Expense Report: Trip to Hong Kong

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

And just like that, my 3-day trip to Hong Kong ended. I already miss HK but before I plan on going back, I need to check how much money I spent for my short trip.

I admit, I could have saved a little on food. I couldn't pick the 'right' Chinese restaurant so I always end up with the 'safeest' choice - fastfood. Bad

One thing I failed to include on the list above (and is the most important thing) is my guest house fee which is Php 8,500 for 3 nights.  One major mistake I did when I created my budget: I only included my future expenses. For example, I had a budget for US$500 for this trip but that excludes stuff that I've already paid for like the airline tickets and hotel reservation. As a result, I thought I was still well within my budget but in reality I've gone way beyond it.

Lesson learned: If you're going to create a budget for a very cheap trip, take EVERYTHING into account - even that sandwich you bought at the airport terminal. One thing I realized is that HK really wasn't cheap to begin with. In fact, it is one of the most expensive cities in the world.

Still, I think it was one of the best trips I've had so far!

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