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.
With few exceptions, I found the above trends to mirror countries’ 2015 Consumer Price Index:
A finer breakdown of the categories is here:
Overall Per Day Expense
Per-day expenses averaged across the whole trip averaged out to $39.56, not including airfare ($6463.60) and outlier events(~$2000).
All in all, spending totaled to approximately 30K USD.
The jumps are generally plane ticket purchases, with three exceptions (one fun, two not-so-fun):
- 13-April-2014: Island Peak Climbing Permit in Nepal
- 25-Sept-2014: Passport Kerfuffle in Namibia
- 23-April-2015: Theft in Colombia
I welcome any suggestions for playing with the data.