• Sunday , 21 January 2018
Expense Report: Turkey

Expense Report: Turkey

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 $3,662.34 on living expenses and $5,527.08 on one-time expenses. We spent 53-nights in Turkey and drove 2,287 miles. We camped 49% (26-nights) and stayed in hotels 51% (27-nights) of the time.

  Total – US$ Daily Average* Percent of total
Living Expenses      
  Fuel 554.90 10.45 15.00
  Grocery/sundries 420.47 7.93 11.00
  Prepared Food 887.32 16.74 24.00
  Camping 272.40 10.36 7.00
  Hotel 609.21 22.53 17.00
  Communications 43.03 .81 1.00
  Incidentals 876.02 16.53 24.00
Living subtotal $3,662.34 $69.10  
One-time expenses      
  Border 111.40    
  Repairs/maintenance/parts 0    
  Shipping 4,786.99    
  Other 635.31    
One-time subtotal $5,527.08    
Fuel price per gallon $6.21    
*Camping and hotel average is per night based on number of nights camping or hotel.      

The average exchange rate we received was 3.02 Turkish Lira 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 $69.10 ($34.55 per person) that was 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. So, we busted the budget for Turkey spending more on average than we did throughout Europe. There are some clear explanations for the over spend and we would do it again.

Our food and sundries expenses comprise about 36% of our spending, which is comparable to other countries. Housing whether hotel or camping was 24%. We met up with some other motorcycle friends (Amsterdam to Anywhere) on our first night in Istanbul and they passed along their SIM card – thanks! From then on we just purchased additional data, which did seem to disappear faster than usual. Percentage-wise our spending per category is similar as it has been in others but we still spent more. In Europe we spent a daily average of $19.80 on food and sundries while in Turkey it was $24.68 – why? Was food generally more expensive? No, but we ate out more often and frequently at nicer establishments than usual. The other main difference is that we spent three and a half weeks in Istanbul and city living is generally more expensive. We also had friends visiting who we spent time with in Istanbul and Cappadocia so we did more tourist activities than normal.

Our incidental spending was also higher than normal at $876 that had some larger than normal categories within it including: secure parking in Istanbul ($132.39), public transportation passes in Istanbul ($91.93), and museum/ruin entry fees ($288.95). We could have saved money on our entry fees by purchasing some museum passes tht would have been a great deal had we purchased them early on. We purchased the one for Istanbul museums but after already shelling out for one of the included museums. You need to bring your passport or photocopy when you purchase the pass. Also, found out too late about an all Turkey museum pass that covers the majority of ruins throughout Turkey, good for two weeks, that is a superb value. Of course, this does depend on what you plan to visit. We loved seeing all the sights so it was money very well spent.

Our one-time expenses
Border: Motorcycle insurance for two motorcycles was $70.00 ($35.00 each) for a three-month policy. Online 90-day visas were $41.40 ($20 each plus .70 service fee each).

Repairs/maintenance/parts: Nothing purchased

Shipping: We shipped the motorcycles via air cargo from Turkey to Nepal and we flew. The costs included: photocopies ($3.48), two flights from Turkey to Nepal via Abu Dhabi ($623.80), hotel room in Abu Dhabi ($61.27), incidental shipping supplies ($3.97), gift for agent and staff ($19.86), cheap luggage for airline travel ($54.61), and air freight ($4,020). This process and costs will be further explained in a detailed “how to airfreight a motorcycle” post.

Other: We did a little shopping for books, music, and some new pants ($182.11), annual credit card fee ($75), website ($125), and more tourist activities included a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia $170.46 for two (this price may increase in high season or when tourism returns to normal in Turkey), a day long tour in the Cappadocia area including hiking, underground city, and other sites $59.58 for two, and tips to our guides and pilot ($23.17).

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 47.62 miles per gallon per bike. Average cost was $6.21/gallon or $1.64/liter. Gasoline is VERY expensive in Turkey.

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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