digital nomad budget

Another month of moving quite a bit which raised expenses to some extent.  I also started really focusing on my fitness goals so I had some expenses in that area, but they’re worth it.  All-in-all, I still came in under my $1000/month goal budget, so I’m happy. 🙂

This summary covers travel related expenses for 1-30 November 2015.

Location(s) Visited This Month

  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Apeldoorn, Netherlands
  • Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Kortenberg, Belgium
  • Alanya, Turkey

Transportation – $193.79

  • This includes all transportation between cities as well as public transport within cities.
  • This would have been lower, but I took a cab a few times in Turkey and trains in Europe are surprisingly expensive.

Lodging – $137.08

  • I was lucky to have house sits most of the month, and I also spent several days visiting a friend.  My housing expenses for the month included a night at a nice hostel in Rotterdam, and 5 nights of my apartment in Alanya, Turkey.  I paid for the entire cost of the apartment this month, but I pro-rated it across November/December.

Food & Entertainment – $359.16

  • Most of my Entertainment consisted of going out to dinner with friends so I’ve combined these activities this month rather than separate them out.

Miscellaneous – $195.52

  • This is high this month because I really focused on my fitness goals so this included buying some vitamins and access to gyms.  That part was $160.62.
  • This also includes expenses for a mobile phone plan which was $34.90.

Monthly Total:  $885.55

Average monthly spend: $1195.68 ($195.68)*

All-in-all, I’m happy with my expenses for the month even if I wasn’t too social.  I got my fitness goals back on track, and that was my first priority.

* My average monthly spending target is $1k/mo. This number is the average for the months I’ve been working remotely so far.  The amount in parentheses is the amount I’m over or under my goal.