This month we launch the second edition of our book, Getting Rid of It: The Step-by-Step Guide for Eliminating the Clutter in Your Life. This book presents the process we used to declutter our lives as a guide you can use to declutter any room in your home. Now available in ebook and print editions. Click here to read more.
November began with our first visit home to visit Betsy’s family in over 2.5 years. It was an emotional homecoming and a 2 week opportunity to eat, catch up with family, and a chance for me to learn more about my wife. We also enjoyed exploring a bit of the area around Betsy’s home, including a day trip to visit the amazing Carlsbad Caverns. I was able to capture some great photos of the visit and while we wandered through the cave, so I was in heaven with my camera in hand.
At mid-month Betsy’s brother was kind enough to drive us to Austin to begin our 6-week housesit. We are looking after 2 beautiful dogs and are enjoying our chance to shower love on pets. We’ve always enjoyed housesitting as it provides us a chance to live more like a local and I have access to a kitchen. I’ve been spending the time here catching up on new recipes I’ve wanted to try and exploring some new ones.
November in Review
As you’ll see below our November expenses were extremely low, a welcome change from our time in Europe and crossing the Atlantic. The biggest savings, of course, came from the lack of accommodation expenses. Being able to stay with family and then starting our housesit in Austin was a great way to reduce our spending while in the US. In addition, we ate most meals at home with a few happy hours, which let us keep costs even lower.
With limited travel and no accommodations the bulk of our spending (78% in fact) was on food and alcohol. This was a good month to see what eating and drinking in the US can cost if you only eat out a few times, including a few happy hours. We did have expenses for fuel to get from NM to Austin, TX, but it was still cheaper and far more enjoyable to drive the 7 hours than dealing with the stress of flying.
We’re spending December in Austin as well and looking forward to exploring more of the city and venturing out with new friends. We have our eyes on a few Mexican and BBQ restaurants as we don’t want to let our budget and diet dictate all the fun in our lives.
Let’s Get to The Numbers:
- Total spending for November 2012: $1,189
- Daily average for November 2012: $39.63
- Total spending to date (for entire trip) through November 2012: $54,280
- Overall daily average (791 days on the road): $68.62
Over the course of providing these monthly spending reports, we’ve received a lot of questions and requests for clarification on our spending and finances. In order to spread the answers to more of you we’ll start including one here each month.
Did you really get rid of everything to travel? Come on, be honest.
It seems that no matter how often we talk about our lives one of the most surprising lines of inquiry is around stuff. How we could give up everything to follow this life we’re leading seems unbelievable. We often have people give us a wink and a nod, like we’ve somehow been holding back a secret storage space packed full of memories and Betsy’s fantastic supply of shoes.
Well, the truth is there is no undisclosed collection of stuff. What we own, we carry with us. We really did get rid of everything and there is not a day that has gone by that we’ve regretted that decision. We know this is not for everyone, and we’re not advocating for everyone to follow suit. However, it was what we needed to start our new lives off with the freedom we desired.
Each month we provide a monthly summary of our expenses during our trip around the world. We’ve documented every dollar, yuan, and bhat spent on our journey to help you see how affordable RTW travel by showing you how we break down our expenses.