Expenses in Paraguay (22 days of travel in a van)

We travelled in Paraguay from the 25th of June to the 16th of July 2018 (in total 22 days). Our stay in Paraguay was a little different, compared to the other countries we have travelled in. We visited a Danish friend and could stay at one of his guesthouses for 2 weeks. We only had to pay for electricity and cleaning (50 USD). Also I was sick for 2 weeks, so I spend time and money going to the doctor and the hospital. We have a travel insurance, that covers the cost. We also extended our travel insurance for the next 6 months, at a cost of 1,911 USD being the major expense in Paraguay. All our expenses are included in the overview. 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.In total we spend 2932.79 USD in Paraguay, which calculates into 133.31 USD per day. Without including the travel insurance we spend 1,021.68 USD, which calculates into 46.44 USD per day. This means that we spend 19.56 USD less per day, than what our budget allows. 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.

Including our travel insurance we spend 2932.79 USD in Paraguay (133.31 USD per day)

Without including our travel insurance we spend 1021.68 USD in Paraguay (46.44 USD per dag)

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To save money we have tried to follow these basic rules (8. edition for Paraguay)

  1. Wild (free) camp as much as possible. This is one of the most efficient ways of saving money, when you don’t have to pay for camping, hostels or hotels. Using www.ioverlander.com to find places, where we could camp for free.
  2. Stay with other people for free. We have also made friends during our trip, and have been invited to stay at their place for free. Here in Paraguay we visited the Danish Colony and could stay for free at Carlos’ place.  Thank you. When we stay with other people for free, they sometimes offer, that we can do some laundry for free, we really appreciate this. This is also possible by using www.couchsurfing.com, which we didn’t do in Paraguay.
  3. Cook our own food. It is cheaper to cook your own food in Paraguay than eating out. When you buy a snack, just buy one and share (do you really need one each?), you never know if it is good, and you can always buy another one after the first one. Not much else to say. The smaller food stalls at the road selling fruit, vegetables, eggs and cheese are cheaper than buying everything in a supermarket.
  4. Activities: pick the ones which are the most important for you. We try to explore areas by hiking, which doesn’t cost anything. Explore the towns and cities by walking around, and don’t spend money on expensive tours fx segway tours.

Categories for the expenses

Overview of how we have spend the 2932.79 USD in Paraguay. We have used the same categories for Paraguay as for Uruguay, Brazil, Chile and Argentina traveling in our van. Our expenses have been allocated into 8 categories, which primarily covers expenses for daily living. What springs to my mind is that we only used 12.28 USD per day on food, and almost no money on activities (4.55 USD). Compared to Uruguay and Brazil food is a lot cheaper, and since I was sick for 2 out of 3 weeks in Paraguay, we only visited the zoo in the Botanical Garden in Asuncion. All in all Paraguay is a cheap country to visit, at least it was for us.

Overview of expenses in categories, when traveling 22 days in Paraguay, in average we used 133.31 per day

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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 (the darker grey area). 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.

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In total we are satisfied of how we spend our money in Paraguay, we really didn’t spend that much money. It is just easier to keep within the budget if we don’t spend money on expensive activities, like we did in Brazil (scuba diving). We loved visiting the Danish Colony, which also made our stay in Paraguay cheaper. 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. If you have any question about our budget, please feel free to ask.

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