The RTW trip we are currently on can be done for less money but we are choosing to take the middle road. We offer these expense reports as a baseline for others to plan with.
We spent a total of $1,665.74 on living expenses and $433.48 for one-time expenses. We spent 24-nights in Chile and drove 1,611 miles. We camped 79% (19-nights) and stayed in hotels 21% (5-nights) of the time.
|Total – US$||Daily Average*||Percent of total|
|Fuel price per gallon||$4.26|
|*Camping and hotel average is per night based on number of nights camping or hotel less free, wild camping.|
The average exchange rate we received was 698.19 Chilean Pesos per US dollar. We use ATMs to retrieve our funds and we do not have ATM fees as they are reimbursed to us (Charles Schwab checking account).
The average daily spend was $69.41 ($34.70 per person) that was above our goal of $55 ($27.50 per person). We lowered our goal budget as we entered our second year of travel without any additional research but realizing that we want to spend less so that our funds go further. This didn’t end up being realistic for Chile. This was primarily due to moving quickly (few days in-country but lots of miles), expensive fuel (average of $1.15/liter or $4.36/gallon), and expensive camping in San Pedro de Atacama.
Our food and sundries expenses comprise about 37% of our spending and housing whether hotel room or tent was 26%. In the “average” column in the above table the price for camping did not include the wild camping (6-nights) so that average is only based on the number of nights that we paid to camp. We paid a premium in San Pedro de Atacama because all the cheaper camping locations were full and we were in need of internet so we paid a premium here. Luckily where we stayed the Wi-Fi was excellent. We didn’t purchase a SIM card for our phone but relied on Wi-Fi at campgrounds and hostels or gas stations. We did purchase additional Skype credit. The incidental expenses included ferry tickets for the Carretera Austral as well as between Punta Arenas and Pornevir.
Our one-time expenses
Border: : Motorcycle insurance for two motorcycles was $57.31. We purchased insurance in Bolivia for the remainder of our time in South America and it includes Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay. We figured the cost per day for our time in South America and allocated it to each country based on time in that country.
Repairs/maintenance/parts: We purchased a set of tires in Punta Arenas both tires were pricey Heidenaus.
Other: We purchased new smart wool socks for Mike and new regular weight riding gloves for Shannon.
Fuel consumption: These numbers are estimates, as we don’t track per motorcycle but a mixture of both and not every fuel purchase did we have full information on mileage/liters purchased though we always had amount spent. We purchased 71.33 gallons of fuel and drove 2,886 miles for both bikes. This means we have an average of 40.46 miles per gallon per bike. Average cost was $4.36/gallon or $1.15/liter.
Miles driven: this is based on Zippy’s odometer and not the total miles of both bikes. Occasionally we ride two-up or Mike may take Donkey to do some errands and these additional miles are not accounted for. When providing miles per gallon averages this is an important caveat as we are not tracking both motorcycles odometers.
Fuel: petrol for two motorcycles and minor use of gas for our MSR camp stove
Grocery: food and incidentals purchased at grocery stores/markets/butcher that may include batteries, toiletries, etc. as well as food.
Prepared Food: anything that we haven’t made ourselves such as meals purchased at restaurants, food stalls, or prepared food from local stores.
Camp: camp ground fees
Hotel: hotel fee
Communications: local SIM cards, Skype credit, USB modems, recharging for minutes and data, internet cafes, etc.
Incidental: anything that doesn’t fit into other categories with notes made as to the actual expenses but anticipated as park fees, other fees, postcards, shopping, etc.
Border: border fees for people, motorcycles, and pet as well as insurance required, and any other border expenses.
Parts/maintenance: anything purchased for the maintenance or repair of the motorcycles.
Shipping: expenses for moving ourselves and motorcycles between continents
Other: gear replacement, excursions, and other one-time expenses.