One Month Of Traveling

Exciting News – As of September 20th, I have been traveling for one full month.

And what a month its been. Shannon and I flew into Moscow on Aug 21 and took an overnight train to St. Petersburg. After three days, we took another overnight train back to Moscow where we met up with Tejal for three more days of sightseeing.

Then, on Aug 27 we started our Trans-Mongolian experience. For the next four nights and five days we traveled through Siberia by train. We stopped in Irkutsk to spend a few days a Lake Baikal before continuing our journey by train to Mongolia.

In Mongolia we spent 6 days staying with local families out in Western Mongolia. Then we spent a few days in Ulan Bator before we once again boarded the train to head to Beijing. We spent 6 full days in Beijing with a two day excursion to explore the unrestored sections of the Great Wall.

Beijing was so much fun especially because we were still with many of the friends we met on the train so we were able to meet up with them to explore the city and go out at night.  Also, for the first time on our trip we had truly warm weather.

 

Then, last night we took a high speed train (191 mph) to Shanghai where we celebrated our one month travel anniversary with drinks overlooking the famous Bund.

Statistics:

Countries Visited: 3 (Russia, Mongolia, China)

Cities Visited: 6 (St. Petersburg, Moscow, Irkutsk, Ulan Bator, Beijing and Shanghai)

Nights Spent on Overnight Trains: 9

Nights Spent in Gers: 5

Weight Lost: 5 lbs

Things Lost: 1 (My iPhone…so a very important “1″)

Times Eaten at McDonalds: 2

Diet Cokes: 1

Money Spent: $3485  ($112/day)

Remaining Budget: $16,204.50

I’m doing okay on my budget. Obviously $112 a day is a bit high ($12 a day over our original budget of $100 a day) , but the majority of that was spent on the cost of transportation – international flights from the states, tickets for the trans – mongolian, trains (and one unused flight) to and from St. Petersburg. Also, Russia is one of the most expensive countries on our trip so I assume the costs can only go down. Hopefully the daily average will go down in the next month.

What do I have planned for the next month?

We will be in China until October 11 and then we will fly the Katmandu, Nepal to explore the city for a few days before we start our trek to Everest Base Camp.

 

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6 Responses to One Month Of Traveling

  1. memographer says:

    This is so great! I am happy for you! Moscow, Baikal, Mongolia, Great Wall… one can only dream about all of these! And it seems like it is not as expensive as I thought it will be, $3485 in a month! I wish you could share more photos…
    Have fun! Looking forward to your updates!

    • ElizabethJ_Bird says:

      I will soon. My computer actually had a total melt down on the train to Shanghai and I for a very scary 24 hours lost all my photos. Luckily, if your apple product must break down, Shanghai is a great city to be in . Their apple store fixed me right up and everything is back to normal again.

  2. jan says:

    I love that you are detailing how much spent. Look forward to following you.

  3. Kieron says:

    Well done at only eating at McDonald’s twice in your first month haha… we had to stop counting all the junk food we’d had after the first few weeks on our RTW trip.

  4. Congrats on making it through your first month! It’s an important milestone, because as the end of month 2 looms in on me, I realize I learned a lot in that first month to help me deal with the challenges in month 2… that’s the thing about travel, it’s never boring, is it?

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