We travelled in Mexico between the 8th of March and the 1st of June 2017. In total we spend 86 days travelling on our two motorcycles riding about 5,500 miles. All our expenses are included in the overview in this post. Every penny we have spend together or for personal use are included. We are aware that we might have forgotten to add few expenses during our travel – nobody is perfect. Our budget is 66 USD per day including everything. This means that we have to save up money for expensive activities, border crossing, new motorcycle tires and the sailboat from Panama to Colombia, which will cost us 2000 USD in total.
In total we spend 4,275.94 USD in Mexico, which calculates into 49,72 per day. We use an app called TOSHL FINANCE (https://toshl.com), which we could customize to our travel expenses. We decided to buy TOSHL PRO for 19,99 USD (https://toshl.com/pricing/) which gives us access to an online account where all the pictures are from. We also looked at other apps for keeping track of our expenses during our travel fx TrabeePocket, but it did not meet our demands.
To save money we have tried to follow these basic rules
1. Camp in our tent as much as possible. Especially on Baja California it was possible to wild camp a lot. As we got to the mainland it got more difficult. On really long riding days and the last days in Mexico we had a lot of rain and decided to go for a cheap motel or auto hotel within a price range of 250-350 pesos per night for 2 persons. Find cheap hostels (online or stop and ask for the price). We usually get a private room (2 persons) with shared bathroom (about 200 pesos), because it is cheaper than having a private room with a bathroom. Some places you can negotiate the price, but don’t push it to far.
3. Cook our own food. It is cheap to eat at the small food stands by the road by it is still cheaper if you cook your own meals. There is a few exceptions fx elotes and tamales. When you have the opportunity to cook fresh produce the cheapest place the go grocery shopping is at the local markets (Mercado) where you can by pretty much everything. Meat is more expensive, so but 100-125 grams per person per meal. You can also replace meat with eggs, which is cheaper. The local Mexican cheese is also a cheap opportunity.
4. Activities: pick the ones which are the most important for you. We try to explore areas by hiking, which doesn’t cost anything. Some places you have to hire a guide, when you go hiking. Explore the towns and cities by walking around, and don’t spend money on expensive tours fx segway tours. Mexico City is so big that we would recommend a tourist bus, but a ticket for the metro a only 5 pesos per trip.
Categories for the expenses
Overview of how we have spend the 4,275.94 USD in Mexico. During our first months of traveling our expenses have been allocated into 11 categories.
All the categories have subcategories (called Tags), which makes it possible for us to get a more detailed overview of the expenses within the different categories. In the top each picture you have the total amount of expenses in the category, and underneath you have the amount of expenses allocated into the subcategories.
Keeping track of our expenses made it possible for us to see where we were spending too much money fx we spend way to much money on food in March. In April we cut our expenses for food and drinks in half . It is all about keeping track for your expenses so you don’t overspend and spend money on the things that are important to you.