Before we started on the trip I really wanted someone to give me a straight answer about how much money you need to save before travelling. And I researched as much as I could without leaving my bedroom. It is a really tough one to answer but we haven’t earned any money in the last 5 months and I’d say we have spent about *searched for a pound sign…damn I’m in New Zealand!* 5000GBP between the two of us. We worked out today that we are currently spending on average $55 a day for two when working for accommodation and about $75 per day between two when staying in campsites in the van.
Obviously we laid out a whole heap of cash for a van. And the flights. But as long as you don’t drink a lot in the wrong places and are willing to cook your own (basic ingredients) food, then you’ll be right. If you book on tours/ for activities these will take chunks out of your budget, so choose wisely. And decide, do you want to live somewhere for a while or tick off your list? That will affect the money you need and what you spend it on.
Tips for cheap travel:
- GO VEGETARIAN! Seriously, get good at making lentils appetizing. Eggs also are your friend.
- Invest in a few herbs and spices (helps with achieving point #1)
- Flour. Milk. Oil. = flat bread pizzas, crepes, pancakes, white sauce… Staples are your friend.
- Use DOC campsites (the one in Port Jackson was my favourite so far) for $10pp (and sometimes cheaper!) accommodation
- Many places in New Zealand have communal BBQs so make the most of outdoor dining
- Use happy hour wisely
- If you want to buy a meal, you get more for your money at lunchtime
- Work exchange programmes e.g., Workaway, WWOOF (if you’re into organic farming), HelpEx (we haven’t tried this but similar principle to workaway), ask if the local hostel offer work for accommodation
- Go outside, take a walk, draw what you see, talk to people. All free. And knowing Kiwis, you’ll probably end up having dinner at someone’s house or being invited to stay! Bonus.