Where'd all the money go?
The two guys who set out to travel the world under $10,000 USD are not looking like they are going to make it all around the world on their current funds... or are they?
You no doubt have noticed that our "In the Bank" amounts are getting lower than they ought to after only three months and some days after the start of our journey.
So they have.
Here's a few reasons why our shoestring budget just got more shoe stringy.
- We had to buy all the rest of our plane tickets for the next 9 months of our journey all at once just to enter New Zealand.
- We bought a car in New Zealand (so we'll get that money back when we sell it before leaving for Australia).
- We went skydiving. Something people on $15/a day budgets shouldn't do.
- Transportation in New Zealand is expensive. Between a ferry to the south island, a plane ticket back up to the north island and gas for our car, that's a crapload of money.
And we haven't even gotten to Europe yet.
Now, in defense of #3 - if you're going to travel to the biggest cookie in the world and it costs $2 to take a bite, but that's $2 out of your budget for that day so you don't eat you some, I think you've missed out big-time. William and I will occasionally splurge on adventures like these as long as it doesn't keep us from traveling for the whole year.
I think after three months it's safe to say, the original $10,000 plan is not going to work. BUT! There is still hope. We're still traveling the world more cheaply than most people ever imagined.
So what are we going to do to make it another 9 months? Simple. Work.
I've been doing some freelance web development work and William is applying for a work visa in Australia.
So we're still going to make it all around the world (heck, we've got all the plane tickets now anyways) and we're still going to do it on an impossible budget - just not as impossible as the original budget.