• Thursday , 14 December 2017
Expense Report: Guatemala

Expense Report: Guatemala

We spent a total of $2,970.58 on living expenses and an additional $2,316.18 for one-time expenses. We spent 42-days in Guatemala and drove 890 miles. We camped 29% (12-nights) and stayed in a hotel/house rental 67% (28-nights) of the time as well as 2-nights at a friend’s house.

Total – US$ Daily Average Percent of total
Living Expenses
Fuel 108.57 2.58 4.00
Grocery 616.25 14.67 21.00
Prepared Food 454.29 10.82 15.00
Camping 101.37 8.45 3.00
Hotel 1,025.07 36.61 35.00
Communications 71.94 1.71 2.00
Dog 45.78 1.09 2.00
Incidentals 547.29 13.03 18.00
Living subtotal $2,970.58 $70.73
One-time expenses
Border 61.69
Repairs/maintenance 165.29
Other 2,089.21
One-time subtotal $2,316.18
Average fuel price per gallon $4.54

The exchange rate average for all our withdrawals was 7.64Q per 1USD. 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 $70.73 that was above our goal of $65 ($32.50 per person). Remember this is for two people so if divided by two that is about $35.36/day/person. The expenses were driven high by our house rental for three weeks while we were in school (averaged to $32.50/night) and we inversed our camping/hotel percentages (camping is generally cheaper than hotels). The last nights in Guatemala were spent in Antigua at an expensive hotel. We had planned for two-nights but Mike was unwell so we stayed a third and those three nights really busted the budget goal.

The daily average including one-time expense is $125.88 so above our goal. One-time other expenses for Guatemala were high due to the following:

  • Spanish language school was $900 for two-people, one-on-one instruction, four hours per day for three weeks
  • Shipping a package from Seattle to Antigua was $675.87. This was a hard lesson we learned. Shipping can be very expense. We assumed it would be around a hundred so we didn’t do any research and that cost us a lot of money. There was also an additional $193.80 in online shopping for some of the items that were included in the package shipped from Seattle.

We purchased tires for Mike’s bike while in Antigua that amounted to $165.29. Border expenses totaled $61.69 for two people and two bikes. For details regarding the border crossing see the border report.

Fuel consumption: these numbers are estimates, as we don’t track per motorcycle but a mixture of both. We purchased 23.9 gallons of fuel and drove 879 miles for both bikes. This means we have an average of 50 miles per gallon per bike.

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.

Living expenses

  • 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: 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.
  • Dog: all items related to Ducati such as food, medicine, 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.

One-time expenses

  • 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.
  • Other: gear replacement, excursions, and other one-time expenses.


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