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Old 09-15-18, 12:41 PM
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What are you spending on average per month?

This questions is more for those who have been on or currently on longer tours.

What countries are you touring?

Where are you sleeping?

What are you spending per month?
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Old 09-15-18, 01:35 PM
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Depends on type of touring and where

Credit card touring in the USA at least $100 per night if i eat simple.

Touring where i provide my own sleeping arrangement and food. As little as $20+cost of campsite.

Originally Posted by FlippinFlags
This questions is more for those who have been on or currently on longer tours.

What countries are you touring?

Where are you sleeping?

What are you spending per month?
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Self-supported touring in the US averages $750/month. I can go over $1000 in areas like the Northeast US in tourist season. If I stay in the western US, with lots of public land and easy dispersed camping, it's cheaper. (One week-long tour in Arizona, where I carried all my food, cost me a total of $5 (a Subway footlong in Flagstaff).)

Average is $15/day for food, $10 for lodging, for a cheap motel every week (most nights are free camping or warmshowers).
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I spent $1800 to thru-hike the AT. I felt like a bum and looked like a skinny hobo when I finished. Since I have begun to tour by bike, I've discovered in myself that I like my comfort and security... which comes at a price. I'm planning on one long tour a year plus several week-long tours. So far, I've only been able to do week-long tours, but I'm doing all the math for the Southern Tier and its going to cost me an arm and a leg...or two. I should probably look into Warm Showers, but this old xenophobic Yankee just hates the idea of imposing on strangers. Still, THE GREAT LAW of karma states that what you get out of something is exactly equal to what you put into it. Wish I could allay my fears.
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I think in the US, about $1,000 per month is a pretty good basis for camping comfortably. A decent hotel once a week is nice, so add that on top of the $1,000 depending on what level of hotel you desire. You can stay on a cheap motel for $50 or a decent hotel for $80-100 depending on where you are. You can definitely do it on less than $1,000/month with warm showers and free camping if youíre in an area to do that and if you donít mind keeping things really cheap. I like to eat in a restaurant some and get a bomber or cheap bottle of wine a lot of evenings, so for me the $1,000 is the pricepoint Iím in. If you want to do hotels and restaurants all the time, the sky is the limit on that budget. In Central and South America you can eat more cheaply and free camping was no problem in the areas Iíve been. Southeast Asia is dirt cheap for cooked meals and lodging. You can get a full mealís worth of street food for a dollar or two, and a place to stay for $10. I havenít bike toured in Europe, but from what I saw visiting and what Iíve read, itís more expensive that the US.
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You will have to decide if you want to sleep indoors or in a tent? If a tent, in a designated campground with a fee or on govt lands somewhere or maybe trespassing? If indoors are you relying on the generosity of others or Motel 6, or maybe the Hilton? Do you want to cook your own food or eat food others cooked, or some percentage of each? And if cooked by others, McDonalds or some multi-Michelin star restaurant?

Your question was specific to countries, but I suspect you will mostly get USA answers here.

I spent almost a month in Iceland in summer of 2016, cost excluding air fare was probably about $1600 for just under a month, mostly camping but stayed in HI hostels about 20 percent of the time, mostly campsite cooking but about 5 to 10 percent of my meals were cooked by others. All camping was in designated campgrounds with a fee (and usually free showers). This cost estimate was all expenses except air fare, shuttle bus rides, taxis, costs for my bike and camping gear, etc. Cost of souvenirs was probably about $50.
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Originally Posted by FlippinFlags
This questions is more for those who have been on or currently on longer tours.

What countries are you touring?

Where are you sleeping?

What are you spending per month?
Countries: Canada, Australia, Taiwan, Japan, UK, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, France, USA

Sleeping: Campgrounds of various sorts, B&Bs, Cabins, Hotels, Motels, Hostels.

Spending: It depends. It varies widely.


Also, some of the cost includes flights, trains, ferries, and sightseeing (museums, tours, etc.).

There's also the cost of food.

And insurance.

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Originally Posted by FlippinFlags
What...?

