Before this trip, I had never travelled longer than a month at a time. I worried that being away from home for longer would be challenging. At times I felt bouts of homesickness but overall, leaving for 2.5 months really feels no different than leaving for 3 weeks. The time flies by and it’s over before you know it.
Now that our time in Asia is wrapped up, I thought I would share some fun and interesting numbers from our trip.
78 Days travelling
5 Countries visited – Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos
41,308 km travelled via planes, trains and automobiles
40 Buses (2 overnight)
22 Trains (2 overnight)
The truth is, sometimes travel isn’t fun. We spent a lot of hours in transit between places and long bus rides, overnight sleeping on a bus/train and ferry rides. It’s those moments that test your will as a traveller and definitely test your relationship with your travel partner.
Sitting waiting for a bus one day I heard this traveller complaining saying that’s it, I hate travelling, it’s just not worth it. You might as well just always stay in one place. For some people, that’s the way to go. When you travel slower, you can limit the number of transfers and time spent in transit. During this trip, we moved cities every 2-4 days. We talked about our style of travel a few times. If we slowed down our travel we would save money for sure as transit costs eats up your budget and we would spend less time in transit. But we would also be missing out on seeing some things we hoped to see. Ultimately, we learned that we can put up with the travel part of travelling and that a faster travel style suits us.
We Tom will be doing a full budget breakdown of our time in Asia coming soon. But here are just a few fun numbers.
$154 average daily per person cost in Japan
$49 average daily per person cost in Southeast Asia
We knew Japan would be expensive and budgeted accordingly. I’m certainly glad that we went from Japan to Southeast Asia and not vice versa or else would have had some severe sticker shock.
$308 spent on alcohol
When I consider how easy it is to rack up a $100 bill in one night at home, I actually think $300 for two people in 2.5 months is a really good alcohol average. We kept our alcohol cost low by almost always drinking beer. In Asia, beer is literally cheaper than water in most cases. Also, while we enjoyed a few nights out, this wasn’t a trip full of partying. I’m certain Tom’s alcohol budget for a 10-day mystery trip is higher than what we spent in a full 2.5 months.
$212 spent on coffee
This number excludes coffee that we had with breakfast because we didn’t separate that out. Almost daily we would stop for an afternoon coffee break. One of the best parts of the day and worth every penny!
3 – Number of times I got sick
Twice I had a cold and once I had a stomach sickness. In 2.5 months, I feel like that’s a lot of sicknesses. I might need to work on finding some ways to boost my immunity while travelling.
1 – Number of travel catastrophes
The only real travel problem we ran into was going to the wrong airport in Japan. That was a stressful situation but still, it ended up only being a near miss since the great staff of All Nippon Airways got us onto our flight in time.
3 – Pairs of sunglasses lost
Tom had his first pair of sunglasses stolen on our first day in Vietnam.
Then we both lost our sunglasses from some rough waves on a beach in Thailand. A big wave crashed onto us and Tom came out of the water saying I lost my sunglasses. Suddenly I touched my face and realized mine were gone too. We did some searching but the waves there were huge so they were buried in sand immediately and were a lost cause.
But considering that’s the worst of any loss or theft in Asia, I’d say we are pretty lucky.