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December 19, 2008

ACTUAL Cost of Our Roadtrip!

Filed under: Roadtrip — Tags: , — Matt Stamplis @ 7:59 am

OK, in our last post I just kind of estimated what our trip costs were but Joanne thought it made more sense to figure out exactly what it cost us. If you don’t like numbers, this post might not be for you. But if you want to know exactly what this trip cost us, check out this mind-numbing table!

Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Total Annual (12 months)
Food (includes eating out) $356.68 $491.44 $369.56 $401.99 $336.86 $298.79 $528.83 $553.45 $3337.60 $5006.40
Gas $1001.97 $205.53 $592.83 $349.00 $426.60 $464.46 $203.13 $277.57 $3521.09 $5281.64
Campgrounds $207.00 $74.00 $229.00 $208.00 $0.00 $40.00 $87.88 $39.44 $885.32 $1327.98
Health Insurance $260.46 $260.46 $260.46 $260.46 $260.46 $201.00 $201.00 $121.55 $1825.85 $2738.78
Cellphone $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $10.00 $0.00 $110.00 $0.00 $120.00 $180.00
Climbing Gear $0.00 $0.00 $426.58 $316.00 $0.00 $0.00 $35.85 $461.79 $1240.22 $1860.33
Car Insurance $52.00 $52.00 $52.00 $52.00 $52.00 $52.00 $52.00 $52.00 $416.00 $624.00
Yogi (Dog Stuff) $62.99 $4.11 $1.49 $55.00 $234.68 $298.60 $0.00 $0.00 $656.87 $985.30
Vehicle Maintenance $0.00 $0.00 $693.81 $0.00 $150.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $843.81 $1265.72
Propane $16.72 $0.00 $16.00 $30.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $62.72 $94.08
Misc. Spending $214.24 $126.62 $155.85 $594.50 $141.44 $360.00 $61.56 $0.00 $1654.21 $2481.32
Totals $2,172.06 $1,214.16 $2,797.58 $2,266.95 $1,612.04 $1,714.85 $1,280.25 $1,505.80 $14,563.69 $21,845.54

And here’s a little graph making it a little more obvious where all the money went!

So there you have it, $21,845 for the ultimate year-long roadtrip around the U.S for TWO! Doesn’t seem too bad at all…guess we better start saving for our next trip! Maybe next time we’ll make it through the whole year. 🙂

Some anomalies – the $1000 for gas in January was a result of driving the motor home from Oregon to Arizona – Yikes! $693 in March on car maintenance went towards towing and 2 very expensive motor home tires. The car insurance numbers are for the Civic, though surprisingly, I don’t think the motor home cost much more. The misc spending category is for costs that didn’t fit into other categories or for purchases for which we lost receipts.

Also, I’ve only included the period from Jan-Aug since we didn’t really track our spendings in Malaysia very closely. But the annual cost column extrapolates the first 8 months of the year to get an annual cost. And I should probably note that this doesn’t really include the cost of paying our mortgage: in an ideal world we would have sold our home and would still be traveling 🙂

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1 Comment »

  1. you guys did very well, considering the amount of travelling you did. respect.

    i’m very lacking in discipline whenever i travel, esp when it comes to food – i could never underspend, and only ever overspend. by a couple of times over. shame on me. 😉

    Comment by Lil — January 18, 2009 @ 2:38 pm


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