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A Breakdown of Spending in Australia, Hong Kong, and Papua New Guinea

By Livingthedreamrtw @livingdreamrtw

A Breakdown of Spending in Australia, Hong Kong, and Papua New Guinea

During my trip around the world, I split about two weeks of time between Australia, Hong Kong, and Papua New Guinea. Today I wanted to share my spending from these three very different destinations during that time.

My Total Spending in Hong Kong (5 Days)

A Breakdown of Spending in Australia, Hong Kong, and Papua New Guinea

First up, Hong Kong!

I didn't spend that much in Hong Kong thanks to Karen's aunts for hosting us. We just finished a brutal segment in Myanmar, and were grateful for some badly needed rest (and shower). We spent our 5 days in Hong Kong recovering from a nasty bout of food poisoning, and doing some sight-seeing at the Hong Kong Science Museum and the Tian Tan Buddha.

* Hong Kong Science Museum - $2.58 USD (20 HKD)
* Dragonair Flight from Yangon to Hong Kong - $58.06 USD ($450.75 HKD)

Total money spent with flight included: $60.64 USD ($470.75 HKD)

Average spending per day in Hong Kong with flight included: $11.97 USD ($94.31 HKD)

British Airways miles spent: 20,000 Avios miles to fly Karen and myself from Yangon to Hong Kong

My Total Spending in Australia (8 Days)

Next up, Australia!

This was the MOST EXPENSIVE country I have visited so far during my RTW trip. If you are traveling on a budget, you will need to cook your own food, otherwise expect to pay a bare minimum of $17 USD per meal when you eat out.

If you want to enjoy your time here, I highly suggest you to save your money and spend it on a more expensive hostel! I stayed at one of the cheapest hostels and turned out to be smelly and filthy experience. Not worth it.

A Breakdown of Spending in Australia, Hong Kong, and Papua New Guinea

* 6 nights in Summer House Backpackers hostel - $126.93 USD ($168.75 AUD)
* Australia Zoo - $59.42 USD ($79 AUD)
* Laundry - $10.53 USD ($14 AUD)
* Food and water - $102.65 USD ($136.47 AUD)
* Shuttle to the Airport - $11.28 USD ($15 AUD)
* Sydney Train - $26.33 USD ($35 AUD)
* 1 night in Sydney Backpackers Hostel - $15.04 USD ($20 AUD)
* Qantas Flight from Brisbane to Sydney: $14.52 USD ($19.30 AUD)
* Qantas Flight from Port Moresby to Brisbane: $75.78 USD ($100.74 AUD)
* Thai Airways and Singapore Airline Flight from Hong Kong to Brisbane: $59.50 USD ($79.10 AUD)

Total money spent with flight included: $501.99 USD ($667.36 AUD)

Total money spent without the flights: $322.12 USD ($428.24 AUD)

Average spending per day in Australia with flight included: $62.75 USD ($58.53 AUD)

Average spending per day without flights: $44.03 USD ($58.53 AUD)

British Airways and Aeroplan miles spent: 14,500 Avios miles and 35,000 Aeroplan miles

My Spending in Papua New Guinea (6 Days)

Next up, Papua New Guinea!

Thanks to my friend who I met at the World Domination Summit in Portland, he helped me offset a lot of the costs of traveling in this country. Most of my expenses still came from food and of course, the flight to get here.

A Breakdown of Spending in Australia, Hong Kong, and Papua New Guinea

* Food - $75.76 USD (251.8 Kina)
* Parking - $1.20 USD (4 Kina)
* Port Moresby Nature Park - $6.02 USD (20 Kina)
* Bowling - $6.02 USD (20 Kina)
* Qantas flight from Brisbane to Port Moresby: $75.78 (251.85 Kina)

Total money spent with flight included: $164.78 CAD (547.65 Kina)

Total money spent without the flight: $89.00 CAD (295.8 Kina)

Average per day spending in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea with flight included: $27.46 USD (68.47 Kina)

Average per day spending without flight: $14.83 USD (49.3 Kina)

British Airways miles spent: 10,000 Avios miles

One thing I am very glad is that I used British Airways Avios miles to fly to Hong Kong from Yangon, flying to Papua New Guinea from Australia and flying to Sydney from Brisbane. This is also the first few times I've used the Avios miles and they are definitely amazing for short haul flights. Americans, Canadians, British and Australians can use Avios miles and would greatly benefit from the frequent flyer program if used on short haul flights where applicable!

A Breakdown of Spending in Australia, Hong Kong, and Papua New Guinea

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