Philippine Budget-How to Keep Track of a Budget on Trips

There are so many different types of travelers and traveling styles. There are people who go all out on vacation and do not spare any expense. There are the budget travelers that try to get the most bang for their buck. And there are the backpackers who try to stretch their dollar as far as it will possibly go. There’s absolutely no wrong way to travel, it’s all simply based on preference and budget.
Without a doubt, Jeremy and I fall into the budget traveler category. We like to enjoy ourselves, will splurge from time to time, and try to overall travel comfortably. But for the most part we try to just get the best deal we can and save as much as we can. We figure that the cheaper we can go, the more we can see, longer we can go for and the more often we can go. Win win right?
I have talked before how Jeremy and I have somewhat specific roles while traveling. He books everything from hotels to airline tickets, and I plan what we are going to do and keep track of the budget. I can be quite particular about this and actually have a notebook that I always carry with me while traveling. It’s to write and document but also to keep track of our spending on a day to day basis. I fill in the sheets of paper like this:
Then, each time we spend something, I put it in the correct spot. It doesn’t take long and it’s a great way to keep track of your spending. If we see that we’re under our budget for that day, then we know that we have extra money to use towards something else, or do something extra on the trip.
It’s also a great reference for future trips. A lot of our trips recently have been around South East Asia. So if we save our detailed budget from Thailand (which we did) then we can pretty accurately plan our trip to any of the surrounding countries as well.
So in hopes of helping some people out in their planning and budgeting process, I’ve decided to post our spending for each trip. Obviously from what we spend, you could easily spend a lot more or a lot less depending on your personal preference. Also, it’s safe to say that depending on your starting point, plane tickets are going to fluctuate a lot. However, once you make it to South East Asia, you can stay pretty cheaply.
Here was our Philippine Budget which entails our total spending for our three day/three night trip to Moalboal, Philippines. The numbers include the price for both my husband and I.
budget for a trip to the philippines

*I just had to share the $1 bike repair in the budget because I’m still in shock at just how inexpensive things are there!

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  • Clothes and Creativity

    Love this post! My Husband and I came back from our KL+Bali trip and have still not jotted down ‘all’ the expenses (KL done, but Bali mostly remaining)! I don’t know why, but I just don’t like the act of putting my expenses on paper (silly me). Not that it’s going to change how much we already spent, but I’m just always finding excuses to procrastinate. But after reading your post, I feel like jotting down everything right away. More importantly, we are planning to visit Thailinad this summer, so we need to figure out how much we spent on our last trip in order to ascertain how much we are willing to spend on the next one!

    Oh and just wanted to mention that even I carry a notebook on our travels- mostly it has details of the places we’d like to see, but I also write our expenses (just that it’s not complete as of now).



    • Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      i love writing it down because if we find that we’re way under budget for the day it gives us an excuse to sludge on something else on the trip since we saved money elsewhere!

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  • Abbi N

    Wow this post is super helpful, I am planning my trip to the Philippines at this moment to that very Island (Cebu) as well as Manila. I’m curious about your starting point as the $450 airfare for both of you is pretty damn cheap.

    • Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      we are based in south korea so the tickets are quite cheap. my husband found a deal on them for $225 six months in advance! the flight prices will be quite different but you can use the rest of the guide quite easily to form a budget for the same area. let me know if you have any questions!

  • Mommy Jen

    Hi Chelsea,

    Its good to know that you enjoyed staying/ exploring our country! :)

    Im also enjoying reading your post. More Power and Godbless! :)

  • Kat Frazier

    Super great tips!
    Every time my husband and I travel, the budget is the part that stresses us and very rarely do we come out under the budget like winners!

  • sir kodak

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  • Sarah Shumate

    I’d love to see more of these! Both my husband and I are big into budgets for EVERYTHING! And I love being nosy and seeing how other people plan theirs, too. Our last trip was kind of a “test budget” because we weren’t sure what to expect from traveling in Europe since we’d mostly only done Asia before, but I think we are getting our bearings now!

  • Andi of My Beautiful Adventures

    What an awesome giveaway!

  • Susannah

    Wow, girl! How did you find 2 tickets to the Philipines for under $500?!?! That’s amazing!

