Budget Update After 72 Days On The Road!

So.  It’s time for another budget update.  We are still toddling along documenting what we spend in the iphone notes and transferring it to our spreadsheet every couple of days.

This is absolutely the most scintillating part of travelling long term, let me tell you!!  NOT!!!

Boring as it may be, it makes us stay on track.  It’s so easy to tell yourself that you won’t go over your budget but keeping track is the only way for us to be sure (I’ll let you in on a secret – I think we lie to ourselves when we don’t!!)

At the end of March we hit day 72 away from home.  Well, away from our home country as we are officially homeless these days!!

And I’m pleased to report that as always we are still within our budget.  In fact we were so far under our budget when we totted it up into the first week of April that we were able to purchase a new zoom lense for our camera, plus a spare battery, case and HD SD Card - That’s a topic for another day but it was pretty exciting – we have been wanting that baby for ages!  And Gert is certainly excited to carry it from now on!!  lol

As always all costs have been converted to Australian Dollars and the stuff category includes anything that’s not food, drink or accommodation – transport, crap we’ve bought, clothing, tours etc.

So read on to find out how we are doing……. Continue reading

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Weight Watchers Update – How are we travelling after 41 days on the road?

Our friends at home and our long-term readers will know that Gert and I have been going to Weight Watchers since late in 2010 and had lost over 50 kg between us prior to leaving on our life changing year adventure.

Gert reached his goal weight just a few months before we left and I had about 10kg left to reach mine.

We weren’t too worried about how we would manage on the road – we’ve been doing this for so long now that we felt more than capable of staying on the straight and narrow.  Our recent trip to Continue reading

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25 Things I’ve Learned While Travelling in Asia

I’ve learnt a lot while travelling through Asia. Some things about the countries themselves and some things about my family. There’s so many (and I’m typing this at midnight and do tend to ramble at that time) that I’ve decided to make a list instead of boring you with big long sentences. Be amazed by my list people…….

  1. Bangkok doesn’t have enough rubbish bins – They could increase the number by 400% and there still wouldn’t be enough!
  2. Even with dozens of cats lurking on every corner there are still big, fat, hairy rats ready to dart in front of you!
  3. Kate is terrified of butterflies! Who knew she would Continue reading
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Why we need help choosing our path through Asia.

So we’ve loosely chosen where we will spend our life changing year in 2012.

We’ll leave Australia on or about 18 January.  We’ll spend 3 months in Asia, 3 months in the USA, 3 months in Europe and then back to the USA for the last 3 months (and stocking up on $12 jeans!!).

I’m not too worried about the 2nd phases of the trip but it’s time to get into the nitty gritty of the Asia part.  First thoughts – WOW – aren’t there a lot of choices????

How will we decide Continue reading

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