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 $2,176.77 on living expenses and $3,557.62 or one-time expenses. We spent 46-nights in Morocco and drove 2,928 miles. We camped 87% (40-nights), stayed in hotels 6.5% (3-nights), and stayed with friends 6.5% (3-nights) of the time.
|Total – US$||Daily Average*||Percent of total|
|Fuel price per gallon||$5.43|
|*Camping and hotel average is per night based on number of nights camping or hotel.|
The average exchange rate we received was 9.67 Moroccan Dirham 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 $47.32 ($23.66 per person) that was below our $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.
Our food and sundries expenses comprise about 39% of our spending and housing whether camping or hotel was 20%. We purchased a SIM card for Morocco and the data was really inexpensive (10 gig for 99 Dirham and it worked well throughout our time in Morocco. Our incidentals included some shopping (jewelry and shoes) as well as postcards and postage. We found Morocco to be relatively inexpensive especially since we camped the majority of the time. Fruit and vegetables are very inexpensive in the markets so we ate well.
Our one-time expenses
Border: Motorcycle insurance for two motorcycles was $403.69 for a three-month policy. The policies are available for either one month or three.
Repairs/maintenance/parts: We purchased one rear tire and some additional semi-synthetic oil.
Shipping: Two round-trip, open-ended ferry tickets from Algeciras, Spain to Tangier-Med, Morocco were $233.68. That was for two motorcycles and two people.
Other: As it was time for our annual medical insurance renewal payment ($2,258) that covers us in the US and abroad. We also had our two-year renewal plan for our SPOT messenger ($350.69). This item is highly valued by our family who track us so we find it a required expense. Additionally we had required a notary ($100), some website work ($100), and we purchased some music and a phone app ($16.42).
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 120.94 gallons of fuel and drove 5,823 miles for both bikes combined. This means we have an average of 48.15 miles per gallon per bike. Average cost was $4.18/gallon or $1.10/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.