Quite honestly, all three countries were expensive. One of the big reasons I saved so much money in Hong Kong was because Karen’s aunts gave me an Octopus card that was already pre-loaded. This card saved me tons of money as I was able to use it to buy myself food to eat. Not to mention using it to take the train.
6 days in Hong Kong spending breakdown
- Hong Kong Science Museum – $3.50 CAD (20 HKD)
- Dragonair Flight from Yangon to Hong Kong – $76.04 CAD (450.75 HKD)
- Dragonair Flight from Hanoi to Hong Kong – $46.93 CAD (267.19 HKD)
- Taxi – $10 CAD (59 HKD)
- Train – $17 CAD (100 HKD)
- Homy Inn Hostel – $25 CAD ($17.78 USD or 142 HKD)
Total money spent with flight included: $178.47 CAD (1,038.94 HKD)
Total money spent without flight: $55.50 CAD (321 HKD)
Average spending per day in Hong Kong with flight included: $29.75 CAD (173.16 HKD)
Average spending per day in Hong Kong not including flights: $9.25 CAD (53.5 HKD)
Points and miles spent: 20,000 Avios miles to fly Karen and myself from Yangon to Hong Kong and 4,500 Avios miles to fly from Hanoi to Hong Kong for a grand total of 24,500 Avios miles spent.
Thanks to Karen’s super nice aunts, we saved money on accommodation, transportation, food and sight seeing the Giant Buddha statue.
6 days in Papua New Guinea spending breakdown
- Food – $100.72 CAD (251.8 Kina)
- Parking – $1.60 CAD (4 Kina)
- Port Moresby Nature Park – $8 CAD (20 Kina)
- Bowling – $8 CAD (20 Kina)
- Qantas flight from Brisbane to Port Moresby: $100.74 (251.85 Kina)
Total money spent with flight included: $219.06 CAD (547.65 Kina)
Total money spent without the flight: $118.32 CAD (295.8 Kina)
Average per day spending in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea with flight included: $36.51 CAD (68.47 Kina)
Average per day spending without flight: $19.72 CAD (49.3 Kina)
Points and miles spent: 10,000 Avios miles
Because I stayed at my friends place, I saved quite a bit of money on accommodation. As you well know, there are no hostels in Port Moresby and hotels are very expensive ($130+ per night for the cheapest one!). However, if you book an Air bnb, prices start as low as $40 per day which is quite affordable.
I definitely enjoyed my stay in Papua New Guinea and look forward to returning one day. I’ll make sure to bring Karen with me the next time I come back.
8 days in Australia spending breakdown
- 6 nights in Summer House Backpackers hostel – $168.75 CAD ($168.75 AUD)
- “VISA” to Australia – $20 CAD ($20 AUD)
- Australia Zoo – $79 CAD ($79 AUD)
- Laundry – $14 CAD ($14 AUD)
- Food and water – $136.47 CAD ($136.47 AUD)
- Shuttle to the Airport – $15 CAD ($15 AUD)
- Sydney Train – $35 CAD ($35 AUD)
- 1 night in Sydney Backpackers Hostel – $20 CAD ($20 AUD)
- Qantas Flight from Brisbane to Sydney: $19.30 CAD ($19.30 AUD)
- Qantas Flight from Port Moresby to Brisbane: $100.74 CAD ($100.74 AUD)
- Thai Airways and Singapore Airline Flight from Hong Kong to Brisbane: $79.10 CAD ($79.10 AUD)
Total money spent with flight included: $687.36 CAD ($687.36 AUD)
Total money spent without the flights: $448.24 CAD ($448.24 AUD)
Average spending per day in Australia with flight included: $85.92 CAD ($85.92 AUD)
Average spending per day without flights: $56.03 CAD ($56.03 AUD)
Points and miles spent: 14,500 Avios miles and 35,000 Aeroplan miles
Honestly, I can’t believe how expensive Australia was. Paying $35 to take the round trip train was ridiculous! Why is it so expensive? The train here in Canada is nowhere near that price. What is wrong with Australia?! I honestly did pretty well with my Australia spending despite the high prices. I’d have to thank cooking my own meals everyday and only eating out twice during my entire time in Australia.
I also hated staying in the hostels I was in. If I ever go back to this country (which I probably will), I will stay at the more expensive hostels for sure.