The standard cost of travel

ICELAND

My visit to Iceland in April 2015 cost me a total of £350, this included the cost of flights from Bristol, baggage charge and miraculously only £170 for the week I spent there. Having gone at non peak season, the cost of pretty much everything except for the car and fuel was extravigantly cheap. 6 people made the team and together we had two cars. For 3 of the 7 nights we slept in tents (2 in a designated zone), another 3 on ‘sleeping bag’ accommodation and the last night in the car (flight was at 7am!), that tallied up to £40 each, the car and fuel between the 6 of us tallied up to £100 each, and the remaining £30 went on food and car snacks. In theory, the more the merrier.

Other things to note to make the trip even cheaper is that wildcamping is permitted as long as it’s not in a natural area of interest, all natural sites are free apart from Blue Lagoon, and there’s no parking cost outside of Reykjavik!

Also travelling during non peak season means a lot of the accomodation are cheap in the likeliest event that there’s a snow storm, however, one must compensate with very short daylight time and typically miserably wet and windy weather!

SWEDEN

http://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-blogs/the-cost-of-traveling-sweden/

Financially suffering Norway for a week in late August 2014, this was where I first learnt that mainland Scandinavia is freakin’ expensive. And as NomadicMatt proves, it isn’t any different in Sweden. The only thing I can mention where the cost of my visit compared to NomadicMatt is that going out and drinking is not my speciality, instead, I would be focusing more outside of the cities than in, specifically the lakes around Gothemburg. Travel is by far the most expensive thing one can come across, and it doesn’t get any easier if one didn’t do advance bookings. Accommodations again aren’t any different, apart from couchsurfing and wild camping (the whole point of going out to Sweden!), travel will be pretty simplistic, a few journeys to get from the airport to a site that rents out canoes and kayaks (averaging around £150 a week)

and the only other thing to focus on is food and flights; restuarants are known to be extremely expensive, so perhaps one evening to celebrate or just buy food from supermarkets and cook our own food will slow down the pocket burning. And flights is all dependable, though I have seen flights as cheap as £40 return (Norway was £70), so cheap living and travelling to Sweden should counteract the cost of surviving and moving around Sweden.

CHINA

I’ve only ever done tours into China from Hong Kong that my mother finds in newspapers, but unlike flying straight into China, I would most probably fly to Hong Kong to visit relatives for a few nights, or maybe a few weeks, before making my way across the border (Chinese citizen, free visaaaa), this gives me time to climatise to the time difference but also the climate, China is humid and hot in the summer but extremely cold in the winter, knowing when to go is key (March to June or September to November is the safest time if one wishes to not rot through all their clothing). These tours cost a lot more than if one was to travel slowly by train or coach, I know from the past that China is not expensive as such, so travelling can be done on a budget if one is to exclude flight cost. depending on where I wish to go depends on how much I would be spending, something that isn’t worth discussing as it won’t happen for many years, and locations are undecided other than the South karst region and the upper Mongolia region.

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