This is a very difficult question to answer, and will depend on many factors. (We discussed the factors that can affect a travel budget previously in this guide.) There is no "correct" or final answer for how much it costs to do a long-term trip. However, many people have affirmatively declared that $15,000 (US) is the amount you'll need for a year-long trip. Others have said much less, while some say it's much more. We generally disagree with all of those answers, because there are too many variables.
Ultimately, you'll need to estimate your approximate daily spending, and then do some math (more on that later, though).
As stated earlier, there are too many factors that affect a travel budget. Some of those factors are...
Many travelers often get caught up in the "game" of saving money while traveling. Don't fall into this trap. If you plan ahead and know your budget, then you can take advantage of many of the opportunities that will come your way. Don't try to justify every cent you spend. Just focus on enjoying yourself.
So, how do we figure this out? We've covered this topic already in this guide, so you should review those steps we laid out in the Itinerary Planning section, the Planning a Route article, and the Estimating Travel Costs article.
But, for a recap, here's the summary of how it's done:
Remember that you're going to want to keep things flexible. This is actually the best way to save money, as you'll learn more about your needs and what prices are like along the way in different parts of the world.
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