I don’t have a budget allocated for travel since I don’t really know where I’m going. My plans extend to about 2 months from now and that’s it. During this time, I monitor the prices of flights out of the closest airports and often I’ll impulsively purchase a flight when they’re cheap. The other week, I was chatting in a digital nomad chatroom, when one of the members mentioned a flash sales on hotel rooms. Out goes the credit card and I nab myself a week in Malaysia, not even knowing if I can get a flight there.
Looking back over the last 12 months, I’ve spent AU$717.55 on transportation costs – this covers flights, busses and taxis. Just on air travel alone this has allowed me to travel a total of 29,929kms. All of this has allowed me to travel throughout Asia and Australia – I’d like to break away from the region and head towards America or Europe in 2015 but those plans may change tomorrow.
I suppose I could lower my costs by being less impulsive – but travel in Asia is incredibly cheap. Right now its getting a wee bit chilly in Northern Thailand – if I wanted to warm things up, I could jump on a plane and fly to Singapore for less than $100. This is almost 3 times the cost of a ‘cheap’ flight, but it is the Christmas/New Year’s period and still incredibly cheap compared to international travel in other regions. I believe, being strict on travel plans can be more expensive in the end.
For example next month I wanted to visit Australia to catch up with some friends and deal with the tax man back home. If I had a strict schedule, I would have flown direct but for the same money I am able to fly to Australia indirect, stay a week in Kuala Lumpur as well as Bali and still have money left over.