Out for a hike in Colombia, South America. Photo taken November 25, 2015.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Osgoode, Ontario, Canada. Just south of Ottawa.

And where are they going next? We leave November 1st for a six week trip to Romania and Moldova.

Friday, May 1, 2015

April Expenses

April was a travel month, so we expect our expenses to be higher during a travel month. And sure enough, they were higher.

But when you consider that we started the month in Ottawa, then went to Nova Scotia, then Las Vegas, then drove 1,500 miles (2,400 kms) and saw a whole pile of things along the way, the amount we spent for the month was pretty darn reasonable!

So, the total was $2,171 CAD, or about $1,740 USD. Keep in mind that our costs are in Canadian dollars, but the actual price we paid was in US dollars. So you can deduct about 20% from the Canadian dollar cost to figure out the US dollar cost. It's a total rip off for us Canadians, but it is what it is. Here's how it all broke down...

Gasoline: Good thing the price per gallon was a little cheaper this year because we still spent $591 CAD on gasoline for  the month. $40 of that was put into our daughter Lindsey's car when we were in Nova Scotia at the beginning of the month, but the balance was what it cost to drive Sherman up here from Las Vegas. Of course he still has about 3/4 of a tank remaining, so that'll be a bit of a bonus when we take off from here in the fall. This trip Sherman got 9 miles to the gallon, which is a full 10% less than his normal 10 mpg. But, we did a lot of steep hills, plus he is due for a bit of a tune up, which I will do at some point in September.

Toll Roads: $18.96 CAD for the tunnel in Zion National Park.

Propane: $43.48 CAD to fill us up. Our last purchase was at $2.50 USD per gallon, which is not great, but not bad.

Groceries: A little better than expected, at $445.82 CAD. We did some stocking up on deals that are slightly cheaper in the States despite the exchange rate. Now that we're back in Canada though, we'll be closer to an average of $550 per month for the next few months.

Alcohol: Still a little high, at $97.86 CAD, but we have some left over to use up. That's okay, because we won't be buying any alcohol over the next five months.

Miscellaneous: One of our best months ever in this category! Only $112.74 CAD.

Entertainment: And, one of our best months ever in the category too! Only $10.88 CAD for a subway salad that we shared in the airport during one of our flights. It was the only meal we ate out all month!

Overnight: A little high, at $156.91 CAD. We paid for nine nights of overnight accommodation, so an average of $17.43 per night. Most of these were in State and National parks, so that's where the costs are. The other nights were free.

Motorhome: Not bad, at $157 CAD. This includes our new fresh water pump, new wiper blades, and the oil and filter to do an oil change before we park Sherman for the summer.

Travel: $534 CAD ($427 USD), for the two of us to fly one way from Halifax to Las Vegas. Not bad, but not fantastic.

So, a total of $2,171 CAD, or $1,740 USD.

Our costs for the next five months will be very low, so unless we go crazy and buy a cheap flight somewhere (it's been known to happen!), then we can figure on between $700 and $800 a month for the next few months.

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  1. You will have a busy summer working and making money to live on, so you can take off on another adventure. Have fun.

    1. Yes, we will definitely have a busy summer but we re up for it. Can't wait to see where we end up next winter!

    2. Hello. I read your little blurb on renting a place near valle de bravo in 2012. I typed in Valle de bravo rentals and your blog popped up. You mentioned the price and showed some pictures but didn't have any contact info for the owner. Might you have the contact information? Wishing you a great 2015 travel year. Kevin

    3. Hi Kevin, sorry about that. The owners name is Santiago (Chago, is his nickname) and the name of the marina is Nautica las Olas de Valle de Bravo and it is actually about 5kms outside of Valle de Bravo at a little place called San Gaspar but has regular taxi service and collectivos that go into Valle de Bravo. The phone number was 01-722-158-7371, not sure if that has changed or not. He speaks Spanish and very little English. Last we heard he has the place rented out long term but that could have changed and he was also building a bigger apartment when we were there last December.

  2. I really appreciate the fact that you guys share your costs with everyone. It's so helpful to get a feel for what other people spend. Thanks!

    1. That's exactly why we put our expenses out there, so people can have an idea on the costs, keeping in mind that we travel very differently than the majority of RVers out there. Having said that, it shows people that it can be done for a lot less than what it costs to live in a house. We know that there are people who spend way more and others that can spend way less.


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