For anyone who may be considering taking a transmongolian trip (which I'd highly recommend if you get the opportunity) or who is simply nosy (aren't we all in Blogland?), I thought you may be interested in the approximate amounts we spent on our honeymoon. In total we spent just over £2000 per person for a four week trip; here's a pretty graph of the proportions:
You'll note the majority of the expense was on the fares (the orange part of the graph), but over half of this was spent on the sleeper trains so it does cover about a quarter of our accomodation as well. We flew from London to St Petersburg, and then from Beijing back to London.
The next largest category is the hotels (dark purple); it would be possible to stay more cheaply in hostels or budget hotels, but it would also be easy to spend a lot more than we did! We got a good deal on some smart, clean places.
Likewise, food (grey) could have been a lot more expensive if we'd developed a taste for posh restaurants; we tend to go for healthy, hearty meals, and were eating mostly in self-proclaimed vegetarian restaurants so that I could be sure of getting something I could eat.
Sights (light purple) covers all the entrance fees for temples, museums, etc. and a coach trip to the Great Wall and Ming Tombs. I was slightly surprised that this proportion wasn't bigger.
'Other' (the large, blue segment) is mostly accounted for by the massive expense of three visas each, but also includes new suitcases and all the souveniers and postcards from our trip.
Does anyone else keep such precise records of every penny spent on a holiday, or is it just me?? I find it so interesting to see what cost us more and less than we were expecting...