Financial Friday 16

This week, I was in İzmir, then İstanbul, and ended in Ankara. Let’s see how my budget did.


On Monday, I took a bus to Bursa: $12.45. And from there to İstanbul: $10.57. It was such a memorable trip, my last post is all about it.

On Thursday, I took a bus from İstanbul to Ankara. I have to say Ankara looks unlike anywhere else I’ve been in Turkey. I’ll probably write something about it later.


Friday to Sunday, I was at the hippie/commune hostel. It was so nice and chill. If you’re ever in İzmir and are cool with a vegetarian kitchen, I highly recommend Shantihome. It’s location is also fantastic: one block away from a pedestrian street full of restaurants, two blocks away from the harbor.

Monday to Wednesday was in İstanbul. The hostel was fine; nothing too exciting. A lot of people like İstanbul; me not so much. Everyone has their quirks right?

On Thursday, I started my Ankara experience. I’m sure I’ll talk more about that in another post.


Food here is so cheap. I’d usually go out once a day, and supplement the rest of my hunger with cheap, circle bread. At less than $0.40 a piece, I just have to eat a lot of it. Plus, the fiber is quite necessary as I found out the hard way.


Overpaying for travel insurance: $8.64 per day.

On Tuesday, I bought a couple pairs of underwear: $4.23. See the bus incident post if you want to know why needed to replace some underwear.

On Wednesday, I did laundry: $7.11. Or rather, it was done for me. It was expensive, but at least it wasn’t dry cleaned like the previous time.


Week 16
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Total
Travel 0 0 0 23.02 0 0 14.21 37.23
Lodging 9.4 9.4 9.4 10.54 10.54 10.54 11.88 71.7
Food 0.88 2.23 4.4 2.46 5.87 3.91 1.42 21.17
Other 8.64 8.64 8.64 8.64 12.87 15.75 8.64 71.82
Total 18.92 20.27 22.44 44.66 29.28 30.2 36.15 201.92

So this was a pretty good week expense wise. See you all next week for another Financial Friday.

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