The Cost of Travelling through Brazil

Budgeting for a Round the World Trip can be so difficult. I read around the subject so much and ended up completely bamboozled! Our STA agent gave us a figure of £1000 a month each and we based our travels on that. We know that along the way there will be more expensive places and then ridiculously cheap places but it all should average out in the end.

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So this blog covers what we spent during our time Brazil. There will be some maths along the way but only to divide by two if you are a solo traveller. We had aimed to do a whole month in Brazil but we fell a little short on this with 25 days.

Transport

It might help if you know the route we took through Brazil. It looked a little something like this:

Rio de Janeiro (Copacabana) > Rio de Janeiro (Santa Theresa) > Ilha Grande > Paraty > Sao Paulo > Curitibia > Foz du Iguacu > Porto Alegre > Uruguay.

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This involved 8 coach journeys ranging from 154 BR to 566 BR for us, totalling 2077 BR. We used Coste Verde coaches (115 BR for both) to go from Rio to Angres dos Reiss, in order to get across to Ilha Grande. For a detailed description on how to get there, click here. The following coaches costs are for 2 people:
⦁ Paraty 170 BR
⦁ Sao Paulo 154 BR
⦁ Curitiba 178 BR
⦁ Foz du Iguacu 126 BR
⦁ Porto Alegre 566 BR (20 hour overnight in Leito seats)
⦁ Punta del Este 510 BR (across to Uruguay)

We found the cheapest way to travel was the bus and metro, ranging from 8 to 15 BR for us. Throughout our travels through Brazil we took 10 buses totalling 87 BR and 4 metros totalling 33 BR. As long as you stay within the metro station you don’t have to purchase another ticket and so can ride as many metros as you need in one go to get to your destination. This was also the case for one bus station in Foz du Iguacu, you get on the bus further down rather than the front where you buy tickets. If the locals jump on half way down, just follow suit.

Taxi’s are more expensive but I suggest using them when needed most. If it is late and you are half asleep and don’t even know where your feet are nevermind your hostel, just get a taxi or Uber. Or in the Mister’s case if you injure your foot, take a taxi! I’m proud to say we only used 3 taxis and 2 Ubers through Brazil totalling 150 BR for us.
When getting to Ilha Grande you have no choice but to use water transport. We spent 34 BR on a ferry ride and 50 BR on a water taxi. For a full details on how to get to Ilha Grande and why you may need a water taxi, click here to read our ‘Weekend in Paradise: Ilha Grande’ blog.

Overall, we spent 2431 BR on transport in 25 days. This equates to £541.05 for a couple or £270.52 for a solo traveller (May 2018).

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View en route to Ilha Grande

Food and Water
The breakdown for basic food and water we spent 1342 BR (£298.68), alcohol 277 BR (£61.65) and we ate out three times totalling 292 BR (£65.91).

Overall, we spent a total of 1911 BR on food and drink (including alcohol!) in 25 days. This is approximately £425.32 (May, 2018) for a couple. This works out as 76.44 BR (£17) a day if you like a tipple and a weekly eat out.

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Our Healthy Breakfast!

Accommodation

Our accommodation ranged from 50-104 BR for the two of us, per night. Sometimes hotels are cheaper and we opted for this in Curitiba. However, we had to have microwave meals for two nights.

Overall, we spent 1650 BR (£367.23, May 2018) on our hostels and hotels in 22 nights (we took 3 overnight coaches). This was % of our budget with an average stay of 75 BR a night (£16.69) for us both.

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Sight-Seeing

Now you can’t travel through Brazil without paying to do some of the ‘Touristy things’. We have been up close to Christ the Redeemer (150 BR for 2), saw Sao Paulo’s skyline up high (40 BR for 2), enjoyed far too many Caiphrinas on a Boat Trip (140 BR for 2), seen the Iguacu Falls from both the Brazil and Argentinian side (126 BR and 179 BR) and thoroughly enjoyed taking in the culture on 5 free walking tours (tips totalling 180 BR).

