If you remember my post on how I create an initial trip budget, you’ll recall I break it down into five categories:
For this report, I’ll start by presenting a total for each category, then add it all up at the end to get a grand total. I’ll also divide by the number of days we spent in Taiwan to get a daily average.
All totals are per person. For the sake of simplicity, monetary exchange valuations are calculated using today’s (May 18, 2014) rates, as provided by Google.
- US$473.83 for plane tickets and Taiwan High Speed Rail reservations.
- ¥11,260(US$110.90) for night buses and train tickets in Tokyo.
- NT$1136.5(US$37.73) for various local transportation costs in Taiwan. (Jeff actually spent NT$3[US$0.10] more than I did.)
Total: US$622.46 for me and US$622.56 for Jeff
- US$5.11 for online downpayment for hostel reservation
- NT$2655(US$88.15) for hostel in Kaohsiung
Total: US$93.26 each
- Jeff spent NT$4758.5 (US$157.99)
- I spent NT$3581.5 (US$122.23)
Adventure and Sightseeing
We only spent money on three “attractions”: seeing Captain America 2, going up to the Taipei 101 observatory, and buying a floating lantern in Shihfen. Together, these cost us NT$835(US$27.72).
Laundry, an umbrella when we got stuck in the rain, souvenirs, etc.
- Jeff spent NT$624(US$20.74)
- I spent NT$1050(US$34.86)
- Jeff spent a total of US$922.27.
- I spent a total of US$900.53
This trip took us ten days, which means Jeff spent an average of US$92 a day, and I spent an average of US$90 a day. Most of that went toward transportation and food. (top)
All in all not too bad for a week-and-a-half-long trip. We could have made it a bit cheaper by finding a Couchsurfing host in Kaohsiung instead of staying in a hostel; the daily average would have decreased as well if we had stayed for longer than ten days.Are you surprised by how much we spent? Let us know in the comments!