This is a post about the affordability of travel for 2 Black old lesbians. Before I begin showing you some numbers, before I talk about how we live on less in Southeast Asia than in Los Angeles I want to acknowledge something. Travel is an incredible privilege, one that we don’t take for granted. The life that we are living is the result of some things for which we can take no credit: American passports, hard working, home owning parents who made sure we got educations, and of course gifts and blessings from the Universe too numerous to mention. It is also the result of some intentions we set and took dedicated action towards: working hard on jobs we didn’t love, getting free of debt, saving money and letting go of tons of stuff. We believe world travel is more affordable and doable than most people think. A lot of it is about deciding and then choosing what’s important to you. We chose seeing the world.
Now for some numbers. When we were living in Los Angeles, as frugally as comfortable, we were spending around $1800 a month. We were in one room with a shared bathroom, each drove used cars, we ate well (mostly food we cooked) and enjoyed life. Again, privilege.
Since arriving in Southeast Asia our monthly budget is around $1200. In the past 5 months we have visited 4 incredible countries, we live in clean, comfortable hotel rooms with maid service, we eat freshly cooked, tasty meals and we see amazing sights, usually walking or traveling by public transportation.
Here is an average BOLT day (this is for 2 people):
Breakfast of coffee and fruit: $2
Delicious Buffet Lunch of Malaysian Food: $5
Light Dinner: $3
Hotel Room: $20
Bus ride to Penang Hill: $2 round trip
An amazing time at Penang Hill, including funicular train ride: $15
Total spent yesterday : $ 47
Some days we spend less, some days more. We really try and watch it and stay within the $1200 a month. Months with a lot of air travel may be more but even air fares are amazingly low here. We are traveling to Bali, Indonesia on the first of March for $210, round trip, two people! Our hotel room there will be $15 a day. So far, everything has been working out beautifully and we are enjoying an adventure that is truly priceless and a great privilege.