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...consider the comparison, between travelling and staying at home.

...taking into account the difference in costs at home versus travelling, it’s not that big a difference. When people say that “budgeting for a south american trip is about 20k USD” you need to decide how you'll travel and compare this with the cost of not going at all.
I think the flaw in your argument appears in the 'fuel' section: ...if at home you commute in heavy traffic for an hour each way every day you consume enough fuel to travel 200 km a day on average on the road. So, no extra cost.

While that statement is accurate in itself, it identifies the reality for most people, insofar as that 'commute' is to a place of work, where they earn the $/£/€s necessary to meet all those 'at home' costs. So if you're getting a monthly allowance from Mum & Dad... fine, but for most folk,once they take to the road, in your example South America at a cost of 20k, there's a high liklihood that they'll find those salary cheques are going to stop arriving each month.
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