South America in Money: Cycling the Andes for 15$/Day

Time and money is what stops most people from traveling, and though I can’t help you find the time – except to remind you that whatever you wish to do needs to become your very number one priority – I can give you concrete proof that cycle touring doesn’t have to be expensive. Though I kept very careful track of our spending during the first eighteen months of our trip (check out our money page for more about that) here in South America, we haven’t been so concerned about money as we know that we are on the last leg of our trip, and that even if we enjoy a few more luxuries, we will still make it home.

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365 Days in Money: How to Live on Five Dollars A Day

“You know all those things you have always wanted to do? You should go do them.”

1,923$. That’s how much money I spent in the last year for everything from shampoo, to guest houses, to food, to pepper spray. I was able to complete one of my goals along this trip which was to prove that it’s possible to live and travel for less than 2,000$ a year. This doesn’t include visas and flights, which for me were costly and upped this years expenses to 3,458$, but still, how many of you can tell me you lived for a full year on that amount back home? People tell me they can’t travel because it’s expensive as they proceed to drive away in their car (which costs over 10,000$ a year on average just for insurance and gas) and straight into a Starbucks for their daily coffee (which, if you buy a four dollar coffee everyday, adds up to 1,500$ a year). You can travel, you just have to get your priorities straight in order to do so.

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365 Days in Money: How to Live on Five Dollars A Day

“You know all those things you have always wanted to do? You should go do them.”

1,923$. That’s how much money I spent in the last year for everything from shampoo, to guest houses, to food, to pepper spray. I was able to complete one of my goals along this trip which was to prove that it’s possible to live and travel for less than 2,000$ a year. This doesn’t include visas and flights, which for me were costly and upped this years expenses to 3,458$, but still, how many of you can tell me you lived for a full year on that amount back home? People tell me they can’t travel because it’s expensive as they proceed to drive away in their car (which costs over 10,000$ a year on average just for insurance and gas) and straight into a Starbucks for their daily coffee (which, if you buy a four dollar coffee everyday, adds up to 1,500$ a year). You can travel, you just have to get your priorities straight in order to do so.

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