Southeast Asia Travel Budget and 6 Month Budget Review JetSetting Fools

Southeast Asia travel budget (and six month budget review)

Sticking to our budget is key for traveling long term, so we’ve limited ourselves to an average of $100 per day for accommodation, food, drinks, public transportation and any miscellaneous costs that pop up (and they always do). The only thing that takes precedence over the budget is whether or not we’re enjoying the journey. After compiling  our Southeast Asia travel budget report, we can report that we are excelling in both categories.

After our lengthy stay in New Zealand and Australia, we pushed our daily average above our target, but two months in Southeast Asia put it right back on track. In 62 days, we visited Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand and came out on the budget just slightly higher than we anticipated (clearly a trend), but not even close to our $100 per day allowance. read more

Kuala Lumpur in 36 hours

Kuala Lumpur in 36 hours

Our time in Kuala Lumpur was more of a long layover than an actual stop on our journey and we only had one full day to explore the city. As much as I would have liked to create an ambitious one-day itinerary, we actually had a few things we also needed to get done. With our tightened schedule, we got the highlighted tour of Kuala Lumpur in 36 hours: a shopping extravaganza, a temple in a cave and one of the world’s tallest buildings.

Kuala Lumpur in 36 hours: Low Yat Plaza

We didn’t need to seek out shopping centers to understand that Kuala Lumpur is a shopping mecca. The airport and several train stations are connected to malls, making it nearly impossible to avoid them. But serious shoppers looking for bargains head to Bukit Bingtang to one of the many multi-storied complexes that are packed to the gills with shops, deals and – often times – not so authentic merchandise. read more