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Recently a discussion on budget was had somewhere on the forum, someone mentioned cost based on distance. This was apparently supported also by discussion from the RGS.
Now for shorter trips, this probably would not work or would be a lot higher than that of a longer trip.
If you have done a longer trip, say greater than 3 weeks what did your trip cost you per km or mile, how many miles did you do, what was your mode of transport, how many people where in that figure (eg 2 adults, 1 child) and what was your approximate route? e.g UK to Oz and back Alaska to timbuktu etc.
It would also be interesting to see what you are planning for cost if you have not been on a trip yet, but please say it is a planned budget.
I am interested in collating some stats and seeing how this works out on average. If you would be willing to contribute I'll compile the stats and it may make some interesting reading and be of benefit to all.
I'll see if I can put together some from peoples blogs and spreadsheets I have found. Then post back once I have a few contributions. I'll update continuously.
I kept pretty good track of two trips... a 2009 trip in the US and Canada and a 2010 trip in Europe and central Turkey. I included everything except bike prep and any gear purchased before the trip, but the numbers do include vaccinations and visas obtained pre-trip. I tried very hard to keep track of anything that was trip-specific or expenses encountered enroute.
My 2009 trip total cost was almost exactly the amount budgeted for the trip ($7,000).
The 2010 trip was under the initial budget of $20,000 but that was only because I changed plans while in Turkey and turned back through Europe instead of continuing east to Vladivostok and taking on the expensive flight from Korea. The high daily cost of the 2010 trip also reflects using more hotels (83%) than anticipated due to the absolutely crap weather for the first 6 weeks of my trip... where I did no camping at all.
Food was easy to keep on budget. If I was below budget, I splurged at a great restaurant. If I was getting above budget, I didn't eat. I just kept everything on a spreadsheet and brought it up to date every few days while enroute. That way I could see how things were going... or where they were getting seriously out of whack.
Anyway... I'm sure there are significant savings to be had. I certainly wasn't scrimping anywhere. Clearly, however, the way to keep the per kilometer cost down is to go on longer trips and ride a lot!
British Columbia - Prudhoe Bay, Alaska - Colorado - Newfoundland - Florida - California - British Columbia
$7,218.25 USD = $0.21 /km = $75.98 /day
British Columbia - ship air to London - Scotland - Ireland - Romania - Turkey - Greece - Italy - London - ship air to British Columbia
$19,650.83 = $0.97 /km = $148.89 /day
Air shipment of bike and self, ferries = $46.26
Fuel = $13.72
Lodging/Camping = $39.10 (17% camping)
Food = $14.62
Souvenirs/Gifts/Entrance Fees = $2.88
Misc (tools, gear, insurance, phone calls, etc) = $21.48
Visas = $7.74 (didn't use Russia, Azerbaijan or Uzbekistan)
Interesting information. I am planning an RTW starting approx next June leaving Canada and working through Central south America then off to Africa and so on. With no planned return date but was budgeting $25K a year? Does this seem reasonable? Obviously the longer I can last the better.
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