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Indonesia: the wrap-up

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Days in country: 45 Average cost per day: $67 Indonesia is cheap. Two tickets to the Ubud monkey forest cost us $0.41. Dinner at a restaurant with communal tables and a nice mix of locals and tourists cost us $3.17, for two meals. We spent an average of $25/night on lodging, which was a nice break coming from our super expensive New Zealand experience. What we did: We flew into Bali two days before the Balinese New Year and spent five days in Kuta before heading to the cultural center…

New Zealand: The Wrap-up

Days in country: 40 Cost per day: $261 Or, $220/day if you don’t count some of our big splurges, like artwork we bought in Wellington, our glacier hike, or the whale-watching tour. But the only reason not to count those is to make us feel better about all the money we spent in New Zealand.   New Zealand was terribly expensive – even worse than Australia, where we spent twice our budget. In part, this was because we traveled at the peak of summer and paid premium rates for our…

Australia: The Wrap-up

The platypus: much smaller, and weirder, in person.

Days in country: 92Cost per day: $203.  Not including big splurges on things like diving the Great Barrier Reef and tickets to the Melbourne Cup and the Australian Open, we spent $173/day (No, there is really no reason to not include this spending in our total, except to make us feel better).  Lodging was by far our greatest expense, an average of $71/night.  That’s one of the reasons we would think seriously about renting a campervan if we were going to do the east coast drive over again.  The next…

Fiji: The Wrap-up

View from our flight to Taveuni Island

Days in country: 14Cost per day: $167 What we did: We flew into Nadi and spent the night, then flew to Taveuni Island for 6 nights, spent two nights at Maqai Beach, returned to Taveuni Island for 3 nights, and then returned to Nadi for our last two nights. What we’d do differently: We went to Taveuni Island so I could take scuba lessons and we could visit a nearby eco lodge on an isolated island. But we quickly realized that the scuba class would take much less time than…

Hawaii: The Wrap Up

Hello, I am a green sea turtle

Days in Hawaii: 6 Cities visited: Honolulu, Kailua Average expenses per day: $130 Best new food discovery: Acai bowls. These things are freaking amazing. I think we should open an Acai bowl food truck when we get back to DC. I’m only half joking. Worst new food discovery: The crap they serve at Aunty Pat’s Paniolo Cafe on Kualoa Ranch. The Kualoa Ranch is a big tourist attraction on Oahu, where they are happy to separate you from your money in exchange for horseback rides, ATV tours, and sight-seeing trips…