December 2014 Travel Summary

Hellooooo, 2015! I’ve been looking forward to writing this month-end summary. I didn’t write one for November 2014 because I only started traveling during the last week. However, December was absolutely amazing. I got used to the backpacking life, met great people on the road, found some towns that I’d love to return to someday. I realized that, while I may have a down day every once in a while, they seldom last longer than a day, and thus I don’t have to worry about it. I’m not going to do a December recap so soon after my reflection post on 2014, so let’s just get on to some figures!

Countries visited: 2 – Cambodia, Laos

Cities/towns visited: 11 – Siem Reap, Battambang, Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, Koh Rong, Kampot, Kompong Cham, Stung Treng, Don Det, Pakse, Vientiane

Types of transportation taken: 13 –

Best experience: Learning how to ride a motorbike in Kampot, Cambodia and getting lost in the surrounding countryside


Worst experience: Feeling cheated during the Cambodia-Laos border crossing


Favorite food: Coffee shakes at Noy’s Fruit Heaven in Vientiane. Strong, sweet, and the perfect creamy texture.


Expenses breakdown:

Transportation $184.36 23%
Accommodation $164.97 21%
Lao visa $35.00 4%
Food $307.40 39%
Other $98.53 13%

Total spendings for December 2014: $790.27*

Average per day: $25.49

(* This number doesn’t equal the sum of all those individual categories, I think because of conversion rates between the Laotian kip and US dollar.)

I’m pretty impressed by how well I managed to stay under my budget of $30 per day. Sticking to overland transportation kept the cost of that movement down, while accommodation in this part of Southeast Asia is really that ridiculously cheap. In some places I was even able to get my own bungalow with an attached private bathroom for $5. If I don’t partake in any organized activities when I’m staying put in one place, I easily keep under my daily budget.

Looking Forward

I’m moving through Laos at a steadier pace than I thought, so I doubt that I’ll spend a full month here. After Laos, I’ll be moving into northern Thailand, and I’m thinking of doing a little different at the end of January, before heading to southern Thailand in February. We shall see, I suppose!



2 Comments Add yours

  1. That is a pretty impressive budget to keep! I would like it in a spreadsheet pivot table, outlining the cost spending by day, with comps to last year, and a 13 week trailing average of your trends in a 8×11 sized paper by the end of the day. Welcome to my life 🙂

    Haha I actually enjoyed this post a lot. I always wonder how my friends traveling the world actually afford to travel around the world. Accommodation was the most surprising to me since I always find that to be the highest cost. Looking forward to your future posts!

    Be well. Be safe. Be happy.

    1. Stephanie says:

      Accommodation is soooo cheap in this part of the world. Makes me feel like I’m a fatass, even though I don’t even spend all that much on food, haha.

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