• Thursday , 14 December 2017

Expense Report: Mexico

We spent a total of $5,232.89 on living expenses and an additional $1,808.58 for one-time expenses. We spent 89-days in Mexico and drove 3,856 miles. We camped 49% (44-nights) of the time and stayed in a house (my parents home in Sayulita) 17% (15-nights) which left 34% (30-nights) in hotel rooms.

Total – US$ Daily Average Percent of total
Living Expenses
Fuel 608.55 6.84 11.63
Grocery 1,089.64 12.24 20.82
Prepared Food 1,136.08 12.76 21.71
Camping 546.38 12.42 10.44
Hotel 786.25 26.21 15.03
Communications 288.17 3.24 5.51
Dog 121.00 1.36 2.31
Incidentals 656.83 7.38 12.55
Living subtotal $5,232.89 $58.80
One-time expenses
Border 563.40
Repairs/maintenance 298.21
Other 946.97
One-time subtotal $1,808.58
Average fuel price per gallon $3.60

These figures are based on the exchange rate we received when entering the country (13.33 pesos to the dollar) and because I was not tracking the different rates we received I do not have an average for our time in Mexico. We did start tracking this information so that our reports in dollars will have greater accuracy. We use ATMs to retrieve our funds and we do not have ATM fees as they are reimbursed to us (Schwab checking account). The exchange changed considerably by the time we left Mexico (14.5 pesos to the dollar).

The average daily spend was $58.80 which is below our goal of $65 ($32.50 per person). Remember this is for two people so if divided by two that is about $29.40/day/person. The daily average including one-time expense is $69.44 so above our goal. The incidentals included toll road fees, entrance fees for the ruins, some shopping, laundry, and tips.

Border expenses were $356 for 6-month insurance policies for two motorcycles, $48 for two tourist visas, and $158.78 for vehicle import paperwork. We processed our TVIP online about two months prior to our trip and there was a fee per bike and then we had an exchange rate loss we the deposit was returned to our credit cards.

Repairs and maintenance included new mirror for Zippy ($42.25), synthetic oil and gasket material ($105), and a voltage regulator for Zippy because the one previously purchased failed ($150.96).

Other items purchased just before entering Mexico and for a friend to deliver to us in Mexico or mailed to us in Guatemala included a new kindle to replace one that failed, some GoPro items, an unlocked dongle, folding backpack, Krieger hydration packs (mailed to us in Guatemala), and some other items from REI. We also employ a website master for specialty needs on our website and he worked a couple hours for us.

Fuel consumption: these numbers are estimates as we don’t track per motorcycle but a mixture of both. We purchased 639 liters of fuel (169 gallons) and drove a total of 7,916 miles for both bikes. This means we have an average of 46.93 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 (e.g. burritos from Mexican cafes)
  • 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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