After a crazy summer filled with transitions, I am ending it with my first international trip since South Korea. Of course, I am nervous as I stumble on currency conversions and public transportation. But I feel like it is another step to better myself in budgeting and traveling.
Below, is my projected budget:
- Travel (excluding public transportation): $354.
- Housing: $260. I should note that I am sharing the cost with a friend.
- Public Transportation: $50. Montreal has a more reliable public transportation compared to Atlanta, so I expect to use more of it on my travels. So hopefully, no Uber!
- Food: $250. Like every trip, food seems to drain my $$$. I try to look for deals or cheap restaurants, yet it continues to be the most difficult to budget. I’ve thought about purchasing some breakfast foods to just lessen some expenses and hopefully, it helps.
- Tourist Things: $100. I am not going to buy maple syrup as I decided to collect Metrocards (and their international equivalents). Most don’t have an expiration dates, so I can always use it again if I travel to those countries. Otherwise, I do expect to use $$ on museums, or other tourist locations.
Projected Budget: $1,014 (or $1,020)
Once I calculated the costs, I realized that travel is expensive. According to Lonely Planet, the cheapest daily budget is $100 and the most expensive is $250 for Canada. So for a week, my budget should fall between $700 to $1,750. Hopefully, my budget will stay closer to the cheap side as I do want to travel, despite my status as an unemployed graduate student.
Another travel, another experience. Bye Bye.