spent a month in Russia : We started by Saint-Petersburg and then took the Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow all the way up to Olkhon Island on Lake Baikal, which was an amazing experience.
- As we chose the Trans-Mongolian Route, we ended up waiting for our Chinese visas in Ulaanbataar, THE worst place we’ve been to so far, and went on an epic border crossing in Inner Mongolia.
- We finally arrived in Beijin and rest a little bit. We loved the city and the encounters. Next stop was Hong-Kong and it’s sweaty craziness !
- After having rushed our way to South-East Asia, it was time for a little break, don’t you think ? So we spent a few days in Kuala Lumpur and then sailed to Panuba Inn Resort on Tioman Island for a kick ass two weeks holiday (we made an awesome deal with the lovely owner !).
- All tanned & resourced, we discovered Singapore (where our DSLR died on us) and flew to Agnes Waters, Australia so we could finally pay a visit to Violette’s family and spend a few days to discover Brisbane.
- Last but not least, we landed in Windy Wellington (which should have been Auckland if I didn’t messed up with the dates and caught the right flight).
Budget & time management
We actually did quite well for our first backpacking trip on a budget.
We were aiming at a 3 months adventure, including some spare time for the unexpected, and we did it in… exactly 3 months – from May 1st to July 31st ! As for the budget, we did pretty well considering that we had to pay an extra 200€ because we missed our Brisbane to Auckland flight and finally took a Brisbane to Wellington to compensate.
Transportation : 800 € (which would have been the price of the cheapest plane ticket)
Everything Else : 1200 €
Total expected budget : 2000€ per person
Transportation : 1 172,46 €
Food : 475,15 €
Insurance : 129 €
Visas : 125,12 €
Accommodation : 100,25 €
Sightseeing : 89,27 €
Nights out : 46,72 €
Everything else : 136,77 €
Total = 2274,75 € per person
We are currently writing posts about this journey on the “Travel Tales & Tips” category, all stops we made will be covered. Subscribe to our Newsletter to keep track & get more info on the destinations we’ve already been to.
Have you been on a world tour or want to go ? Tell us in the comments below.