Well, there is no real exact answer. Everyone travels differently, have different needs/wants and have different overheads to calculate into their budgets.
Obviously a few kids can add a few extra $’s to the budget and it all depends on where you are and what activities you decide to do. And of course WHEN- for example school holidays and public holidays can really put a dint into the budget too.
We get asked a fair bit about the costs involved in travelling like we do. Some people tend to think its expensive and that doing it full-time must mean we have lots of money. Ha! Ha!
We used last fortnight as an example to keep a record of all our expenses and thought we would share OUR personal expenses with you for those who have wondered what the costs are/can be.
There is no such thing as a standard or normal week on the road. One week we maybe out in the bush doing some “free camping” and keeping ourselves entertained around the camp, then the next week we may find ourselves staying at an expensive caravan park visiting lots of attractions. So as you can imagine it would be impossible to give a calculated cost to traveling.
The overheads of travelling are very similar I guess to those of a normal life in a house. There is of course vehicle registration, caravan registration, insurance, maintenance.
Fuel expenses ( a huge variable relative to the distance you wish to travel in a specific amount of time), Food, accommodation (another huge variable relative to your desire to free camp or stay at caravan parks- or both), Leisure Expenses (entertainment, attractions activities), Incidentals (medicine, repairs batteries clothing etc), Internet, Mobile Phones and other personal liabilities such as personal debts, credit cards, storage fees, mortgage etc.
Our personal situation meant we have decided to travel BEFORE buying a house and whilst we had no debts. This is the only way we would have been able to afford to travel. We take care of our yearly registrations, insurance, internet and storage fees in a single swoop each year so we do not have to worry about those expenses whilst travelling.
Many may think sharing such expenses like we are about to, a little personal and many may not be comfortable in sharing such detail. We feel that this particular fortnight of travel is a very typical fortnight for us ( sure, some fortnight’s we would blow these expenses out of the water and some fortnight’s may even halve these figures). We don’t mind sharing!
To give a summary of our fortnight and a snap-shot of these expenses it consisted of fourteen days (ten of which we stayed in caravan parks and four days free camping). Four of those days in the caravan parks were charged at peak season rates due to Melbourne Cup long weekend. We did not travel far towing the van but did do long day trips in steep and windy countryside which added to our fuel usage. We did no attractions that cost money (only free activities such as walking, canoeing, beach etc). Our leisure expenses consisted of pizza one day and two lots of fish and chips. Our food expenses was slightly higher than normal due to us spoiling ourselves on a few treats and making a few meals that were a bit out of the ordinary for us.
Please see the chart below for a breakdown of last fortnight’s expenses:
As you can see, this particular fortnight for us averages out at only a little over $90 a day. We reckon the difference between a frugal fortnight and a fortnight where we tend to indulge may only differ 20% either way.
Looking at these figures you can see that it can be a lot cheaper to travel Oz then to live in a house but of course this is a very personal decision and of course only our perspective.
In general caravan parks (for us) can vary from $25pn right up to $60pn in peak times.
We have paid as much as $2.08 per litre for diesel in remote areas
Cost of emergency recovery of your vehicle in remote areas can exceed $1000 per hour. So make sure your vehicle is sound
We hope this little share of information maybe an insight into what the actual costs of traveling are and perhaps you could use it as a starting point if you were considering to travel as well.