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.
May was a good month. We completed our 4 months in Mexico, celebrated my 42nd birthday, and Betsy’s parents came to visit us. It was their first trip outside of the United States and was a great opportunity to see the world from a fresh perspective. Watching them see how different Mexico is from all the negative media coverage was a true joy. In addition, they often remarked at just how friendly everyone is in comparison to the US. The time we spent gave them an opportunity to glimpse into why we live this life and the reasons we love exploring so much. While they may not sell it all to join us on the road, we have no doubt they will be joining us in other places in the world and starting to fill up their passports.
May in Review
As you will see in the numbers below our monthly expenses for May are significantly higher (almost 70%) than April. As you look at the expense table you will see we spent $1,100 on “Living Expenses”. May was the month we decided to start purchasing our gear for our future hiking plans. As we’ve mentioned in the past we are planning to do some big hikes this year, culminating in our 509km (300 mile) trek in Turkey. Because we knew that hiking gear would be much more expensive in Europe we decided to go ahead and purchase it all here while we could. The expenses this month included tent, sleeping bags, trekking poles, socks, etc. We plan to do quite a bit of camping over the next few months in Europe so these will pay for themselves given the high accommodation costs over there. (Note, we’ll be putting together a more detailed summary of our hike and gear over at our website, Hike The Lycian, which will document our trek along the coast of Turkey this October/November.)
If you remove the one-time expenses for gear then our expenses for May were right on target with our $1,500/month for our time in Mexico. Since it was our last month we were able to splurge on a few nice meals as well as explore more of the area with friends and family who came to visit. We also had medical checkups while in Mexico. Our overall monthly average for 4 months in Mexico ended up being $1,780, but if you removed the anomaly of gear expenses we would have hit the $1,500 per month target almost exactly.
Let’s Get to The Numbers:
- Total spending for May 2013: $2,495
- Daily average for May 2013: $83.70
- Total spending to date (for entire trip) through May 2013: $64,823
- Overall daily average (973 days on the road): $66.62
Our plans changed rather dramatically in May when we discovered a dear friend in need of help. We altered our plans and bought tickets to head up to San Francisco. We are currently spending the month of June here helping with logistics while putting into practice everything we preach in our book, Getting Rid of It. It is good to be here doing what we can despite the terrible circumstances.
We’ve altered our flights and in next month’s report you’ll see the financial impact. Our plans now are to leave here at the beginning of July to head to NY City for a week long housesitting gig in the city. Then we’ll hurry over to England to housesit in the north of the country for 6 weeks. It will be a good opportunity to get back on budget after a few months of high spending.