How much does it Cost to Travel Round the World for a Year?

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366 days of traveling around the world in 23 countries. Throughout the journey, “How much is that going to cost you?” is one of the first questions I hear when the topic of my adventure comes up.

Well, I finally have an answer for you:

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Which Breaks Down To:

$ 0 Per Day

To give you a general idea of what’s possible with this budget I’ve listed a few details from the trip and one highlight from each of the countries I visited:

24 Flights
31 Long Distance Train Rides
37 Long Distance Bus Trips
207 Nights In A Hostel
  • 11 dive, 3 day scuba trip on the Great Barrier Reef
  • 2 week camper van trip around New Zealand
  • Eating a century egg in Singapore
  • Fresh mango juice on Gili Trawangan Island, Indonesia
  • Petting a giant tiger in Chang Mai, Thailand
  • Day trip out to Cheung Chau Island in Hong Kong
  • Hike up to Tugela Falls in South Africa
  • Tasting the homemade corn beer in Lesotho
  • Spending a Sunday on Brick Lane Market in London, England
  • Sleeping in a 2000+ year old cave with a Bedouin family in Petra, Jordan
  • Private Tango show in Madrid, Spain
  • Rope swinging into Lake Eibsee, Germany
  • Pedal boating through the canals in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Getting hammered on Belgian beer in Belgium 
  • Buck-naked photo in front of Mt. Eiger in Switzerland
  • Learning what a legit weinerschnitzel is in Austria
  • Ruin bar crawl in Budapest, Hungary
  • Splitting a bottle of real Absinthe in Prague, Czech Repulic
  • Train ride over the Oresund Bridge in Denmark
  • Experiencing the midnight sun in Lofoton, Norway
  • The power of Iguazu Falls in Argentina
  • Week-long trip to Easter Island, Chile
  • Floating island tour in Lake Titicaca, Peru

$60.78 dollars per day includes EVERYTHING I spent for the year except for my gear. Below you will find tables and graphs to demonstrate where I went, how long I was there, spending by continent and spending by category. The 5 categories are:


  • Food and beverage (excluding alcohol)


  • Hostels, hotels, home-stays, etc.
  • Non-food products (toothpaste, soap, deodorant, medicine, etc.)
  • Non-entertainment services (travel insurance, doctor’s visits, laundry, money exchanges, haircuts, etc.)


  • Planes, trains, automobiles, ferries, etc. (excluding transportation for tours)
  • Gas


  • Tours, shows and adventure sports
  • Entrance fees
  • Equipment fees


  • The cause and solution to all of life’s problems

Oceania - 79 Days

  • Australia
  • New Zealand

Asia - 56 Days

  • Singapore
  • Indonesia
  • Thailand
  • Hong Kong

Africa - 29 Days

  • South Africa
  • Lesotho

Europe - 118 Days

  • England
  • Jordan*
  • Spain
  • Germany
  • Netherland
  • Belgium
  • Switzerland
  • Austria
  • Hugary
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Norway

*Jordan isn't technically part of Europe, but that's how American Airlines viewed it when booking my RTW ticket, so since it makes it easier for me, I'll categorize it similarly.

South America - 84 Days

  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Peru
How Much Does It Cost To Travel Around The World For A Year


What a year. I’m back in the USA and currently stopped in New Mexico for about a week and a half before hitting the road for two weddings. Everyone keeps asking how much I spent so I figured I’d get this general budget post out before writing more specific posts. I have 10 months of the trip to catch everyone up on so expect to see at least a post every two weeks filled with adventures, pictures and logistics.


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