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 $1,530.05 on living expenses and $1,002.62 on one-time expenses. We spent 31-nights in Nepal and drove 975 miles. We didn’t spend any nights camping so 100% in hotel rooms.
|Total – US$||Daily Average*||Percent of total|
|Fuel price per gallon||$3.39|
|*Camping and hotel average is per night based on number of nights camping or hotel.|
The average exchange rate we received was 107.89 Nepalese Rupee 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 $49.36 ($24.68 per person) that was below 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 comprise about 47% of our spending, which is higher than what we have spent in other countries. We did purchase snacks to take with us to India and Nepal. Housing was 23%. Our spending on communications was very high due to an error on my part. Our SIM card with data was very expensive because I was using the wrong exchange rate in my head; was thinking I was spending aobut US$10 and it was actually US$80. Later on we needed to purchase more data and realized that we also got screwed on price from the place we originally purchased our SIM and data. First time that has actually happened but the larger error was mine. Incidental spending was average and included entrance fees as well as a little bit of shopping (patches and shirts).
Our one-time expenses
Border: Visas on entry were $80 and then we needed extensions that cost $61.17.
Repairs/maintenance/parts: We purchased oil, went to a welder, chain lube, and two DID chains.
Shipping: Fees to our local agent ($220), taxi to the airport ($7.41) and another small fee (.46). The process and costs are further explained in a detailed “how to airfreight a motorcycle” post.
Other: Chitwan National Park activities including canoe ride, jungle walk, and elephant ride ($171), permits for Lower Mustang ($74.15), website work ($100), shopping at the Abu Dhabi airport ($29.40), and international driver’s permits ($40).
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 44.47 miles per gallon per bike. Average cost was $3.39/gallon or $.90/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.