I decided to research the costs to travel around the world and create a chart showing how many days a traveler can travel in a particular country with $1,000.
How, you may ask, does one come up with these numbers? Easy, I simply researched the purchasing power of the U.S dollar as a base by referring to the oft-quoted Big Mac Index, cross-referenced that with boots-on-the-ground estimates from guidebooks, then converted those numbers using the most up-to-date currency exchange rates. I then put a team of monkeys to work crunching the numbers all night to come up with the following chart.
As you can see, and not surprising to most travelers, Asia is the cheapest place to travel, with a $1,000 budget lasting you over 40 days in many countries. On the other end of the spectrum is of course Scandinavia, where you can expect to blow your trip savings in a svelte two weeks. (Did that beer really just cost me $18?)
Keep in mind, these numbers are based upon a backpacker’s budget (i.e, staying in hostels, street food, minimal transport), and these numbers will vary widely depending on the extent you travel in more expensive, urban areas. However, I tried to integrate both urban and cheaper rural travel to better reflect the composition of a typical trip. Now if only your job gave you that many vacation days . . .
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