Japan Budget

Another trip, another budget…my favorite. And surprisingly, that last sentence doesn’t have a hint of sarcasm in it. This time I will be going trough our Japan budget. Unfortunately, with Japan we about had a heart attack when we went over the final numbers. This isn’t because it’s astronomically expensive there, it just feels that way compared to what we spent for longer stays in SE Asia. I would say that Japan is by far the most expensive country we have visited and the most difficult to budget for. But don’t let that stop you from going! It is one of our favorite countries to visit for both it’s beauty and rich history.
This budget is for 4 days and 4 nights, 3 cities and reflects the cost of both my husband and myself.
Japan Budget
Tips to keep it cheap in Japan
Take the slower train or even over night bus.
There are several different options in Japan for traveling such a planes, trains (fast and slow speed) and buses. Slower trains and buses will take much longer but if scheduled at night it will be essentially where you stay that night and save you in the cost of a hotel room.
Find alternative meal options.
Eating at shopping centers, grocery stores and train stations are a great way to find food for cheap. Trust me when I say that you can get great food in these places for a fraction of the cost. We did this on our first trip to Japan and were able to save money so we could eat somewhere nicer later on. Also, this time we tried a sushi train restaurant and were shocked at how cheap it was! We fed four people for just $17 and we were all stuffed at the end. Other places to try are street vendors and small restaurants on the street which offer a wide selection such as ramen, dumplings Japanese curry and udon noodles. Japanese food can be expensive but there are definitely ways to still enjoy it on a budget.
Take advantage of the free attractions.
Sure, everything else is more expensive in Japan but its the least amount of money we’ve spent on entertainment since majority of historical sites such as shrines and tempes are either free or just a few dollars to get in.

Be flexible with travel times.

Just like anywhere else you can save a lot of money depending on the time of year that you go and your flight options. Multi city airlines tickets and during peak season are going to be the most expensive and unfortunately what we did this time around. Just going a few days earlier or later, or choosing to arrive and depart from the same city, tickets were half the price.

 

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:
DAY OF THE WEEK
Breakfast:
Lunch:
Dinner:
Snacks:
Entertainment:
Transportation:
Extra:
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!