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How much is #RDMission100-7 costing me?

My last huge mission was getting to Antarctica. It wasn’t cheap … here’s a reminder of the cost … link

This trip is nowhere near the same … it’s even more. Like crazy more … Going around New Zealand and getting to Australia is on my bucket list since I’m a huge Lord of the Rings fan and I wanted to complete my continent count.

As we’re going through on the trip, it’s broken down into six distinct phases :

Total running cost to date : $26,000 and counting!!!

1. Prince Edward Island to Disneyland (Total Cost = $11,428.98)

Flights for the entire trip were one giant cost regardless of where we stopped. This was booked as a fairly routine open jawed ticket online through CheapoAir.

  • Flight Cost :
  • Uber (from LAX to Great Wolf Lodge + tips for all the people who helped us) : $140.00
  • Car Rental : Avis (5 day rental) : $200.00
  • Children materials, prep costs, food, treats and miscellaneous crap  : $2000.00 (Yeah seriously … you don’t know you’re poor until you have children)
  • Disneyland Tickets : $1300.00
  • Accommodation : Great Wolf Lodge $1000.00
  • Goofy’s Kitchen for Baba’s Birthday : $300.00

2. Disneyland to Auckland (Total Cost = $660.00)

Our 48 hour layover in Auckland is meant to be a refresher with some sightseeing. The car rental was really an expensive luggage carrier. This will be an ongoing theme and I dare anyone to oppose this costing.

  • Bassinet surcharge on Air New Zealand : $100.00
  • Car Rental : Avis (2 day rental) : $210.00
  • Children materials, prep costs, food, treats and miscellaneous crap  : $250.00
  • Accommodation : Four Points Auckland (I used Bonvoy Points) : $100.00

3. Cruising from Auckland, New Zealand to Sydney, Australia (Celebrity Solstice : Dec 2 — Dec 14, 2019 | 12 night New Zealand cruise) (Total Cost : $8450.00)

  • Administrative costs : NZeTAs : $150
  • Shopping and excursion costs : $400
  • Power adapter for our cruise : $100
  • Cruise Cost

4. Cruising from Sydney, Australia (Celebrity Solstice : Dec 14 — Dec 23, 2019 | 9 night south pacific cruise) : (Total Cost : $5600)

  • Administrative costs : NZeTAs : $80
  • Cruise Cost

  • Car Rental : Avis (2 day rental) : $210.00
  • Children materials, prep costs, food, treats and miscellaneous crap  : $250.00
  • Accommodation : Four Points Auckland (I used Bonvoy Points) : $100.00

5. Sydney, Australia to San Francisco, CA

All figures are in Canadian Dollars … so stand back and be blown away

6. San Francisco, CA to Prince Edward Island

About Rishiray

Rishi Sankar is a Cloud HRMS Project Manager/ Solution Architect. Over the past 15+ years, he has managed to combine his overwhelming wanderlust with a desire to stay employed, resulting in continuing stints with 3 major consulting firms (IBM, Deloitte, Accenture). He documents his adventures around the world on "Ah Trini Travelogue" with pictures and stories from the road/tuk-tuk/camel/rickshaw. You can follow him on Twitter at @rishiray and on Facebook at "Ah Trini Travelogue . He doesn't like Chicken Curry but loves Curry Chicken and is always trying to find the perfect Trinidadian roti on the road. He also doesn't like cheese and kittens ... and definitely not together. E-mail from his blog is appreciated like a 35 yr old Balvenie at [email protected]