Overall, our sight seeing adventures cost 815 BR (£183.96, May 2018) and I don’t feel like we missed anything out due to cost.

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Chris the Redeemer – 5 Things to do in Rio

Laundry

This deserves it’s own little section as it can be a pain in the bum if you ask me. One of those adult things that just needs to be done regularly. We have Travel Wash which has it’s cost saving advantages but be prepared for the clothes needing 2-3 days to dry depending on the weather. We have needed to select hostels with laundry services a few times. The first cost us 15 BR for a gigantic load at the hostel. The next place wanted to charge 2 BR per piece of clothing so we refused and the final hostel used an external company that cost 13 BR a kg but turned out to cost 42 BR but it smelled divine and was ironed, so we didn’t mind.

Overall, laundry cost us 57 BR (£12.69, May 2018).

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Summary
Our 25 days travelling through Brazil cost in total 6864 BR (£1527.68, May 2018).

For a solo traveller this would be approximately, 3432 BR (£763.84).

Based on the advice we were given to take £1000 a month each, we came £140 under budget.

Where your most money will be spent:
⦁ Transport 2431 BR 35%
⦁ Food and Water 1911 BR 28%
⦁ Accommodation 1650 BR 24%
⦁ Sight Seeing 815 BR 12%
⦁ Laundry 57 BR 1%

Go the Distance with your pennies!

Chloe

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RTW Packing Guide: Travel Accessories

Packing for a Round the World Trip is no easy task but in this guide I hope to make your life a little easier.

You could genuinely spend all your savings on the latest gadgets, lightweight this and that and end up packing the kitchen sink. But then you risk the chance of breaking your back!

This is a streamlined packing guide for the travel accessories I believe will be useful on your Round the World Trip.

I will review this in 3-4 months time and let you know what I would strike off the list.

So I will work through the below Pinterest image from Left to Right.

Travel Access

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Microfibre Towel

I chose the Mountain Warehouse Microfibre Travel Towel (Antibacterial) in Purple and my friend kindly bought me a Yellowstone Large Microfibre Towel in Green. I’m taking both one for my body and one for my hair. They are compact, lightweight and super absorbent!

Carabiners

My brother kindly bought me a handful of Carabiner that will be so useful in clipping anything and everything to our rucksack.


Money Belt

The mister kindly bought me this Money Belt to keep my valuables (money, phone, passport etc) safe and out of sight. You wear this underneath your clothes so no-one knows your wearing it, reducing the likelihood of theft.

Sleep Liner

We have been warned that some hostel beds aren’t the best so we have bought a Lifeventure Rectangular Cotton Sleeping Bag Liner. The Ex3 treated means that you’re protected against build up of bacteria, barrier against bed bugs as well as containing mosquito repellent.

Face Towel

My last towel is this little Mountain Warehouse Face Towel that folds up into a tiny bag with a carabiner attached. This can be used as a sweat towel, hand towel or face towel. Handy to have accessible, perhaps in your day bag.

Combination Locks

We have bought TSA approved combination locks for both our main luggage and rucksack. For those who have no idea what TSA, it means Transportation Security Administration. If security wants to check your bag they will just cut the lock unless it is a TSA lock. A combination lock is also useful for lockers on hostels too.

Collapsible Mug

I love collapsible Tupperware and I’m sure the Sea to Summit X-Mug, Lime my parents bought me will come in handy. I’m tempted to get more collapsible Tupperware, so will report back if I do.

Sink Plug

This was another fun little Christmas gift we received. The Universal Sink Plug will make it possible to clean our clothes, wash our face or have a bath. Apparently plugs are usually missing so this little cheap plug is worthwhile getting.

