Hard to believe that in two short weeks Shannon and I will be departing on my RTW trip. To help out the old budget, I’m working up until Friday the 17th which gives me just two short days off before our plane to Moscow on Monday August 20th. Needless to say, its been a stressful last couple of days and it promises to be an action packed two weeks.
I’m slowly but surely checking things of my To-Do list: Last Friday I was able to get my pre-trip vaccianations taken care of and I was able to spent the weekend prepping for my move. In addition to my ever growing to do list there is the always present worry over my budget. In my previous posts I talked about setting the budget and the steps I took to reach my savings goal…but I’m still not there yet.
As of August 1, this is where I was with my savings goals:
That represents a total of $18,203, which means I am still about $2k short of my overall goal of $20k. And, unfortunately it looks like this might be the highest that account ever gets because it’s become time to start the trip spending. Oh man has this hurt.
First we had to buy visas:
- Russia: $170
- China: $140
- Parking at the Chinese Embassy:$5 (laugh now, but that would have bough two meals in South East Asia)
Next Tickets into, out of and around Russia:
- Flight from DC to Moscow: $42.97 (hellloooooo frequent flyer miles)
- Flight from Moscow to St. Petersburg: $113.50
- Train ticket from St. Petersburg to Moscow: $52
- Trains-Mongolian Tickets from Moscow to Beijing: $785.16
Then there are the miscellaneous insurance and medical costs:
- Medical Vaccinations: $175
- Six Months Travel Insurance: $386.24
Bringing me to a grand total of $1,741.53 spent on the trip so far.
Since we are now at the point where more money will be leaving my account than coming in, I will begin tracking spending going in the opposite direction. Using the amount from Aug 1 as my baseline, you can see where I stand today. The blue represents money left over from the previous month and the red represents money in for this month (on the off chance I’m able to continue making money during my trip).
As you can see, as of yesterday I have $16,585 in my account and I was able to add in $125. (You might notice a slight difference in the amount I spent and the difference in my account in between Aug 1 and Aug 6 – this has to do with the fact that my trip expenses are obviously intermingled with my real life expenses and were partially paid off using my “regular” money.)
So my total as of today is $16,710.
So there you have it – stay tuned for more updates on the Budget each month as my trip continues.