Have you ever read articles about amazing trips abroad made with a mindblowingly small budget, typically titled, “How I Spent 9 Days in ___ With Php18,000/US$375”?
Amazing, right? Makes you wanna pack your bags right now and just go, doesn’t it? It’s a very achievable amount after all. Just imagine, a week or more of taking in new sights, experiencing new culture, tasting new dishes, getting a souvenir or two, and taking months’ worth of selfies that will make all your FB, IG, and Twitter followers drool, all for an amount that won’t make your bank account weep.
Before you grab your passport and run to the airport to begin living your dream, I feel that I should let you know the REAL cost of going on such a trip. I don’t want your trip to be ruined because you ran out of money by Day 3 and had to rely on your credit card the rest of the trip, which gave birth to that giant bill now weighing on your table (and subconscious). I don’t want you to be discouraged from traveling because of such an experience, so let me give you an overview of real numbers, using Seoul, South Korea as example.