My time in Indonesia in 2019 is done. Finished. Kaput. Over. Now I'm in Australia, having begun my Working Holiday Visa. I've started a new job, and am excited about what Australia will bring. I already did a retrospective article on my time in Indonesia, but let's put the icing on the cake. Here is a breakdown of what I spent over those crazy, amazing eight weeks.
Food - $347.32
To anyone who has been following my travels, this should be of zero surprise to you. I love to try new cuisines, and Indonesian is quite a developed one. During my trip, I ate every single meal out, spending between $1-3 per meal. My daily average cost for food (about $6 per day) is far cheaper than it has been in most other countries. This is a testament to how inexpensive and filling food is in Indonesia.
Accommodation - $302.02
I'm pretty sure I never spent more than $9 for a night of accommodation during my whole stay in Indonesia. Hostels are plentiful in the more touristy areas and can be had for as cheap as $2-3 per night (often including free breakfast). Private hotel rooms can easily be had under $10 in most cities.
Transport - $219.83
Although Indonesia has possibly the WORST public transit of any place I've been to, it's not too expensive. Because good public options aren't always available, however, it isn't as cheap as in a country like India. Bemos, taxis, buses, and boats are just a few ways of getting around.
Activities - $210.52
The main chunk of this spending comes from the 4-day 3 night Komodo National Park boat trip I took (costing around $165), and man, was it worth it! It is quite easy to spend a lot on activities in Indonesia, so watch out for your budget!
Miscellaneous - $135.47
This includes everything else: toiletries, laundry, clothes, currency conversion, etc.
Average daily cost of $21.32. Pretty good, considering that Komodo trip, huh? Indonesia is the kind of country you can easily travel on for $15-20 per day. Many tourists spend a fair bit more (especially in touristy places like Bali), which you'll want if there is anything specifically fancy you plan on doing. But if you want, you can bum it here and have an incredible time!
My name is Yonah Paley. I quit my job in the United States to travel. I also write movies and do photography. As I backpack across the world, I share stories, philosophy, and travel tips.