Budget is the first and most important thing and has to be taken care of in the planning. I have made an estimate of my expenses of SF4 in US Dollar currency and Indian Rupee to make it easy.
Being an Indian I will get benefit on Visa on arrival so this will save my time to apply first and then wait for the approval to come. I can get the visa on arrival there at the airport itself and it would be hassle-free and this will cost me around INR 2500 and in USD this amount is approx USD 35.
I have gone through the steemfest website and checked tickets type and pricing details. There are 7 types of tickets and being a minnow I fall in the second type which will cost me USD 380 approx (SBD 482, Euro 333.33). I would like to mention that this amount covers only 75% of the cost so Steem is encouraging plankton and minnow users to participate in the event and they are offering ticket at subsidized prices. This is indeed a very good move by the company.
Air Fare (To and Fro)
I have checked out the flights from New Delhi India to Bangkok for two Airlines- Go Air and Spicejet are offering the lowest prices in economy class and return ticket will cost me around USD 250. I always go for non-stop fights and this non-stop journey would be between 4 to 4.5 hours.
I have never been to Bangkok before so have no idea about the location and places. Steemfest team has listed Prince Palace Hotel on the website and I have checked their prices in agoda website and for this period of stay, they would charge approx 225 USD. Since Prince Palace Hotel is officially recommended hotel so I would go for this one only.
As I have already mentioned that I am not aware of the locations there so Google map will be my assistant to find the places and know the distance. I can see on the map that the Hotel is almost 32 km away (almost half an hour by taxi) so for this taxi charges, I am keeping as $ 100. This amount may be a bit on the higher side but I think it's ok to keep it a higher to avoid unexpected issues.
This is MUST for me to stay online so I will buy tourist SIM there (should be available in the airport) and hope $ 50 would be sufficient for 1-week internet cost. I am sure there would be wifi in the hotel premise but still, mobile data is required for calling and steem usage.
I am vegetarian and hope there would be enough veggie options for me in the hotel. I think few lunches, dinner would be provided as a part of SteemFest ticket but still, I keep this amount to enjoy the food there. I am not sure whether this will be sufficient to cover or not but if required I can extend it depending upon need.
Shopping and Gifts
Visiting Bangkok and No Shopping! not possible, so have the plan to do some shopping for my family. I am not sure what I will be buying but will see what is good and I would like to buy. It depends upon my liking or if some steem friends (who visited Bangkok already) suggests me something to go for and for this I keep $ 300 as shopping funds.
We plan many things on the trip but few things just happen and we can't plan for them. Bangkok is such a nice place to be and after SteemFest I have decided to extend my stay by 1 more day. I also hope many more steemians will do the same to enjoy Bangkok after the event. So I keep a fund of $ 300 for this miscellaneous expenses and to cover the cost of an extended trip.
I have talked about all the expenses for Steem Fest and here is a summary of all. Here is the table having all details at one place. I need to have a sum of USD 1840 and in INR 130k approx to fund my trip to SF4. Few expenses heads are considered on an approximate basis so little movement in total is possible. Since INR is my fiat currency so I have also added a total in INR currency.
How much I have in my hand?
I have shared detailed expenses about SteemFest 4. I need approximately a sum of USD 1800 to fund my trip to the event but currently, I don't have any amount in my hand as of now. This is what makes me unsure to attend the event but I am hopeful and positive. Almost 3 months are left for the event and if everything goes well then this is more than enough to arrange this amount.
I have also submitted my posts in the prior contests about The Road to Steem Fest.
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