Traveling, packing and spending money – what did I learn

I already talked about my lessons in the spirit,mind and heart while traveling. What did I learn about logistics and financial? Not really yoga related but still might be interesting for other and future yoga nomads

Packing

Packing too much: I’ve seen someone with one backpack of 25 l. She had met someone without luggage, with litterly only his passport in his pocket. Wow. If you want to know how, the Google search is no bag travelI couldn’t do that, my backpack (65 + 10) was 18 kg when flying to Ubud.

No, you dont need to take three tubes of Sensodyne toothpaste with you. You only need one in three months and they sell it in the Seven Eleven for even a cheaper price. You don’t need to take two extra in-case-of phones (+chargers, +cables) with you. Extra wallet. Hipwallet. Didn’t use it. Ducktape, tierips and other McGyver stuff… didn’t need it and everything can be bought. (Happy though with a rope and clips to hang my clothes on)

In a lot of countries in Asia it is not done to wear sleeveless shirts/tank tops. So they are mostly unused. Instead take white shirts of technical sportsmaterial (nylon, with little holes, like running shirts) with you (if you have a Decathlon around: buy them there for a couple of euros.)

Spending money

First rule: If I lunch cheap on a day, I can dinner more expensive. And vice versa. A cheap lunch was 35 bath for a plate of rice and vegetables. My average price was 80-100 bath for diner without alcohol. A pizza costs 250 bath, and one time Ive eaten for 600 bath after walking for hours in Bangkok’s Chinatown and not finding a vega restaurant. Alcohol is expensive, 60 bath for a beer, 120 bath for a glass of wine. (Thats why the average is higher than 100. Not that I drank that much :-))

Second rule: keep track of your expenses. Set a day limit (for me 500 bth excl. hotel) and don’t spend more than that… on average. You can, but the next day you _have_ to spend less. And don’t forget, a lot of small amounts is a big amount.

See everything as a percentage of this limit helps also to keep the discipline. So a beer of 60 bat is 12% of the budget of the day. You see that I have spent two bath too much a day. Three euro for all the period, not bad for a big spender like me 🙂

Last rule: dont get obsessed with the rules. Enjoy!!

How much did you spend? Do you have other packing tips?

56 days Thailand .
in euro
29 days Bali.
in euro
tot avg tot avg
hotel € 353,16 € 6,31 € 234,07 € 8,07
breakfast € 36,58 € 0,65 € 12,00 € 0,41
lunch € 87,76 € 1,57 € 128,30 € 4,42
diner+alchol during diner € 169,05 € 3,02 € 98,44 € 3,39
snacks/drinks/smoothies € 54,74 € 0,98 € 25,56 € 0,88
espresso € 36,92 € 0,66 € 81,56 € 2,81
massage/yoga/meditation € 40,00 € 0,71 € 68,52 € 2,36
transport short distances € 21,05 € 0,38 € 24,44 € 0,84
transport intercity € 26,08 € 0,47 € 28,52 € 0,98
bike rental € 25,00 € 0,45 € 9,63 € 0,33
entrance/mats park € 48,68 € 0,87 € 0,00 € 0,00
alcohol/going out € 19,21 € 0,34 € 14,81 € 0,51
overig/visum(1900)/clothes(500) € 109,63 € 1,96 € 26,30 € 0,91
laundry € 18,74 € 0,33 € 13,33 € 0,46
unknow/shortage/misc. € 45,81 € 0,82 € 19,37 € 0,67
Total € 1.092,42 € 19,51 € 784,85 € 27,06

 

Observations

Normally you’ll spend more: I didn’t travel a lot and didn’t do tours or trackings (count on 1500 bht per tourday). Take also in account that Chiang Mai/Northern Thailand is much cheaper than the South/the Islands. About yoga: I only did two walk in classes, count for 200-250 baht in Chiang Mai and 300 bath in the south.

Food in Bali is much more expensive. In the evening I ate at a cheap warung near my hostel.
I had a 15 class yogapass for 825k in Ubud. And a single yogaclass in Canggu.

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