Financial Friday 19

Locations: Batumi, Kutaisi, Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 19 of travel is over. This weeks has been all about Georgia (not the US state).

Transportation

On Monday, I took a train from ბათუმი (Batumi) to ქუთაისი (Kutaisi). The 3.5 hour ride cost me $0.81! I was very surprised at how little this was.

On Wednesday, I took another train from Kutaisi to თბილისი (Tbilisi): $3.25. Then I took the metro to a stop that was closer to the hostel: $0.20. Again, I find myself impressed with how affordable travel is here.

Accommodation

Friday to Sunday was the hostel in Batumi. There weren’t any currency fluctuations of note so I’m going to attribute the price difference to booking at the front desk instead of through Hostelworld. Those websites take a cut which can end up being significant in some cases.

Monday and Tuesday were at a hostel in Kutaisi. Not being a resort city makes a large difference in price.

Wednesday and Thursday were at a hostel in Tbilisi. I haven’t payed yet, but I’m anticipating it to be less than $10 a day. I’ll find out soon enough.

Food

So any day over $5 is when I ate at a ‘fancy’ (sit-down) restaurant rather than going to a grocery store or getting ‘street food’. By the way, the food here is fantastic. There were a couple times when I just pointed to something in the entree section of the menu having no idea what it was, and I was never disappointed with what showed up. I’m sure all the people with dietary restrictions are horrified right about now….

Other

Ridiculously overpriced travel insurance: $8.64 per day.

On Sunday, I bought 3 e-books at $10.69 a piece. That’s what I get for ordering popular books….

On Thursday, I bought a ‘travel toothbrush kit’: $7.52. It came with a fold-able tooth brush, mini tooth paste tube, a small roll of dental floss, and a couple rubber picks. All I really wanted was the tooth brush, but I guess I can use the rest…eventually….

Summary

Week 19
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Total
Travel 0 0 0 0.81 0 3.45 0 4.26
Lodging 15.41 13.27 13.27 6.14 6.14 10 10 74.23
Food 6.91 3.39 7.17 9.53 5 2.03 7.52 41.55
Other 8.64 8.64 40.71 8.64 8.64 8.64 16.16 100.07
Total 30.96 25.3 61.15 25.12 19.78 24.12 33.68 220.11

So yeah, Georgia is very affordable; especially if you’re not in the resort city of Batumi.

Until next week….

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