Expense Retrospective, Visualized

Over nineteen¬†months’ hiking and traveling around the world, I recorded every meal purchase, every tip, every ticket, every expense.

Today, I took my first look at the data.

My next data project involves the business and finances around a climbing training startup.

Daily Expenses Across Countries

After cleaning the data from outlier costs (e.g., plane tickets, theft), the per-day expenses by country were as follows:

  • Perhaps surprisingly, Egypt beat out all the Southeast Asian countries to be the cheapest. Amazing what a few regime changes can do to a former tourism empire.
  • Norway tops the list. Of course.
  • Despite Australia’s apparent $12.10 average daily accomodation cost, Australian hostels were on the expensive side. However, the Australian couchsurfing community is huge, and I spent much time couchsurfing.
  • The West Bank was relatively inexpensive, but Palestinian hostels did not exist. Thus, I had to stay in more expensive hotels.
  • I stayed with relatives in England, thus the $0 for accommodation. Assuming $25/day for accommodation (taken from hostel booking sites), England would rank third most expensive at $63.50/day, above Sweden and below New Zealand.


along the Santa Cruz Trail

along the Santa Cruz Trail

A short one; Peru during the rainy season, checking out Macchu Pichu and the Santa Cruz Trail in the Peruvian Andes.


Salar de Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni

After a couple nights in Atacama, saw the sunrise and sunset at Salar de Uyuni, checked out pre-Carnaval festivities in Oruro, and biked down the Yungas Road.