Expenses

Expenses are an area many are interested in. I know I was very much focused on the costs of long-term travel when setting up this trip. The good news is that it is not as much as I expected. The bad news is, I could have done much better. There is definitely an adjustment period involved in spending less than you are accustomed to. I am listing these in chronological order with a combined table at the bottom.

US & Canada

I have removed a few things from the summary table below. For instance I did not feel it was fair to list previous medical bills that I paid while already on my trip. I also thought my new climbing gear should not be listed as part of the trip expenses because, quite frankly, it is not a common expense for most people. Finally I amortized my travelers insurance premium for the days I was away instead of including the full premium amount.

The below represents 165 days of travel with the majority of time spent in the United States and some in Canada.

Expense Summary of the US & Canada (5/27/14-11/7/14)

CategoryCostPercentage Included Expenses
Total$7,841.02100%
Equipment & Apparel$419.585.35%Includes: Hiking Equipment/Repair, Apparel, and Footwear.
Food$3,324.9942.41%Includes all of my food as well as any expenses incurred by treating friends to drinks or meals.
Health Related$540.466.89%Includes: Health Insurance, Showers, and Toiletries.
Lodging$458.455.85%Includes: Campsites, Hostels, Airbnb's, and Hotels.
Other$27.03.34%Miscellaneous Expenses
Recreation$727.589.28%Includes Entrance Fees for: museums, attractions, parks, gyms, theaters, and sporting activities.
Transportation$2,342.9429.88%Includes: gas, automobile maintenance, parking, tolls, train, ferry, boat, and bus rides.
*Average daily expenses for the first 165 days of my trip were $47.52.
**For an export of the data showing the details behind this summary click here.

 

Argentina & Chile

I have removed some expenditures from this total. I deemed them to be tied to my blogging activity and not part of the trip expenditures. The amount removed was $855.73 for a replacement camera, tablet, chargers, and spare batteries. As I have done before, I amortized my travelers insurance premium for the days I was away. My flight back home was bought with haste so I did not get a very good deal on it ($800). Finally, I purchased an expensive piece of clothing @ $101.12 which is not a normal expenditure. However, I deemed it a valid expense since it was for an article of clothing I lost. 

The below represents 170 days of travel in Argentina & Chile and includes the full expense for the day I arrived back in NYC.

Expense Summary of Argentina and Chile (12/31/14-6/17/15)

CategoryCostPercentageIncluded Expenses
Total$8785.15100%
Communications$35.88.0041%Cloud Storage and Cell Phone Expense
Equipment & Clothing$370.204.2%Includes: Hiking Equipment/Repair, Apparel, and Footwear.
Food$2,993.6034.1%Includes all of my food as well as any expenses incurred by treating friends to drinks or meals.
Health Related & Hygiene$501.025.7%Includes: Health Insurance, Showers, and Toiletries.
Lodging$1,448.6016.5%Includes: Campsites, Hostels, Airbnb's, and Hotels.
Other$34.52.0039%Miscellaneous Expenses
Recreation$340.563.9%Includes Entrance Fees for: museums, attractions, parks, gyms, theaters, and sporting activities.
Transportation$3,060.7634.8%Includes: gas, automobile maintenance, parking, tolls, train, ferry, boat, and bus rides.
*Average daily expenses for the 170 days of my trip were $51.68.
**Because of rounding error Percent total is only 99.2
***For an export of the data showing the details behind this summary click here.


Peru & Bolivia

I included my flight expense even though I technically did not pay for it during these 6 months. I also included my cell phone expense even though it’s just to maintain my line back in the states. That is the only questionable expense I included. 

6 Months of Expenses in Peru & Bolivia

CategoryCostPercentageIncluded Expenses
Total$6,577.30
Food$2,736.4841.60%

Includes all of my food as well as any expenses incurred by treating friends to drinks or meals.
Lodging$1,558.23
23.69%
Includes: Campsites, Hostels, Airbnb's, and Hotels.
Transportation$763.69
11.61%
Includes: gas, automobile maintenance, parking, tolls, train, ferry, boat, and bus rides.
Health Related & Hygiene$591.78
9.00%
Includes: Health Insurance, Showers, and Toiletries.
Recreation$467.557.11%Includes Entrance Fees for: museums, attractions, parks, gyms, theaters, and sporting activities.
Communications$279.984.26%
Cloud Storage and Cell Phone Expense
Equipment & Clothing$146.152.22%
Includes: Hiking Equipment/Repair, Apparel, and Footwear.
Other$33.450.14%
Miscellaneous Expenses (donations, gifts, books, etc.)
*Average daily expenses for the first 183 days of my Peruvian & Bolivian trip were $35.94.
** Percentage total is 99.63 due to rounding error.
*** Those interested in downloading the raw data can download it here.



Running total from all combined trips

CategoryCostPercentageIncluded Expenses
Total$23,203.48100%
Food$9,055.0737.73%Includes all of my food as well as any expenses incurred by treating friends to drinks or meals.
Lodging$3,465.2813.68%Includes: Campsites, Hostels, Airbnb's, and Hotels.
Transportation$6,167.3929.23%Includes: gas, automobile maintenance, parking, tolls, train, ferry, boat, and bus rides.
Health Related & Hygiene$1,633.266.73%Includes: Health Insurance, Showers, and Toiletries.
Recreation$1,535.696.62%Includes Entrance Fees for: museums, attractions, parks, gyms, theaters, and sporting activities.
Communications$315.861.13%Cloud Storage and Cell Phone Expense
Equipment & Clothing$935.934.43%Includes: Hiking Equipment/Repair, Apparel, and Footwear.
Other$95.00.45%Miscellaneous Expenses
*Average daily expenses for 518 days of travel $44.79.



I hope this demystifies the black box for some of those looking to do a similar trip.

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