Monday, August 06, 2007

Cost structure

Today marks the 5 month anniversary of the start of my trip and I just spent about an hour on the internet making a spreadsheet tallying all my costs so far.  I haven't broken it down by country yet, but I think I have a total cost unless I missed something.

In total I've spent $6,057, which at 153 days traveling is $39.59 per day or more curiously $.03 per minute - significantly more than I expected to spend...was trying to budget around $30 a day, but the cost of Africa & the dropping dollar conspired against me.

If I remove the various thieves that have stolen money and objects from me, $150 in cash & a $45 cell phone in SA, spending $45 to send a document express in SA that got lost in the mail, $161 from the ATM in Tanzania, a $50 cell phone in Ethiopia, and a $29 late fee on my credit card (this is  99% my fault, 1% the bank for not having an auto-pay option).  This brings the cost per day down to $36.45.

If I remove the flights I've had to pay for, to get only a day to day travel expense, that brings the cost per day down to $30.55.

Also have to remember that my parents treated me to the overland truck from Joburg to Nairobi, so that is 26 days that I only had to pay for extra activities and food...


lucarz said...

what's up amigo? dude this is pretty cheap all things considered. If you're going to hotels and such isnt that a killer in terms of cost? Koglin and I are thinking about leaving and doing the same, but we'll prob pussy out

August 10, 2007 2:27 PM  
Jin said...

I am assuming you use internet banking.. If you send them a message and ask them to refund you because you are a faith & good looking customer & you are willing to do anything for them, they will most likely refund you. I have done it many times and it always worked.
It's Aug 13 and you now officially owe me $20 for sticking around in Kansas.. Respect.

August 13, 2007 11:13 AM  

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