"How much money did you spend to go backpacking in Southeast Asia?"
Thus goes a question I often get asked. The truth is, I never have a definitive answer. When I first went backpacking in Southeast Asia, I had an initial budget for three months of travel. But that soon extended to six months, which then became a digital nomad life wherein I earned while I traveled. It was, and still is, difficult to identify an exact figure.
Then again, even if I knew my exact figure, telling it to people might not be useful anyway precisely because it is *my* budget. It wouldn't necessarily mean that you would incur the same costs as I did. Maybe you will visit more destinations than I did. Maybe you would prefer staying in private rooms. Maybe you will fly less and travel overland more. Maybe you will want to spend more on food or drinks. At the end of the day, we will differ in how we spend money as we all differ on how we travel.
Planning a budget for backpacking in Southeast Asia? Easy!
So instead of telling you how much money I spent to go backpacking in Southeast Asia (whichever of my trips you were referring to), let me tell you how I plan my budget for backpacking in Southeast Asia. It will provide more value, I think, for those planning their own short or extended trip in this region. Plus, it'll be simpler for me. Here are my five easy steps: