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Backpacking Budget (Part 3 of 3): Australia in a campervan

Australia has a pretty good reputation of being one of the most expensive countries in the world. If you are a backpacker then you are very likely to have a working holiday visa hoping to find a job in the hospitality industry or work your butt of picking fruits. It would be extremely hard to travel and live in Australia without a job unless you had a pretty good amount of savings.

The cheapest and most popular way to travel in the country is to purchase a campervan, which is what Vanessa and I did. We bought the van in mid may of 2013 for $3,650 AUD and moved in on the 1st of June. We decided to record everything from petrol, food, vehicle maintenance, entertainment, etc on separate spreadsheets in order to make sure she and I can keep our monthly budget as low as possible. Below are the different purchases we have kept track of our 3 month campervan life traveling through the east coast from Nowra up to Port Douglas.

* Sorry if the photos are too small. Click to enlarge.

The spreads…

My new 50,000 Sq ft castle.

It has been a little over two weeks since I decided to make the move to Hong Kong. I knew finding a place to live wouldn't be too hard, but finding a place within my price range that is clean and with sufficient living space might be difficult in this city. 
Craigslist is not always the best option. I did find a room to stay for a month last year, which you can read and watch the video HERE. Places on Airbnb are really nice, but a lot of times that also means prices per night would be too high for me.  I have also played with the idea of staying in a hostel dorm style if I couldn't find a place by the time I arrive. 
In the end, I came across this website,, and the $3000HKD ($380usd) per month is what got my attention. The pictures of the room they advertised on the website looks pretty modern, comfortable, and clean. So I talked to my friend, Vanessa, who was in Hong Kong at the time to make an appointment to check out the place for me in person. She got bac…

Backpacking Budget (Part 2 of 3)

I received many positive feedbacks from readers regarding the original Backpacking Budget post that was published two weeks ago and some of you have shown interest in seeing my budget for the rest of the trip so I decided to expand on this topic into three parts.

Part 1 of 3, I wrote about my budget in Southeast Asia for the month of December and January. In this post, I will include Feburary thru June mostly in more expensive countries.

Again, I wanted to keep the categories as general as possible to make it easier to keep track for myself so alcohol, bottled water, any types of drinks, snacks, meals will all be under the food category. The rest is pretty self explanatory.