Packing Cubes

These are one of my favourite buys that have made life so much easier when packing. I have bought a 7 Piece Set of Packing Cubes. The large one I have packed with jeans, shorts, skirts, dresses. The medium one I have packed with t-shirts, vests and shirts. The smaller cube stores all underwear and bikinis. There are two zip lock bags that are keeping all tech, accessories and wires organised. There is a travel wash bag and a bag I have used as a medical kit. Your rucksack will be so organised and easy to find what you want with packing cubes!

The Rucksack

Properly the most important buy! We originally was going to purchase the Osprey Fairpoint Rucksack. However, we found a much cheaper option with the Vango Freedom 60+20 Rucksack. Your day rucksack can attach to the main luggage and it has endless features including really comfy hip supports. Were really happy with our purchase and our full review will come after we have had more use out of it.

Purse

I have this super cute Owl Card Purse to store all my cards and ID’s in a save place.

 

Notebook

You will want to make a note of things on your travels and putting good old pen to paper… you can’t beat it. We have been given 2 mini notebooks that we are going to log our expenditure and the Mister has a larger one as a travel journal.

Washing line

To make our lives a little easier we have a Solotrekk Washing Line that I hope we get some good use out off, even if this is for added privacy in the Dorm Rooms!

Water Filtration Bottle

Something that I have been really concerned about has been filtering water. There are so many filtration straws out there but they genuinely cost the earth! After a lot of researching I have chosen the Water-to-Go Bottle. It kills 99.9% of nasties and is BPA free. We also have a Summit Flat Water bottle that clips onto our rucksack as an extra!

Water Filtration Filter

Each Water To Go Filter lasts approximately 2 months so we are covered for first 4 months and will be able to order again on our travels if it we like it. You can buy these as a combo to save a few pennies.

 

 

Travel Pillow

The mister knows me very well and knows I need a goodnights sleep or I get cranky! He bought me and Inflatable Travel Pillow and I have already tried and tested it and it’s so comfy! I have always been jealous of people who have these on plane, coach and train journeys and now I have my own.

Cutlery

I was a tad concerned about the cleanliness or lack of cutlery where we may be staying so were covered with the Lifeventure Ellipse Knife, Fork & Spoon Set. Also makes it easier when eating pack up and left-overs on the road.

Head Torch

I have been tempted to buy so many different variations of torches for the last month but I feel one Head Torch each will be enough!

World Plug Adapter

As we are doing a worldwide trip we have bought this BESTEK Worldwide Travel Adaptor. I’m pretty impressed with how sturdy it is and this will be another thing I will review after we have used it in multiple locations.

 

 

We bought many of our items from Amazon. However, we kept a close eye on eBay and managed to pick up some absolute bargains. Both our rucksacks were bought second hand off eBay saving us lots of money!

Go the Distance

Chloe.

How to Plan a Round the World Trip

The very short answer is Google Maps and a Spreadsheet.

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Only kidding! For us we have chopped the trip in half. As we are going to working for 6 months in Australia, we know we have plenty of time to plan the second half of the trip. This has made it much more manageable for us to get our heads round.

We started with our Travel Journal, split the pages in half and wrote a list for Chloe and a list for Duncan, of what we want to do and see in those countries.

We plotted these on Google Maps. Once you have saved it you will find it through Your Places > Maps > Open in My Maps. The mister loves Google maps and he has created layers and a colour coded system that is truly spectacular to look at… as well as informative.

So for example, we have a Destinations layer that clearly outlines our Round the World route. Then we have layers for each country and within that layer the hostels, things to do and bus stations are colour coded. I particularly like that you can add notes to each of your ‘Pins’ for extra detail. I have found I will quite easily forget why I wanted to visit a certain place so this is a great reminder.

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The added bonus with maps is the journey time. This has been particularly useful for our North America road trip as we really don’t want to be driving for days. We also need to avoid Death Valley (as were not insured to drive there!) so maps has helped us figured out our route around that. For people who are quite visual this method works well for planning a round the world trip.

