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Average daily or weekly or monthly cost of trip all the way down and back (MX - TD)

Hello to all...

I am seriuosly planning a trip to Tierra Del Fuego(and back), leaving Texas in September. Not having taken any trips longer than 16 days, im still green when it comes to long-term travel.

One of the first questions I would ask of anyone who has recently done or is doing such a trip is how much should I plan on spending on a daily or weekly or monthly basis ??

I know the answer can vary.. so assuming no major problems (knock on wood). Eating and lodging @ moderately priced locations along the way. Only timeline being that I be in the right place at the best time.. trying to stay just behind the rainy season along the way.. if possible.

Real answers or any other real advice would be much appreciated.

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Have a look here http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/tripplan/budget

Also have a look on the left, there is a menu called "Planning" with many links.

For what it's worth, I budget ~1000 US$/month. I usually end up spending less, but it's nice not to have to worry about every penny. But your style might be different, and what works for me might not neccessarily work for you ;-) Besides, I have met people that budget 5 US$/day, as well as some that budget 200 US$/day. Only you can know what works for you ...
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I have met people that budget 5 US$/day,


Is this a joke? What can you do with a motorcycle on $5 per day? That would buy gas for a 50 mile ride....provided I didn't eat, sleep or recreate.

I think this is the first time I've ever used that bug-eyed little smiley in 500 or more Hubb posts.


There's another thread current about costs in Latin America which I think strikes a more realistic note. Simon, for example, has struggled manfully to limit consumption to no more than 50% of his daily budget. http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...os-aires-49140

Mark

Edit to add: Being genuinely curious, I looked at the page to which you linked. The information there is thoroughly out of date; specific costs with which I'm familiar are low by about 50%, and the spreadsheet is from 2000, which is a decade (and many lifetimes) ago.

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I had the same look on my face when the guy told me. Ok, to be honest with you, I have forgotten whether he was a cyclist or a motorcyclist, but he was very sincere about his budget. Rough camping at 0$ all the way, drinking only water at 0$, self-catering with rice/veg, no recreation/museums/ etc. Outside of Europe, moving slow and with a small displacement bike I suppose you *could* try it on a motorcycle (shipping and visas excluded I guess). I don't think it'd be any fun for me, but that was the point of posting it - people's styles vary greatly.

As to the spreadsheets, yeah they are old, but hey it's a list of things to think about, whether you might need them or not.
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thanks

thanks for the replies... and links..

I recently returned from a fly-n-ride in Costa Rica and based on that and info from the links and other places... seems like $60 -75 a day in MX and CA... probably not much different in SA.. now need to figure out how long it takes to actually enjoy the trip as opposed to just "do it"... knowing that ive got to return to "real life" and a look for another job afterwards... means keeping it under 6 months for sure.... but maybe 3 months is plenty???

again thanks for the replies and links
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3 months is not plenty. Assuming you'll be seeing some sights along the way, 3 months is pushing steadily, particularly if you're not dumping the bike into the Beagle Channel and flying directly home. Most ride northwards at least as far as B.A. following Ushuaia, and most of the people I've talked with who took 3 months from Texas (as I did) say they felt fairly rushed. I'm glad I've got more time on my return north to pick up a lot of what I skipped on the way south.

The above does not apply if you're just in it for the riding, not the sights, sounds, people, food....

enjoy,

Mark

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3 months is not plenty. Assuming you'll be seeing some sights along the way, 3 months is pushing steadily, particularly if you're not dumping the bike into the Beagle Channel and flying directly home. Most ride northwards at least as far as B.A. following Ushuaia, and most of the people I've talked with who took 3 months from Texas (as I did) say they felt fairly rushed. I'm glad I've got more time on my return north to pick up a lot of what I skipped on the way south.

The above does not apply if you're just in it for the riding, not the sights, sounds, people, food....

enjoy,

Mark

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Definetley in it for the experience... as its not something I will do more than once.. wanna do it right.. or as right as possible. Hence the questions here. So youre saying 3 months down is rushing???? Or 3 months down and back is rushing???

Ive read of people taking 6 months just going down... but reality for me is
6 maybe 7 months is probably max I could do from a financial and otherwise standpoint... so im hoping your saying 3 months down and back is rushing..

If so, might be time i look into shipping the bike back.. or selling in BA or something.. if thats legal.. which it probably isnt...
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Three months down is not exactly rushing...but it's definitely moving steadily, with some rushing involved on certain days. Six months round trip sounds like a big hurry to me. You tend to want to move more slowly the longer you're on the road, an indication that most people start out pushing hard but don't really find they care for it.

That ought to bring some contradictory posts!

Plenty of information on this on other threads, and plenty more about shipping out of B.A. and/or selling, which lots of people do. Dakar Motors is a good resource for shipping (Google).
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... as its not something I will do more than once..
I wouldn't be so sure if I were you ;-)
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I just entered the USA after 2 months on the road in Mexico. My budget was 500 Pesos/day, around $42. With this budget, the greatest expense was gas, at aprox 50% or more. This being the case, i couldn't ride every day which gave me a chance to catch up on the budget. Hotels were rarely more that 200 pesos, food was the cheapest i could find and i did a fair amount of camping. I would like in the future to increase this to 600 pesos/day to increase the fun and tourist factor (museums, nice resteurants, etc)
IMHO, in three months i would only travel through C.America and back. In six months i would go one way to to T.Del Fuego. There is WAY too much to see to rush through, otherwise i don't see the point. Just my opinion.
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