We’re leaving the Gulf in a few weeks. So it’s about time to look at numbers!
Over the last few years, we tried to save and make as much as we could for our trip through the Americas. Apart from our full-time English-teaching gig, we rented out a room on Airbnb (we have guests now as I type). Each time Edd scrubbed the toilet and I vaccuumed up little hairs from god knows where, we said, “Ok, these guests spent two nights here. That gives us the cash for a full tank of gas”.
I was also able to do a few small proofreading jobs online and Edd took on an extra teaching job during our semester break. We’re exhausted.
Later we saw how some other overlanders budgeted, and it was higher than we had originally planned. We worked in the Middle East for five years and only have X? Sigh.
But now I’m looking at it as a challenge. And even if we go broke, we’ll have a roof over our heads, right? Our van, our future home. This comforts me.
So far, here’s what we’ve approximated for the cost of traveling (this does not include the cost of the van, gear,or modifications).
SOME PLANNED ONE-TIME EXPENSES (in US Dollars):
|Baja ferry crossing to mainland Mexico||250|
|Border crossings (visas, car insurance, permits)||1000|
|Shipping van across Darien Gap||1500|
|Flights across Darien Gap||500|
|Galapagos Island trip (?)||1200|
|Cuba flights and accommodation (?)||1250|
|Macchu Picchu tickets and accommodation||250|
|Communication (SIM cards, postcards)||50|
|Personal Supplies (toiletries)||20|
We are not aiming to do the whole PAN-AM highway trip, but we’ll still probably drive something like 30,000 miles (depending on where we end up). We’d like to spend 18-24 months on the road, and stay below our monthly budget in the following ways:
- Cook mostly vegetarian meals.
- Boondock wherever possible vs. campgrounds/parking
- Skipping bars and restaurants in the US
Edd finds making budgets a little tiresome, but the left side of my brain is getting off on it. It’s not that I don’t want us to enjoy ourselves, it’s that I’ve been thinking this way for so long now (“every toilet, every little hair…”). I’m sure we’ll get a better idea as soon as we’re in the thick of it.
The trip is going to be worth it no matter the cost.