Where....?
What...?

too many variables, i mean, like, all of them.

be more specific about what you want to know, other than everything.


where are YOU wanting to tour?
what kind of touring do YOU plan to do?
what comfort level do YOU desire?
what is YOUR budget?
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I spent $1800 to thru-hike the AT. I felt like a bum and looked like a skinny hobo when I finished. Since I have begun to tour by bike, I've discovered in myself that I like my comfort and security... which comes at a price. I'm planning on one long tour a year plus several week-long tours. So far, I've only been able to do week-long tours, but I'm doing all the math for the Southern Tier and its going to cost me an arm and a leg...or two. I should probably look into Warm Showers, but this old xenophobic Yankee just hates the idea of imposing on strangers. Still, THE GREAT LAW of karma states that what you get out of something is exactly equal to what you put into it. Wish I could allay my fears.
I also switched from thru-hiking to thru-biking after finishing the Triple Crown of US hiking (trail name "Garlic"). Thru-hiking routinely cost me $1000/month. I was a little surprised to find that biking was cheaper. Many towns on the trails, like in the Sierra Nevada, Summit County Colorado, and New England are pretty expensive. They're easier to avoid on a bike, I think. I used the "near-o" tactic on the bike, too. The warmshowers network helps.

I like your characterization of going cheap on the AT. I spent 3.5 months hiking the AT in 2008, cost was $3500 but that included travel to and from, and replacement gear. I did not skimp on lodging and meals. I was in my fifties with a credit card, so some comfort and security was affordable. And I'd already hiked the PCT and CDT, so I had a lot of experience taking care of myself on long hikes.

I started using warmshowers on my last XC tour. I hosted a couple of times first, so I got some good reviews and karma points. I have hosted many more times than I've been a guest by now. I was a guest roughly once a week on tour. Because of that, I often went a couple of weeks without paying for lodging. But I sure enjoy paying it back as a host. I've never had a bad or even questionable experience with WS. And it sounds like you have the right attitude about it, not to take advantage.
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I spent around a dollar a mile on the AT back in 1997 when I thru-hiked. Now on the bike I spend much less. 8500 mile trip in 2015 I spent less than $1500, in 75 nights out, all states east of the Rockies. I stealth camp and the only money I spend is on food or bike parts.
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England this May/June.
10 days of "credit card" touring
Daily averages.
$70 room
$23 dinner w/ beer
$5 afternoon beer
$12 lunch
$4 road snacks
$7 transport (train fare for a couple trips, averaged per day)
$6 entrance fees to tourist stuff
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$127 per day

Man, UK is expensive!
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I don't remember, .... 20 years ago and longer.. pre EU currency union .
Guilders Punts GB pounds DM PL Zloty CZ crowns all had different rates of exchange..

spent some time on a intentional community in Scotland, that ran workshops,
and fed the participants ..
helped out , thereby covering cost of living; food, shelter, etc.
so that was both fun and saved costs..
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$1,120.78. Hope that helps.
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$1,120.78. Hope that helps.
Would could save some money by cutting your synthetic towel in half instead of buying a new, smaller one.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Would could save some money by cutting your synthetic towel in half instead of buying a new, smaller one.
If I cut them in half for touring, and then sew back together for civilian life, I could trim the budget a bit. Iíll start doing that!
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Ah, but then you have to factor in the cost of thread And needles! Since micro-fiber is synthetic, maybe you could just use your current camp stove to melt the towel seams back together.
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USA Portland to Portland 2017
Total cost $10,180 for two people
Average cost: $115.69/day or $57.84/day for each of us
Lodging: 39 camping, 33 motel, 3 B&B, 13 hostel/church
88 days, 8,846k/5,497miles

Europe - Norway to Istanbul 2018
Total cost: $12,936
Cost per day: $118.60 (just one person on this trip)
Lodging: 51 motel, 31 commercial campground, 20 free camping, 5 hotel, 2 cabin
109 days 9,832k/6,109miles
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We are at the motel/restaurant/credit card stage of touring life. Costs seem to average out at $100. for lodging nightly and ~$60. a day on food for two. We tour mostly in the western USA.
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