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Old 07-28-09, 08:14 AM   #1
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Previous cost of your tours

Hello everyone!

This is more of a poll than a question, but there is a question buried in the concept.

How much did you spend on your recent tours? Not counting the cost of the bike or panniers, racks, etc.

Obviously this will vary based on distance, camping, credit-card touring and other aspects.

Also, how long was the tour? Did you camp? Motels? Split the time between the two?

Thanx!
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Old 07-28-09, 08:26 AM   #2
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Hello everyone!

This is more of a poll than a question, but there is a question buried in the concept.

How much did you spend on your recent tours? Not counting the cost of the bike or panniers, racks, etc.

Obviously this will vary based on distance, camping, credit-card touring and other aspects.

Also, how long was the tour? Did you camp? Motels? Split the time between the two?

Thanx!
Probably about 600 dollars apiece on the two week-long tours last year. The biggest expense was car rental. My two week tour last month was probably a little more than that, perhaps 800. I camped, used Warm Showers, and spent the odd night in a hotel.

My weekend or overnight tours tend to be little more than the cost of a tent site.
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  • Gas and tolls to get to our starting point (and home at the end) - $50
  • Hotels - $600
  • Campgrounds - $70 (a lot since we didn't use two nights we reserved, and NY State campgrounds run a scam where you have to reserve two nights, even if you're only using one.)
  • Food - perhaps $400 (including restaurants)
  • Indcidentals (museums, spending money, etc) - $200

That's $1320 for 2 people over 7 days, including a hotel the night before and a B&B the night after. It sounds like a lot, until you break it down and realize we spend $95/person/day - cheaper than a regular summer vacation, more expansive than past tours I've been on.

(We spent around $300 on new camping gear before the tour, but that's not part of this.)
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Mine have varied a good bit. Day to day expenses have ranged between about $20 for the Trans America and about $50 per day for my recent St Louis to Santa Fe tour, but I never pinched pennies. The lower number was almost all camping and about half cooking and the higher number was with about half motels stays and no cooking. These numbers do not include airfare.

I am sure that I could tour on $15 per day in reasonable comfort and $10 per day if really pinching pennies, but while I am naturally pretty frugal, I really don't feel I need to pinch pennies on tour.
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My last month-long tour was near $50/day. There were more motels near the beginning, but in the second half when I was on my own and camping the whole time, it still averaged to nearly $40/day.

The funny thing is that at home, I track every single expense to the penny, but I've always been terrible at tracking expenses on tour. Once I finally forced myself to do it on this tour, I was surprised at how quickly it added up, though at least it explained why I needed to hit the ATM so frequently!

I think this is a more important question to ask than the (seemingly more common) threads relating to costs of bike/gear. Because if you're out there long enough, your equipment costs will end up being just a fraction of the total cost of touring.

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Also, how long was the tour? Did you camp? Motels? Split the time between the two?
The one I did a three weeks ago was about a dollar a mile. ~80 miles/day and ~$80/day. Total of nine days. Most of that was expense staying in motels and next largest was food. Could do it for cheaper, but this was also acceptable.

I've done a number of longer trips and those will tend to be less expensive because I'm camping most of the time.
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think this is a more important question to ask than the (seemingly more common) threads relating to costs of bike/gear. Because if you're out there long enough, your equipment costs will end up being just a fraction of the total cost of touring.
Neil, I think you are absolutely right. We started to figure what our cross country trip cost (74 days, shipping bikes, airfare), and decided we did not want to know! However, from several lengthy tours, we generally figure between $50 and $90 a day for two of us. The price varies on the amount of meals cooked and the number of motels used. We have had a lot of $15 days, but on the other hand if you are in places like Victoria BC it is hard to stay under $150. I don't know about the rest of you, but we tend to eat about 4 meals a day (breakfasts 1 & 2) and an ice cream stop(s). I've also noticed that the cost seems to go up as I get older. I don't think I ever stayed in a motel on a tour before the age of 40.
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Old 07-29-09, 01:38 AM   #8
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Hi,

Croatia 2 weeks: 1100 EUR (without flight). But what does it say? - Nothing

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My tours have worked out to $30-$50/day. I did a 3-month Australian tour that worked out to about $30/day, but tours in Europe have been more.
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Combining my last two solo tours (USA) 4 weeks & 3 weeks I averaged $20/day. I stealth or free camped about one half of the time. Pay campgrounds and two nights in motels was the other half. I ate about 20% of my meals with food prepared by others. I like economical places like diners, pizza joints, Subway, and Chinese buffet.

Living frugally on tour gives me a greater feeling of self-sufficiency and independence which I enjoy. That being said, I’m also on vacation and not looking for a completely austere experience.
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Old 07-29-09, 08:14 AM   #11
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Five solo weeks this year from San Diego to Lander WY was $20-40 per day when camping and $60-100 per day when staying in motels. Each day staying out of motels saves about $50, which when applied to my next comfort gear purchase, makes staying out of motels that much easier.
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