Trip Economics at the Half Way Point

We are now almost half way thru our time away and I did a ’12 week’ summary

of where our money has gone last night.

For those planning similar trips this may interest you. For the rest of

you… as you were…

So far we have spent a total of $8749.00 or an average of $729.00 / week. If

we add in our mobile phone bills then it comes to more like $760.00, so my

initial budget figure of $800.00/wk was pretty accurate.

What has been interesting is how the money has been distributed. Our main

items are:

Food: $157.00/wk (Budget $200.00) We are pretty careful to buy smart in

towns and to ‘eat in’ as much as we can. I think that’s a pretty fair

figure. If we added wine then it would go up by about another $13.00, but we

budgeted wine under miscellaneous as its easier to hide there…

Fuel: $212.00/week (Budget $200.00) This is encouraging as the most

expensive stretches are now over. The days of paying $1.00/litre for LPG are

gone and even though 70c isn’t cheap it is a 30% saving.

Accommodation: $125/week (Budget $200.00) This is where we have saved heaps

as we have been fortunate enough to stay with friends and relatives as well

as doing our fair share of free or ‘independent’ / cheap camping. The next

stretch also looks pretty good as we have friends and family all the way

thru and that will be nice.

Miscellaneous: $219.00/wk (Budget $200.00) This includes doing fun stuff,

eating out, buying parts for the camper, books and basically anything that

doesn’t come into the first 3! We have spent very little on eating out and

we tend not to spend money on tours and things like that. We simply don’t

have the $$ these things require.

With 14 weeks to go I think we can do the home straight on another $8K

making a total of nearly $17K for the 6 months.

That is cheap living and I doubt we could live as cheap at home, but now we

will be trying to. It has really impressed on us how simple life can be if

we choose it to be so. Admittedly the variety of things to do decreases

markedly once you hit suburbia, but keeping on eye on costs has been a

valuable part of the journey.

We met a couple recently who have been traveling on the pension – $500.00/wk

and doing it ok. If you are prepared to live cheap and do some research on

the free / cheap campsites then it is very possible to have an inexpensive

time away.

I think most people see 6 months of travel as unattainable because ‘it costs

too much’, however reality would show that it can be done very cheaply and

still enjoyed thoroughly. The challenge is to find a job where you can be

given the flexibility and then to save $20K to make it happen.

Its far from impossible.

As an aside we will be taking a ‘mid trip’ break in 2 weeks time and staying

in a flash Gold coast apartment for 7 nights. I have been scrooging around

on eBay the the last few weeks putting in low bids on these apartments in

the hope of getting lucky. Last week I managed to win 7 nights for $700.00.

I imagine it’ll be a nice change, especially as the weather is getting

colder and colder…

If any folks planning a similar trip would like a copy of my excel

spreadsheet that I have been using for record keeping then let me know and

I’ll send it thru to you.

1 thought on “Trip Economics at the Half Way Point

  1. Man this brings back so many memories of our year on the circuit! We still have copies of our budget ‘doodles’ and notes as we travelled. The extra challenge we added was leaving Perth with just over $200 🙂 Picking grapes, preaching at youth camps and changing bed sheets became part of the adventure!

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