People get funny when talking about money. Whether it’s your salary, 401k value, new car price, or how much a trip costs, no one wants to come across as a pretentious braggart. Well, stuff costs money, and people spend their money in different ways. With that in mind I’m going to borrow an idea from my friends over at OneSixtyK and provide a weekly breakdown of what it’s costing me to hang out over here in Australia. My hope is that it helps someone plan for his or her own trip.
|Week 1, 1/28 – 2/3||Sydney (not cheap)|
|Transportation||$66||cab, train, ferry|
|Dining||$69||street vendors, cafes, starbucks, etc|
|Groceries||$62||misc food, toiletries, umbrella|
|Entertainment||$75||zoo entry, IMAX movie|
|Lodging||$314||seven nights, airbnb.com|
|Shopping||$85||gifts, souvenirs, cellphone SIM card|
|Week 1 Total||$671|
|Airfare||$1943||SLC -> LAX -> SYD|
While typing all that out I realized that it’s going to be tough to track what I’ve spent using cash, so take the total number as as my best guess. For example, I spent a little over $200 in cash during the first week, which includes all of my transportation and some of my dining, but I may have missed a trip to McDonald’s.
I’m travelling solo and I’m not that extravagant so the “fanciest” dinner I had was a burger that cost $22. A very popular travel blog scared me with how expensive meals would cost in Sydney, saying that you should budget $25 just for lunch. An 8″ pepperoni pizza can be had for eight bucks and that’s good enough for me. You can also make the trip more affordable by mixing in free events such as a visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art near the Opera House or a trip to one of the many awesome beaches and parks.
So there you have it. I knew the first week in Sydney would be expensive. I have a few tricks up my sleeve to make the trip more affordable so stay tuned…