Last Updated on June 6, 2023 by Ellen
So what does it cost for a slow traveler on a budget to live for a month in Kotor or Lisbon, Bangkok or Penang? Rishikesh or Tulum? You will find the Earth Vagabonds slow travel budget examples from around the world listed below on this page.
Our budget from 2015 to mid-2023 was $2,000 a month for two people. That amount still works in less expensive countries in Asia, but as we head back to Europe in 2023, we will increase our budget substantially — by 50 percent!
During the pandemic, when we were ‘stuck’ in the Philippines, we gave away our unused travel money to Filipino and indigenous friends trying to survive without tourists. So, the ‘charity’ categories in those months are way higher than normal.
Budgets are relative — yours may be higher or lower. But these expenditure examples give you a clear idea of what you can spend as a budget slow traveler in various cities around the world.
The most recent budget breakdowns are at the top of this ever-growing list.
Last note: we don’t play around with fudging dates. Every post is clearly marked when it was posted. We don’t pretend everything was written this year, like some other travel bloggers.
Slow travel budget examples
What it cost us to travel in Asia for 1 year
Exactly what it cost in the new normal with COVID, war, and inflation.
Slow travel cost to live in Rishikesh 1 month
Did we come in under budget?
What it cost to live in Chennai as budget slow travelers
Budget BUSTED by charitable giving, and a dental emergency.
What budget slow travel cost in 2022
Did we stay on budget in the COVID era?
India trip: Under budget, low cost of living
Our India trip came in under budget last month.
A different type of slow travel expense report
Slow travel, but a little faster, means a bigger housing cost.
Our living costs in Penang as slow travelers
Did we come in under $2,000 this month?
Budget breakdown: Penang, Malaysia
What it cost to live there for one month in 2022.
Cost of living in Thailand for expats on a budget
When you see how affordable this is, you’ll pack your bags!
Bangkok slow travel budget breakdown 2022
Exactly what we spent for a month-long stay.
Budget slow travel cost in Bangkok 2022
On budget in the ‘new normal’ for budget slow travelers.
Budget breakdowns & travel options 18 months into pandemic
What happened to our budget breakdowns? When will we travel again?
Budget breakdown: October 2020 in the Philippines
Did we spend less than our 2k budget?
Back on budget for September 2020, finally
Our biggest expense again: gifts to needy Filipinos.
Unpaid rent overshadows budget breakdown
New travel trouble.
What we spent in July 2020 in Malay, Philippines
The budget breakdown is ready!
Earth Vagabonds expense report for June 2020
We’ve never ‘given away’ so much money.
May 2020 expenses during COVID-19 travel pause
What it cost to wait out the pandemic this month before we travel again.
Expense breakdown: April coronavirus quarantine and cost sharing
Lower expenses reflect a roommate, and no actual “travel.”
Budget breakdown for March 2020
Our monthly expense report for a retired budget travel lifestyle (half on lockdown).
Philippine Quarantine Day 7: Paid up
As always, Earth Vagabonds share expenses with readers – even during a quarantine.
Cost of living in the Philippines for 1 month
See how much we spent on food, housing, and more.
Retired and traveling — and over budget
Watch out for these unexpected expenses.
Travel expenses in retirement for 1 year
Seven expense categories broken down in one year of early retired budget travel.
What it cost to live in the Philippines 1 month as early retirees
Our total expenditures are likely far less than what you spent in the USA.
How to travel cheap 1 month in Southeast Asia
A detailed breakdown of expenses from our early retired budget travel lifestyle.
Cheap Bali vacation: 1 month, 2 people, $1,500
Our vacation lifestyle budget breakdown for Bali.
Incredible Bali vacation: 1 month rent under $600
Slow travel deal that feels like a vacation.
Slow travel in Penang, 1 month budget
This is exactly what it cost us to live for one month in George Town, Malaysia.
What it’s like to live in Penang for $600 a month or less
See a video tour of our Penang apartment.
What it cost to retire in Chiang Mai
Living on the cheap in Chiang Mai.
How much does it cost to travel the world?
The experiences have been priceless.
What it cost to live in Nha Trang for 1 month
How does under 2k for two people sound?
Price check: 3 days in Singapore vs. 7 days in Malacca City
A breakdown of five spending categories.
Budget breakdown: what we spent to live in Lisbon, Portugal, for a month
See our budget and our Airbnb rental in this European hot spot.
The real cost to live somewhere exotic: our Montenegro budget breakdown
Tracking our monthly spending.
What it cost to travel 3 months in Western Europe
How’d we do on our budget? We share the tally.
Early retirement, budget slow travel totals for 2017
Livin’ the dream, mostly on financial target.
Travel budget breakdown: Another half year of early retirement
Improvement in Year Two.
Retired budget travel breakdown: Spending in 2016
Our first year breakdown.
Thanks for reading, “Earth Vagabonds slow travel budget examples.”
If you want to know more about the budget slow travel lifestyle, we recommend you head over to the About Us page, and also the Q+A with readers page.
And if you are serious about this lifestyle, read about how we plan a slow travel itinerary.