While we were on the road, I kept a detailed spreadsheet of expenditures, and since the habit of keeping track of every cent spent became ingrained in me after 14 months, I continued the same when we returned to the States. So I have years of data packed into Excel just waiting to be shared – and I’m going to share some of it. While doing a little research for my next post, I calculated the average daily cost of full-time travel and that of our lives now (living in Washington, DC). It was really interesting to compare the two final numbers and think back to what went into each.
Before I reveal these numbers and my insight with you, I want to play a little guessing game. Take a moment to choose a response in the poll below, and I’ll share details in a post in the coming weeks. And so that you’re not guessing blindly, here are a few expenditures that made their way into each category:
Full-time travel: pre-trip vaccinations, visas, international flights, gulet cruise along the coast of Turkey, cage diving with great white sharks, overland trip through seven countries in Africa, riding and bathing an elephant in India, etc.
At-home expenses: furnishing an apartment, monthly DC rent, monthly Internet bill, monthly smartphone bill, wisdom teeth extraction, happy hour food and drinks with friends, trip to Las Vegas and Coachella, two round-trip flights to Hawaii, etc.
Do you have any other predictions you want to make? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. I’ll share the results (those guessed and the actual) in the coming weeks.