Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Sample backpacker budget - Ubud, Bali

I kept a record of my spending for one week in Ubud and thought it might be useful for other travellers who haven't yet been to Indonesia but are trying to work out a budget.

This is a detailed budget - so, sorry if it gets tedious...I really broken it town for the first few days, then lumped all my food costs in together...

My average per day for the week was AU$21 a day.

Day 1
internet 3,000
lunch 18,000 (I eat the cheaper foods at your average tourist restaurants...you could do cheaper by eating at food stalls...)
dinner 30,000
massage 70,000
room 60,000 (basic room at homestay - with hot water and breakfast),
water 3,000
soap 3,000
toilet paper 1,000
TOTAL: 187,000

Day 2
Birthday card 12
Postage 41
Breakfast 11
Lunch 13
DInner 25
Motorbike hire 35 (for one day)
scissors/batteries/porridge 90
internet 6
room 60
TOTAL: 293,000

Day 3
Internet 5
food 57
water 4
room 60
washing powder 3
TOTAL:129,000

Day 4
INternet 15
food 60
water 3
room 60
Total: 138,000

Day 5
Internet 10
food 39
motorbike hire 55
visit to local healer 25
credit for phone 100
room 60
Total: 290,000

Day 6
Internet 6
Food 37
toilet paper and toothbrush 7
room 60
Total: 110,000

Day 7
Room 60
food 55
Internet 12
Total: 127,000

I don't do trips or drink alcohol...so these would have to be added to your budget if you wanted them.

Hope this list is of use to someone!!

6 comments:

ibeng said...

i've read your blog and its very usefull because i'm planning to spend my holiday at ubud.
And for your information,an earthquake in october at padang generate landslide around maninjau since maninjau lake is surrounded around by hills. It was very sad since there are victims there. And the earthquake also broke down the beautifull landscape of maninjau.

ibeng said...

i've read your blog and its very usefull since i'm planning to spend my holiday at ubud.
And for your info, an earthquake in october generate landslide at maninjau since maninjau lake is surrounded by hills. It was very sad that there are victim there. And the earthquake also broke down the beautiful landslide of maninjau.

Emma C said...

Thanks for your comment ibeng, I'm hoping to go back to Maninjau next year - it's such a beautiful place. That earthquake looked terrible.

I hope you enjoy your holiday in Ubud - another gorgeous place - but a few more tourists than Maninjau :)

Emma C said...

Thanks for your comment ibeng, I'm hoping to go back to Maninjau next year - it's such a beautiful place. That earthquake looked terrible.

I hope you enjoy your holiday in Ubud - another gorgeous place - but a few more tourists than Maninjau :)

Chris said...

I'm from the UK and Last visited Bali and Kuta in the early 70's and now want to go back and spend 2 or 3 months hanging out and maybe do a little cooking. Found your blogs really informative and the Gilis sound amazing and more like Kuta was in the 70's. One question though how do you get a 3 month visa? Is it perhaps a social Visa?

Emma said...

Hi Chris,

thanks for your comments. I'd suggest going to the thorn tree indonesia forum for the latest in visa info. I think that you can just get a 2 month visa in advance, from your local indo embassy - then pay around 600,000 to extend it for a month while you are in Indo. That's what I did last year, but probably good to check on the forum for the latest info.

Em