Now as visual as I am, I’m more of an Excel kinda girl then a Maps kinda girl. Geography has never been my strong point so this whole planning malarkey has been a learning curve from Day 1. The Mister can vouch for that one!



Our spreadsheet works in conjunction with the Google Maps. It features tabs such as:

  • Transport to (How an earth we get there)
  • Destination
  • Dates
  • Sights to see (in brief as we have Maps for that)
  • Accommodation (that we like the look of)
  • Transport details (websites for booking buses with costs)
  • Climate
  • Comments (I like to know when the walking tours are so we add this here)

If you would like a copy of our excel spreadsheet for your own travel plans, comment below or connect through Social Media – I will happily send it across.


As with anything, we started off very vague and have then worked towards the finer detail. Our main focus has been on South America, as we know the language barrier will be a struggle, so the more we know the better.

Read, read, read and read a bit more. It’s literally the only way to learn.


As wonderful as the sight-seeing element is, remember to take a look at the ‘boring bits’. There’s the VISAs, the transport, accommodation and vaccinations (< blog covers this). Make use of your travel provider, STA have been continuously helpful. Even if it’s unrelated to STA, the sales assistants have all been round the world and are more than happy to answer any questions.

We spend most evenings working on something towards travelling. We pick a topic to focus on and simply crack on. Not only are you getting to grips with the scariness of a Round the World Trip, you will continually be inspired by travellers who have gone before you. You’re not the first and you won’t be the last to endeavour on an epic year long trip. So learn everything you can from like-minded people.

Go the Distance

Chloe

A Guide to RTW Travel Vaccines

For a person who has a phobia of needles (well a phobia of passing out because of the needles), planning the travel vaccinations we needed for our Round the World trip gave me nightmares! As I knew there was no way of getting out of it, I threw myself into researching everything that we needed to know, what was free, what we needed to pay for and why we actually needed it.

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*All this information is based on information available in February 2018 for South America, Northern America, Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, India and Europe. Follow the links for the latest information*

We started off by going to our local GP surgery and speaking with a nurse practitioner. They need to know what countries your going to, how long your there for and what you will be doing while your there. So it’s a good idea to take all this information with you. Be sure to go well in advance of your flight day as some jabs are over three courses. My nurse took the time to have a good look through my medical records for all my childhood vaccinations, that could be ticked off the list (MMR for example).

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On my second visit to the nurse (because I wasn’t prepared to jump in on the first visit), I got the Diptheria, Polio and Tetanus (Combined Booster) then Typhoid and Hepatitis A in a combined injection. They didn’t particularly hurt but my arm was dead for about 3 days. However, the Mister’s was fine the next day! Hepatitis A and Typhoid are usually spread through contaminated food water and water and would cost approx £90 at a travel clinic. The NHS Travel Vaccinations website explains more about the free vaccines.

Then it was time to part with our cash! We headed to Nomad Travel in Manchester which was recommended by both of our GP’s. Rabies was discussed first as this is a course of 3 injections that have to be one-two weeks apart. The mister was brave and got his first one that day. I on the other hand put it off for another week, with some random excuse that I didn’t have the money (slight lie!). Rabies is spread by bites, licks on open wounds and scratches. The intradermal rabies jab is cheaper than the intramuscular vaccine but this is best to discuss with them whats best for you. Our ID Rabies cost £45 per jab compared to £55 for IM from the NHS or travel clinics. Even with the jab, if you are bite you still need to clean the wound thoroughly and access medical care for 2 post-exposure jabs.

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Onto Yellow Fever… this one is a must for South America and you are required to show certification proving you have had it to enter the country. You need to have this 10 days before travelling but once you have had it you are covered for life. This disease is spread by infected mosquitoes in parts of South America. Currently, there is a break out in Rio and Sao Paulo that are on our travel plans. I was told that this one was really painful and makes you bruise like a peach! That’s not true, but I did have a dull headache for 4 days and had a very mild fever (going hot then cold). This costs £60 from Nomad Travel and included the cost of the yellow fever booklet. Some places charge extra for this so double check your not being ripped off.