  • Leah

    I am a huge list maker/ budgeter, and always feel like these trips are too expensive for us. Thanks for putting it in perspective and breaking it down. Definitely would love to see more of your budget breakdowns!

  • Just Dont Tell Anyone

    wow! this is so so so good! I must save it, and keep it! :) I think that’s a good way to plan your traveling budget in general!!!
    thanks for sharing it!

  • Britta Marie

    this is a great idea! and i just cannot get over how little the taxi ride cost you .. three hours?? one time my friends and i had to take a taxi from seville to cordoba that was about an hour and a half and cost us almost $300 :(

  • Stephanie @ Shades of Color Art

    Yes! You should do more of this. I envy people that can stretch their money and get the best for their buck! Also, it is fun to know how much people need to travel outside of the US :)

  • Chantal

    We are definitely budget travelers too. We did Australia on $5000, and that included two $1100 plane tickets there! That was for nearly 2.5 weeks. It’s possible!

    I love seeing how much you spend! Haha

  • Stephanie Kirby

    I’m in love with this bag Chelsea!!! You always have the most awesome pictures! I can’t wait to one day travel the world!

  • Sam M

    What a great idea to share your budget with everyone! I’m pretty sure I NEED that bag in my life :)

  • Helene in Between

    I think this is great! I love seeing what people spend, it really gives you a good idea for planning a trip!

  • Must for Wanderlust

    Aw, lovely giveaway! & thank you the idea, I’d love to start keeping track of my expenses… & can’t believe how cheap everything was for you! x

  • themovetoamerica

    Very good tips and deals in this post! Very useful!

    Molly xo

  • Rachel

    Yay, I absolutely love the little chart you made! We do something similar. Budgeting = more vacations! :)

  • Caroline

    Would definitely love to see more travel budget breakdowns – they look very useful! I also like your practice of writing down prices in a notebook – I think it can be really easy to overspend when abroad just because converting prices back to US dollars in your mind is such a hassle. I think writing it down makes it easier at the end of the day! :) Thanks for sharing!

  • Rachel

    You guys do get some good deals while traveling! That sounds like it was an awesome adventure!

  • Helena Oops

    Thank you for this awesone giveaway!
    The bag is so beautiful!
    I entered with pleasure!
    Have a nice week!

  • Sarah Burton

    Love that bag! And the budget idea is so great. I wish I had done a better job of that when I traveled a few months ago. Next time, I’ll have to try this!

  • Kate Hall

    I think Dan and I will start doing this. We budget before the trip but I always go over budget somehow or if I go under, I immediately spend it and can’t keep track of it. This is perfect!

    Kate –

  • Jenna

    This is really really useful! I need to start being better about this myself. When we went to Namibia I tried to keep a budget, but I would always forget to write expenses down and then we’d get completely off track. I think this is a role Jurgen would be better at 😉


  • Rachel Murphree

    That IS helpful. I spend waayyy too much when I travel and usually have buyers’ remorse when I get home. This is a good strategy to keep track of spending! Also, the purse is beautiful!

  • Laura Cristina

    Thanks for sharing all this traveling insight! I’ll be bookmarking this page for future reference!! ^_^

  • Laura Cristina

    Thanks for sharing all this traveling insight! I’ll be bookmarking this page for future reference!! ^_^

  • Dee

    Wow that is very helpful indeed! I’ve never been to Moalboal even though I’m from the Philippines myself, and now you make me wanna go.

    I should also adopt your travel budgeting method.

  • Alex Fahey

    This was so helpful. I would love to see more of these. And I love that you included how long you stayed. That’s my biggest concern- how long to make a trip.

  • Elizabeth Than

    I have never thought of keeping track on expenses while travelling. Now that you mentioned it, it’s a good guide for further reference. Totally gonna do it for my upcoming trip. Thanks!

  • M and L

    This is so great to know! Can’t believe how cheap everything is! My mind is blown! I should make one of these reflecting our NYC trip. Haha food alone was more than half of what you spent on your trip total (could be because we’re food nuts lol).
    Yes please make more! Especially for your Tokyo trip!!

  • thecrackedlensblog

    I really want to travel to countries in Southern Asia. They’re beautiful but they don’t always break your bank!

  • Jill C.

    Such a fun bag! I can’t wait until this giveaway opens up :) Nice post!