Howdy, folks! I know many of you have been asking for a break down of how much we have been spending on our trip so far, so here it goes. Amazingly, it has been 30 days and 3,500 miles since we crossed into Mexico and over 85 days total on the road. Seems like just last night we were lying in our beds in San Francisco dreaming of this trip…
Gas- $591.11 (Currently ~2.80 gal in Mexico)
We had a good tally of our MPG and gas expenses but it was lost on our phone somewhere in Mexico City.
Includes groceries, restaurants, bars, beer, and tequila.
Motels, Campgrounds, etc- $221.67
This is very high for the month. We love to just sleep in the truck, and try to do so whenever possible. Unfortunately, we drove through a lot of jungle areas where camping was almost impossible or just downright undesirable. I also got pretty sick for 4 or 5 days, so we spent two of the worst days at a nice little motel in Morelia. We are hoping that when we get to Guatamala we will get to camp pretty much every night.
Car Expenses & Accidentes- $272.33
We had to get our hitchpin mount and jerrycan mount fixed after accidentally backing into a pole and busting it up a bit. Oopsy. That cost $122.33, but now it is built twice as beefy and looks good as new! We also had a little fender bender in Oaxaca. The guy we backed into was really nice about the whole thing and we gave him $150 for his troubles. (Editors note: It seems I have a bit of trouble backing up this truck…)
Travel Expenses- $372.30
This includes our Mexico FMM visas for 180 days, vehicle import permit, and a $200 refundable deposit)
Trip Expenses For Organizing the Truck- $40.00
I needed some extra supplies to keep the truck organized.
Personal Expenses- $40.00
Toiletries, laundry detergent, etc.
Entrance fees- $182.77
Includes all tickets for museums, zoos, visiting the ruins, soccer games, etc.
MONTH #1 GRAND TOTAL=
$2,418.83 ($200 deposit for entrance into mexico is not subtracted)
This is a tad higher than what I projected for the first month, but unexpected expenses always seem to come up while traveling. Gotta tighten the belt for month number two!