My Spending Breakdown While Travelling in Timor Leste and Japan

While travelling in Timor Leste and Japan, I got to keep track of all my spending in both countries. My time in both places was short and sweet as I only had two weeks’ holiday from work and I wanted to visit my 98th and 99th country to visit all nations. To no surprise of mine, both countries are quite expensive travel destinations.

My 3 days spending breakdown while travelling in Tokyo, Japan

  • Alaska Airlines Flight from Vancouver to Tokyo, Japan – 14,211 Yen ($92.72 USD, $129.75 CAD)
  • APA Hotel Asukusa Ekimae – 19,600 Yen (130.56 USD, $178.90 CAD)
  • Sim card – 2,500 Yen ($16.65 USD, $22.82 CAD)
  • Train ticket to Asakusa – 1,370 Yen ($9.13 USD, $12.51 CAD)
  • Train ticket from Asakusa to Narita Airport – 1,370 Yen ($9.13 USD, $12.51 CAD)
  • Food – 520 Yen ($3.46 USD, $4.75 CAD)
  • Metro pass – 1,400 Yen ($9.33 USD, $12.78 CAD)
  • Metro fee – 380 Yen ($2.53 USD, $3.47 CAD)
  • Bus – 420 Yen ($2.80 USD, $3.83 CAD)
  • TeamLab Art Gallery – 3,800 Yen ($25.31, $34.69 CAD)

Total cost of travelling in Japan with international flights

  • 45,571 Yen ($301.74 USD, $416.13 CAD)

The average daily cost of travelling in Japan with flights

  • 15,190 Yen ($100.58 USD, $138.71 CAD) per day

Total cost of travelling in Japan without international flights

  • 31,360 Yen ($207.64 USD, $286.36 CAD)

The average daily cost of travelling in Japan without international flights

  • 10,453 Yen ($69.21 USD, $95.45 CAD) per day

Total points and miles spent while travelling in Japan

  • 65,000 Alaska Airline Miles

Tokyo, Japan is not a cheap travel destination. I even travelled to this country when their Yen was low and it is still pricey. With that being said, I did enjoy my time in the country and would come back. However, I would explore the northern and southern parts more than Tokyo proper the next time around.

My 3 days spending breakdown while travelling in Dili, Timor Leste

  • Citilink flight from Jakarta to Bali to Dili – $324.53 USD ($444.92 CAD) (Price offset by AMEX Cobalt points)
  • Citilink flight from Dili to Bali – $209.58 USD ($287.32 CAD) (Price offset by AMEX Cobalt points)
  • VISA on arrival – $30 USD ($41.13 CAD)
  • SIM Card – $10 USD ($13.71 CAD)
  • Taxi – $13 USD ($17.82 CAD)
  • Round trip to Cristo Rei – $20 USD ($27.42 CAD)
  • Whale Watching tour $200 USD ($274.19 CAD)
  • Laksa Lunch – $11 USD ($15.08 CAD)
  • Peri Peri Chicken – $23 USD ($31.53 CAD)
  • Breakfast Nasi Goreng – $10 USD ($13.71 CAD)
  • Dive Timor Leste Accommodation for two nights – $175 USD ($239.92 CAD)

Total cost of travelling in Timor Leste

  • $492 USD ($678.52 CAD)

The average daily cost of travelling in Timor Leste

  • $164 USD ($226.17 CAD)

Total points and miles spent while travelling in Timor Leste

  • 44,492 AMEX Cobalt points
  • 28,732 AMEX Cobalt points

The main reason Timor Leste was so expensive is because I went on the Whale Watching tour. Otherwise, it would be less. I am happy that I used my AMEX Cobalt points to offset the cost of the Citilink flights. Those points always come in handy for airlines not covered by Star Alliance or Oneworld. I will probably never come back to Timor Leste because it’s not an easy place to get to with limited and pricey flights going to the country.

Travelling in Timor Leste

Conclusion

Both countries turned out to be expensive travel destinations. This is especially true if you want to go sightseeing. Timor Leste is mostly good for snorkelling and diving because it is one of the only two places in the world where you can swim with the blue whale (the other being Sri Lanka).

Japan; however, is a good place to visit again in the future as it is easy to access with multiple flights available. There are also many places to see and do and I will come back one day with my girlfriend to properly explore the country.

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