Yesterday marked 1 month since we left Australia on our full time roving retiree lifestyle. The months preceding our departure were very hectic as we packed up and sold off our existing life but now one month later we have relaxed somewhat and started to enjoy our new life.
The past month has seen us
- spend a few nights in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as ‘tourists’,
- house sit over the Easter break near London
- fly to Spain for a repeat house sit on the Costa Del Sol for 2 weeks, and
- we are now one week into a 3 week sit in Spain but further inland between Cordoba and Granada.
So it’s been a pretty busy time but with some great relaxing down time as well.
One of the advantages of our new lifestyle was that we believed it would be much more cost effective than our ‘normal’ life back in Australia. Our year off from November 2015 to October 2016 ‘test driving’ this new lifestyle showed us that it was possible to travel and live full time overseas without it costing a fortune.
I was interested to see what our expenditure had been over the first month and here’s what I found.
- General expenditure – $946 (food/tourist attractions/public transport, etc)
- Transport (car hire/fuel) – $329
- Accommodation – $183
- Airfares (London-Spain) – $220
Our total costs for the month add up to $1678 (or $55.93 per day)
Of course this does not include the cost of our airfares to get from Melbourne to London. These will be included in our costs for the whole year and averaged out over that period.
We’re pretty happy with the first month and it will be interesting to see how that figure increases (or decreases) over the coming year. We’ll post the figures over the coming months and see what the reality is.
What do you think? Is this an affordable way to travel? Let us know and leave a comment.