The Times, They Are A-Changin’

Well, Indi and I did what needed to be done and did some number crunching. And plans are going to have to change.

Here is the rough breakdown of how our daily expenses have gone per country:

New Zealand: $100/day (we went a little nuts with an unexpected Fidelity deposit)
Indonesia: $66/day
Malaysia: $81/day
Thailand: $64/day
Cambodia: $46/day

Our original budget of $40 a day didn’t hold, even in the places where our dollar stretched the furthest. Could it have? Sure. But we made a decision awhile back that we’d rather not pinch pennies and stress out about money and sacrifice our experience. If we wanted to get a place with A/C, we looked for a good deal and took it. Plus we lost a good chunk of money when our former renters moved out unexpectedly and a decent amount of repair work had to be done. Self catering was a lot more difficult than we’d anticipated, too.

After seeing that we’re nearly halfway through our starting money, there’s not really any way we’re going to make it to Europe this time around and do it right. We don’t want to come home with fumes in the tank and will probably have to cut things short after finishing China, Thailand, and Myanmar once Japan is done with. Depending on how cheap we can get an Air Asia flight, we may be able to squeeze England into the mix on our way home.

This makes me a little sad, but not overly so. Yes, it’s not the two year extravaganza we’d hoped for but it’s not ‘THE END’ by a long shot. I’ve looked into getting teaching jobs abroad and they all require some type of bachelor’s degree; nothing I can do about that while I’m traveling. Plus we feel a bit selfish for taking so much time away from our family.

We aren’t sure when that brings us home. Probably close to the one-year mark in March/April. As things get more solid, we’ll let everyone know of course.

About rhysfunk

Rhys Martin was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1981. In 2009, he sold everything he owned and left the country, living out of a backpack for ten months. He discovered a passion for photography while traveling throughout Southeast Asia and Europe. After returning home, he looked at his home town and Oklahoma heritage with fresh eyes. When he began to explore his home state, Rhys turned his attention to historic Route 66. As he became familiar with the iconic highway, he began to truly appreciate Oklahoma’s place along the Mother Road. He has traveled all 2,400 miles of Route 66, from Chicago to Los Angeles. He has also driven many miles on rural Oklahoma highways to explore the fading Main Streets of our small towns. Rhys has a desire to find and share the unique qualities of the Sooner State with the rest of the world. Cloudless Lens Photography has been featured in several publications including This Land, Route 66 Magazine, Nimrod Journal, Inbound Asia Magazine, The Oklahoman, and the Tulsa World. In 2018 he published his first book, Lost Restaurants of Tulsa. Rhys loves to connect with people and share his experiences; ask him about enjoyable day trips from Tulsa, locations along Route 66, and good diners or burger joints along the way.
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1 Response to The Times, They Are A-Changin’

  1. Well the up shot is that Europe, despite all the culture we know about, is well… something we all know about. Asia, on the other hand, is far more mysterious! To be able to experience that, from where I sit, was the most amazing part of your plan. Sorry you are having to cut the trip short. Maybe you will be home by April 13 in time for Bon Jovi!

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