• Sunday , 21 January 2018
Expense Report: India

Expense Report: India

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 $662.34 on living expenses and $365.77 on one-time expenses. We spent 12-nights in India and drove 1,168 miles. We spent 83% of our time in hotels (10-nights) and 17% of our time being hosted by new friends (2-nights).

  Total – US$ Daily Average* Percent of total
Living Expenses      
  Fuel 207.55 17.30 31.00
  Grocery/sundries 14.59 1.22 2.00
  Prepared Food 102.37 8.53 15.00
  Camping 0 0 0.00
  Hotel 303.48 30.35 46.00
  Communications 13.48 1.12 2.00
  Incidentals 20.88 1.74 3.00
Living subtotal $662.34 $55.20  
One-time expenses      
  Border 208.99    
  Repairs/maintenance/parts 6.78    
  Shipping 0    
  Other 150.00    
One-time subtotal $365.77    
Fuel price per gallon $3.54    
*Camping and hotel average is per night based on number of nights camping or hotel.      

The average exchange rate we received was 58.25 India Rupee per US dollar. Due to currency changes in India that occurred prior to our arrival we didn’t use ATMs to retrieve cash and therefore did not get a very good rate. The going rate should have been about 67 India Rupee per US dollar. We changed money at the border and then again at a jeweler. The poor rate received meant some things were more expensive than they normally would be.

The average daily spend was $55.20 ($27.60 per person) that was just above our $55 ($27.50 per person) daily budget. 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.

Our food and sundries expenses comprised just 18% of our spending because food was very inexpensive. We essentially exclusively ate out; we were also hosted one evening for dinner and two nights accommodation. We had a real splurge for our first three nights in India staying at a bed and breakfast that was run by a fellow biker (nightly rate of $51.50). We also found that the hotels in Arunachal Pradesh were more expensive than in other places in India; we had been warned this would be the case. Our spending on communication was back to normal and we were happy to have purchased a SIM and data because none of the hotels had Wi-Fi available.

Our one-time expenses
Border: $102 per person plus 4.99 for photocopies.

Repairs/maintenance/parts: We purchased oil.

Shipping: Zero.

Other: We spent $150 for permits to access Arunachal Pradesh.

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 received an average of 46.09 miles per gallon per bike. Average cost was $3.54/gallon or $.94/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.

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: 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.

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.
Shipping: expenses for moving ourselves and motorcycles between continents
Other: gear replacement, excursions, and other one-time expenses.

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