Financial Friday 33

Locations: Batumi, Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 33 of travel has come and gone. Let’s see what my wallet’s been up to.

Transportation

On Sunday, my friend and I took a taxi to the ბაგუმი (Batumi) train station: $2.74. This was considerably more expensive than most taxis since neither Yandex nor Taxify had available drivers. We ended up flagging down a taxi on the street. This is not recommended, but it was either that or not make it to the station on time so….

When we got to the ticket desk, we discovered that all the 2nd class seats were booked (on 2 trains). They wanted 99 Lari ($38.72) for 1st class tickets. We decided that was far too expensive, and walked over to the bus station. Tickets for a tiny ass bus were far more affordable: $9.78. Six hours later we arrived back ‘home’ in თბილისი (Tbilisi).

On Monday, I took the metro twice to go to English club and back: $0.39.

On Tuesday, I also took the metro twice to get to ქართული (Georgian) club: $0.39. Have I mentioned I love the metro here?

Wednesday was insane. I ended up taking 3 taxi rides bouncing all over Tbilisi: $4.50 for all of them. Considering it took around an hour for all that travel, I think I did pretty well on this deal.

On Thursday…you guessed it; more metro: $0.39. This time it was to meet someone for a language exchange. I think I made more progress in an hour than all of my previous study in regard to trying to pronounce those crazy Georgian consonants. I’m still not good at it, but I’m definitely improving.

Accommodation

So there’s the house: $5.67 per day for this month.

Friday and Saturday also included the hostel in Batumi: $10.83 per night. Even put together, the housing expense is pretty reasonable.

Food

Friday and Saturday involved a lot of going out in Batumi for meals.

Wednesday was a crazy, bounce-all-over-town day which inevitably involved a lot of going out and drinking.

Thursday involved a trip to the grocery store as well as a meal out so it looks ‘expensive’ as well.

Other

Way too expensive travel insurance: $8.64 per day.

VPN service: $0.13 per day. Always use protection.

Amazon Prime membership: $0.33 per day.

On Sunday, my Georgian phone was stolen. So on Monday, I bought another one: $192.66. I know it seems like a lot, but the price of data plans on it are so much cheaper than with my ‘travel’ phone. I’ll make up for it in a month or two.

On Wednesday, I had to top up my ‘travel’ phone’s data plan: $15.00. It’ll be worth it when I hit the road again; I swear.

Summary

Week 33
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Total
Travel 0 0 12.52 0.39 0.39 4.5 0.39 18.19
Lodging 16.5 16.5 5.67 5.67 5.67 5.67 5.67 61.35
Food 7.07 9.16 4.73 0 5.69 9.15 10.5 46.3
Other 9.1 9.1 9.1 201.71 9.1 24.1 9.1 271.31
Total 32.67 34.76 32.02 207.77 20.85 43.42 25.66 397.15

So yeah, I went over budget this week, and spent a lot more than normal for Georgia. I attribute it all to the nearly $200 phone. Could I have gotten a cheaper one? Yes, but I wanted something nice. I think it’s worth it to splurge on something you use all the time.

Anyway, that wraps it up for this week. See you all next week for another Financial Friday…. And I think I’ll write something about the phone stealing incident this week too. I could make a decent story out of that.

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