Monthly Travel Round Up

Two Scots Abroad Monthly Travel Round Up #5

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We’ve now cleared one month in Canada and Craig has consistently stuck to his guns with the budgeting. He’s not religious but if he were, the money book would be his bible. Here is what us, Two Scots, have spent in one month in British Colombia.

Countries Visited: 1 – Staying put in Canada until January
Flights: 0. Plenty of ferry, bus and bike rides though

Accommodation

We are currently living in a caravan in the back garden of a hostel on the Sunshine Coast and in return for this kindness we help out around the B&B. Our accommodation outgoing is naturally very low this month! However we have visited Vancouver and paid for a double room in a hostel for two nights, hostels in Canada are super expensive in comparison to South America. We also crashed at our friends’ apartment for one night (thanks Karen and Craig!) Check out how we travel and work to save money.

Total: £60
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Food

Craig is dumbstruck at how much we are spending on food but not on our meals, on our junk food purchases! I think we got a bit over excited by choice after three weeks in Cuba. North Americans eat gelato not ice cream and I’ve just found out how much more calorific it is! I am currently playing at being a non meat eater (only fish) and Craig is generally eating the same meals as me so we’re saving a bit by not buying meat. *Disclaimer my parents bought many of our meals when we were with them.

Total: £555 (junk food £169)

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Craig needed a few alcoholic beverages to get him through the Grease sing-along in Stanley Park! We have drunk a fair bit this month but my parents were over on holiday and it would be rude not to join them… A healthy month ahead? Maybe not since our Scottish friends are visiting us this weekend. Slow travel is benefiting us though.

Total: £173

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Transport

So many buses! The good thing about buses in Vancouver is that you can buy at $4 ticket which you can use in two zones within ninety minutes. A one way journey in zone one is $2.75 which really isn’t bad at all. Journeys on the Sunshine Coast are a bit cheaper at $2.25. We’ve also taken the ferry to Van and back (and it had WiFi and ice cream!) I continue to bang on about how good transport is in the up and coming monthly round ups!

Total: £97 

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Trips

Wow, we’ve not paid for any trips. We are working with Vancouver Tourism so many of our escapades are covered by our media pass. Looking forward to telling you about our Van adventures. No, I didn’t get a name badge or queue jump!

Total: £0 (?!)

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Luxuries

I went shopping! By shopping I mean I spent ten minutes in H&M and came out with a hoodie. It’s grey with black seams. It felt sooooo nice to buy something new. I am such a capitalist baby. No idea what the rest of the money went on, Craig..?

Total: £46

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  • Two Scots Partnerships
  • SloCat Harbour Tour – two passes for Two Scots
  • Vancouver Tourism
  • Molly’s Reach Restaurant, Gibsons (article is work in action.)

And my Granny and Grandad Murphy sent us $100 over – thanks Murphs 🙂

PS. The bear is Grinder from Grouse Mountain. No back garden bear sightings, yet. Two snake sightings though, one at the beach and one at a park (argh!)


Any budgeting tips you can share?

 

Gemma and Craig full-time workers with a life-long travel habit. Flirting with 30 and let loose on the world! Gemma writes, Craig looks good in the photos.

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  1. I am beyond jealous! XD a drunken Grease sing-along? Can I come join you?? Looks like you guys are having a great time in Canada, I love the way you have broken down what you have spent to show people that they can travel long-term too if they commit to a budget 🙂

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  2. Looks like you’re doing pretty good up there! I love that area. Not sure I’d be super keen on staying in that trailer though. Love the picture of the bear. We visited him up on Grouse Mt a couple years ago.

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  3. WoW. It is really low budget travel. We never try this way of travel, dont know why. Sometimes people are scared to leave their comfort zone. But when I see you have so much fun, makes me wanna try it!

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      Oh thanks Sasha and Ana-Marija, we don’t really buy much to be honest but I do really want to burn some of my clothes at this point. A wee shopping spree when I move to Vancouver in Sept is on the cards.

  4. I would imagine that after Cuba it would be a bit of a sensory overload when it came to what you could buy. Good thing you have the cheap accommodation. A tip would be to buy less alcohol and junk food, but that’s a pretty obvious (and no fun) one.

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  5. I haven’t been to Canada yet! When I do, I’ll share budget tips 😉 I’ve heard how expensive Canada can be. One of the reasons why my friends and I were hesitating about it, but when we save up enough money, we’ll definitely go!

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      Vancouver is actually one of the most expensive cities to live in! We’ve done very well to get an apartment in Kitsilano on our budget. It’s also the coolest city I’ve been to so worth it!

  6. Canadians think of Vancouver as the most expensive city in the country so I’m so glad you have showed how you can make it affordable with just a bit of work.

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  7. You know what I like the best about your site? It actually has some humor! I definitely enjoy reading people blogs where people take the time to inject some funny! Also, as far as budget goes, I always save on food! I could care less if I eat frozen burritos for a while. lol

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  8. Love these tips–and what a great setup you have with the caravan! Even though I have never been to Vancouver, my husband thinks it would be my perfect retirement city since it has both the mountains and sea.

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  9. hope you are enjoying Canada! BC is such a beautiful place and WHAT A SUMMER we are having ( this is NOT normal around here!!!)
    its definitely expensive to see all of the sights, but they are well worth it!

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