This was my budget for a 2-month holiday. I would say it was a mid-range holiday as I spent some time in hostels where I spent next to nothing and the rest of my time in 4-5star hotels spending whatever I felt like.
I went over my budget, however, not by too much. When I found something extra I hadn’t planned for I used my backup money to do it, no regrets. It is my recommendation to always take more money than you budgeted, as a backup if needed (like I did! 🙂 ). I also highly advise you to always carry enough cash, then if in the event you have trouble with your ATM card, travel card or credit card, you won’t be stuck in a foreign country with no money.
My budget by country including the current exchange rates while I was travelling in December 2012/ January-February 2013 is below.
Argentina – 5 days: $70 per day = $350AUD
Exchange rate: 1AUD= 4.89244ARS
Brazil – 15 days: $70 per day = $1050AUD
Exchange rate: 1AUD = 2.09507BRL
Peru – 9 days: $45 per day = $405AUD
Exchange rate: 1AUD = 2.66682PEN
Germany – 4 days: $85 per day = $340AUD
Exchange rate: 1AUD = 0.793484EUR
Poland – 8 days: $40 per day = $320AUD
Exchange rate: 1AUD = 3.25799PLN
Cuba – 4 days: $100 per day = $400AUD
Exchange rate: 1AUD = 1.0332CUC
Mexico – 8 days: $50 per day = $400AUD
Exchange rate: 1AUD = 13.334MXN
New York – 5 days: $100 per day = $500AUD
Exchange rate 1AUD = 1.03USD
Total = $3765AUD
I took an extra $900AUD cash with me in my wallet (my backup money). For each currency I used, I carried 2 days worth in cash. All money I converted a few weeks before leaving Australia, as some currencies had to be ordered from the capital (I come from a small town).
There were a couple of currencies I could not get in Australia including Cuban Pesos (CUC) and Polish Zloty (PLN). In these cases I took my 2 days worth of cash in AUD so I could exchange the money in those countries upon arrival. The remaining money for my trip I loaded onto a multi-currency travel card. I chose the ANZ travel card, with up to 10 currencies available to load it was perfect for my trip.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me or leave a comment and I’ll get back to you!
Happy travelling, #no regrets