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One perk of working for the NHS is that we get Hepatitis B for free! However, we didn’t realise that there is actually a global shortage of Hep B, so the places that still have it in stock are tending to put their prices. Hep B is generally spread through unprotected sex and blood. Now if you are admitted to hospital this could be from a blood transfusion, dirty needles or piercings/tattoos. This is why sterile needle kits are suggested! Nomads Travel didn’t have it in stock so we luckily found that STA travel have it in stock and haven’t increased there prices.

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Definitely don’t be afraid to have some of your jabs ‘on the road’ in well developed countries. They have Travel Clinics too. With Japanese Encephalitis, we are getting this jab in Australia before we head to South East Asia. Again, it’s spread through those pesky mosquitoes, but it is common in the farming areas. The two jabs have to be given a month apart, so as we are in Aus for 6 months so this is possible. This jab comes in at £95 from Nomad and I must admit I have seen prices much higher than this.

There the jabs we have had or are planning on getting but it genuinely doesn’t stop there. Malaria in low risk areas can be avoided by using repellents (we have been advised 50%+ DEET), sleeping under mosquito nets and covering up. However, in high risk places, malaria tablets are needed. Depending on which brand you get you either take 2-7 days prior to entering a malarial zone, all the time your there and 7-28 days afterwards. Were yet to buy these but will report back on our findings! As a person who doesn’t put any chemicals on my skin, I’m struggling with the idea of DEET but malaria is much worse I guess!

In summary, vaccinations are expensive but you can shop around. Make the most of the free jabs you get with the NHS, don’t be afraid to get jabs on the road to spread the cost too. Be prepared, stay healthy and enjoy every moment of your travels.

Go the distance on your travels

Chloe

Planning: Peru on a Shoestring

Something we have talked about for over a year now, is soon to become a reality. Up until Christmas the focus had been on saving, saving and guess what more saving! But then we stepped in STA travel last month to make some decisions. With the help of Jack at STA Travel Manchester and his two hours worth of patience, our flights were booked!

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Our Round the World trip covers; South America, North America, New Zealand, Australia, South East Asia, India and Europe… in just over a year! There will be plenty more blogs breaking all of our plans down into bitesize chunks. It will be interesting to see how much of what is planned… actually happens!

While at STA Travel our talks centred around our South America plans and Jack kindly informed us about the VISA’s needed for Machu Picchu. This is something we were blissfully unaware of. Only 500 VISA’s are granted a day and these are booked well in advance. Our hearts sank, thinking we were too late to book the Inca Trail. But as luck would have it there were about 7 available for 3 months into our travels (if we had left it much longer we would have had to take the Lares Trek instead).

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One of these dates meant we will be hiking the Inca Trail on my Birthday… so that was it! Big decision made and we now know we are definitely seeing one of the seven wonders of the world!

Through G-Adventures we have booked the 14 day ‘Peru on a Shoestring‘ experience. We will meet and stay with local families, visit Colca Canyon, surrounding villages and conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu on a 3 day trek. Our meals, accommodation and transport are arranged. This will be a big change to our self-sufficient 3 months prior to this. It will be all hostel living and navigating the buses, up until this point.

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The Checklist that we have been sent literally looks endless. However, at a second glance there wasn’t much on there that we hadn’t thought off. Although were going in ‘dry season’, we have read not to presume it will be dry. Apparently it can feel very damp so cotton clothing and jeans are big no no’s. All of our trekking gear and waterproofs will go with us and the rest will stay behind, hopefully safe and sound!

Having the date booked for this has actually really helped us in planning everything up until Peru. We have been able to allocate time to each country on the journey up to Peru much easier, as we have no choice but to get to Lima in time.

I genuinely cannot wait for these stock photos to become our own pictures with the most incredible memories attached.

Go the Distance to see the world.

Chloe.