For the last 32 months we’ve been writing, traveling the world and tracking every dollar, peso, and pound spent on our journey. Our goal is to help you see how affordable around-the-word travel can be by providing you a monthly summary of our expenses.
We passed a big milestone in June…1,000 days on the road. It’s crazy to think we’ve now been living the lives we crafted for so long. In some ways it seems like just yesterday that we completed our 2 year plan and hopped on a plane to Ecuador. Over those 1,000+ days we’ve visited 6 continents and 99 cities. It has been a fantastic experience which has exceeded all our expectations.
June in Review
From a budget perspective, June was a very tough month for us. We had some significant surprise expenses which created a ballooning of our expenses over May. Most notably was the need to walk away from 2 non-refundable flights ($1,200) which would have taken us on to Europe. We ended up getting some difficult news from a friend so we cancelled our plans and headed back to the US to help. All told the change cost us over $2,500 but we always know that somethings are far more important than money. Being there to help was simply the best decision.
What June proved is that surprises will occur and planning for them is difficult. There is always a balance between purchasing tickets (train, plane, etc) in advance to get a better price or waiting and avoiding lost money. We’re a bit more leery now about purchasing non-refundable tickets but will have to see in the future how it changes our expenses overall.
Of the $3,676 total spent for the month over $1,300 was for the lost flights to Europe. An additional $300 was for incremental expenses associated with our transportation. This does not include the new tickets to Europe which will show up in July. As you can see, without these unexpected expenses we’d have come in nicely at ~$2,000 for the month.
Let’s Get to The Numbers:
- Total spending for June 2013: $3,676
- Daily average for June 2013: $123
- Total spending to date (for entire trip) through May 2013: $68,498
- Overall daily average (1003 days on the road): $68.29
I’m currently sitting at JFK Airport awaiting our flights to take us off to the UK. We’ll be housesitting through August in a small village in the north of England taking care of 2 dogs, 1 cat, and 3 hens. We’re looking forward to cooking meals, enjoying a pint at the only pub in the village, and taking long walks in the area. In addition we have some big projects that will be consuming time each day. We are putting together a decluttering course, based on our book Getting Rid of It, to provide a step-by-step guide to getting rid of the clutter in your life.
In addition, we have started writing our next book – The 24/7 Relationship: Lessons in Life, Love, and Laughter. Click here for more details and to sign up to be notified about the process.