Locations: Ankara, Samsun, Trabzon in Turkey; and Batumi, Georgia
I’ve been on the road for a third of a year! Also, this week finishes off the month of May. Let’s get into it.
On Friday, I went to Samsun. I took the Ankara metro: $0.68. Then a bus to Samsun: $13.53. Once there, I bit the bullet and caught a taxi: $5.64. I estimate it would have taken around an hour to walk to the hotel, and I was having trouble finding landmarks close to it to ask the bus drivers about. So I took the easy, expensive way.
On Monday, I went to Trabzon. I took a taxi to the bus station: $4.51. And a bus to Trabzon: $9.02. It was a nice day out so I decided to walk to the hostel.
On Wednesday, I changed countries and went to ბათუმი (Batumi), Georgia. I took a bus to the border: $6.76. Then, I took another bus into Batumi: $0.95.
Friday to Sunday, I stayed at a hotel I found via AirBnB. I think this is the first time the owner got a hit from AirBnB as he sent me an additional charge for the price of the room after I checked out. I sent back a message asking what the charge was for, and haven’t gotten a response yet. We’ll see how that turns out.
Monday and Tuesday, I was at a hostel in Trabzon. The location had moved, and Google Maps knew the old location. After wandering around for an hour, one of the locals I asked figured out how to pull up a map on Hostelworld’s app. Fortunately, the location was correct there so I was able to find the new spot. Lesson: Google doesn’t know everything.
Wednesday and Thursday, I was at a hostel in Batumi.
So you’ll probably notice my food bill was considerably larger in Georgia. This is primarily due to being in a heavy tourist area, and going out to try all the new local food. I’m sure it’ll calm down once I’ve had a little fun with the new delicacies.
Way too expensive travel insurance: $8.64 per day.
On Friday, I used a public restroom: $0.23. I’ll pay that for a clean bathroom.
On Tuesday, I had my laundry done: $5.64.
On Wednesday, I bought a data plan for Georgia: $25.00. For some reason, it’s its own region, and not included in the Europe or Asia plans.
So things got a little more expensive this week. It’s still not bad though.
And for the month of May:
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That makes May the best month so far. If this is indicative of how Asia is going to be, I love it.