Cost to Drive the Americas

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What’s an epic drive like this cost? Here is our answer. This is truly every penny we spent from start to finish. (figures in USD)
28 countries, 59,734 miles, 525 days on the road, and 371 nights spent in the bus

1958 Volkswagen Panelvan (restored) 13,600    
engine, transmission, brakes, safaris 5,400    
camper kit build 2,100    
  sep 2007 oct 2007 nov 2007 dec 2007
gas 439.55 229.47 549.40 178.27
vw expenses 231.05 231.87 109.87 5.44
camping 31.00 0.00 164.22 154.18
hotels/hostels 579.08 151.70 579.50 0.00
food 262.15 285.88 622.04 557.17
border fees 6.00 0.00 75.91 0.00
other 172.50 496.03 559.04 518.99
  1,721.33 1,394.95 2,659.98 1,414.05
  jan 2008 feb 2008 jun 2008 jul 2008
gas 241.45 229.09 288.05 1,441.26
vw expenses 98.67 0.00 0.00 97.27
camping 340.00 294.55 124.22 264.28
hotels/hostels 108.55 127.27 0.00 143.19
food 610.50 552.78 384.87 1,249.38
border fees 0.00 0.00 198.00 0.00
other 359.20 292.64 492.80 315.80
  1,758.37 1,496.33 1,487.94 3,511.18
Note: March-May in Oregon waiting for warmer weather to take off for Alaska
  aug 2008 sep 2008 oct 2008 nov 2008
gas 1,174.38 549.97 496.71 323.86
vw expenses 137.06 1,247.99 42.46 6.40
camping 206.85 144.94 336.02 100.67
hotels/hostels 153.83 0.00 170.34 499.23
food 761.78 434.24 712.59 777.36
border fees 0.00 0.00 110.59 124.81
other 1,818.39 449.03 477.42 250.13
  4,252.29 2,826.17 2,346.13 2,082.46
  dec 2008 jan 2009 feb 2009 mar 2009
gas 214.34 317.50 315.94 737.18
vw expenses 182.64 198.52 458.23 51.49
camping 168.73 103.48 107.55 210.49
hotels/hostels 540.61 477.44 444.34 197.25
food 820.86 628.56 466.92 724.29
border fees 37.56 1.00 0.00 23.24
other 2,956.85 309.33 495.21 288.45
  4,921.59 2,035.83 2,288.19 2,232.39
Dec: shipping the bus from Panama City to Colombia totaling $2616: container and Panama port fees $1305, airfare for us $435, hotel ten nights $502, Colombia port fees $374
  apr 2009 may 2009 jun 2009 jul 2009
gas 511.20 267.37 1,009.17 808.88
vw expenses 216.44 279.50 28.21 302.60
camping 124.16 131.43 602.72 662.14
hotels/hostels 430.96 0.00 0.00 953.19
food 642.33 277.77 1,098.66 1,047.93
border fees 0.00 0.00 10.86 0.00
other 5,611.57 553.78 571.45 4,272.85
  7,536.66 1,509.85 3,321.07 8,047.59
Apr: cargo ship from Argentina to Germany totaling $4795: RORO bus shipment $932, cabin for two $3496, wire fee $67, Brazil visas $300
Jul: includes a side trip to Paris and flights to the U.S.
Total $58,844. Twenty months, $2,942 per month.
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5 Comments on “Cost to Drive the Americas”

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    1. They are just expenses that didn’t fall under any other categories. Airplane tickets, shipping, new computer or camera, etc.. See the notes below the months.

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