03 Jan Our Complete Pre-trip Cost Breakdown
We knew that our travel adventure wasn’t going to come cheap – that’s why we’ve been saving for this trip for three years. It’s also the reason why I’m securing freelance work before I even leave the country to ensure we continue to make a tiny bit of cash while we’re on the road.
Nevertheless, we still weren’t quite prepared for the amount of money we’d spend pre-trip, before we’d even stepped on a plane. After finally buying the last items on our packing list this week I’ve totalled up the final cost of our pre-trip expenses – here they are.
Pre-trip Travel Costs – Packing
Since we’re going to be on the road for an indefinite period of time we thought it was important to buy quality backpacks. The backpacks we chose are quite small so we also invested in a lot of packing aids which work well to separate and condense our stuff – we’ve already road tested these on our summer holiday to Italy and are happy with the results.
|Osprey Aura 35L backpack
|Osprey Atmos 38L backpack
|2 Eurohike compression sacks for dirty clothes
|2 Vango small compression sacks
|2 Vango large compression packs
|Eagle Creek packing cube
|Dry sack 25L
|Regatta pack away day bag 20L
Pre-trip Travel Costs – Electronics
We are lucky enough to have had a camera case, external hard-drive and a kindle each given to us as presents. Despite this, we’ve still ended up spending quite a bit on travel gadgets, even though we tried to keep the amount of electronics we carry to a minimum.
|Panasonic Lumix GF3 camera
|16gb Sandisk camera card
|Acer Aspire 11.1 inch laptop
|Blog domain and hosting for three years
Pre-trip Travel Costs – Flights, Documents and Vaccinations
This is by far the most expensive category. Although we opted not to buy round-the-world plane tickets to give us flexibility, to be granted travel visas for New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia we have to have proof of onward travel, which means booking flights in advance. However, we were lucky when it came to travel vaccinations as we got most of these for free on the NHS; we’ve also opted to buy our malaria pills and get our Japanese Encephalitis shots in Asia to save money.
|Travel documents & flights for two people
|London to New Zealand flights
|New Zealand to Melbourne flights
|Gold Coast to Indonesia flights
|Indonesia to the Philippines flights
|Rock-boat tour New Zealand
|New passports (42 pages)
|Indonesia 60-day visas
|International driving license x2
|1 UK driving license renewal
|New Zealand 1 month car rental deposit
|New Zealand accommodation deposits
Pre-trip Travel Costs – Clothing
I didn’t realise how much we’d spent on clothing for our trip until I totalled it up. It’s worth pointing out though that we hardly ever shop for clothes (or anything else really), so the prices below probably comprise 90% of our total clothing costs for this year.
|2 pairs of Havaiana flip flops
|2 pairs of trainers
|Montane featherlight marathon jacket
|Montane singletrack jacket
|2 Regatta micro fleeces
Pre-trip Travel Costs – Miscellaneous
|Toiletries and medicines
|Six month supply of contact lenses
|2 micro towels
|Skross World Travel Adapter 2
|2 cotton sleep sacks from TrekMates
|4 combination locks
|Notebook and pens
Pre-trip cost total = £4,527
How much do you spend on pre-travel expenses; do you think we’ve gone overboard?