Initially at the inception of our trip we picked a random figure out the sky that we thought was a fair amount of cash that was needed to complete such an epic trip. That figure was £30,000. This figure wasn’t really based on any facts but seemed ‘about right’ for the task at hand. The figure also seemed achievable over the 18 months prior to our proposed departure date considering the sad state of our bank balances.
Using the worldwide diesel price website as a guide we planned a route dictated by the price of diesel. After some complicated sums involving distance estimating, fuel consumption and route planning we revealed that the rough expense of travelling one mile was around 25p. This became ‘the adventure mile’ and a comparative cost measurement for every temptation and a great way to save; do you want to drink a beer or travel 12 adventure miles?
Once we’d completed the maths it seemed our initial figure of £30,000 was not too far off the mark. Using Google Earth we worked out our route to be about 61,000 miles, multiple this by 25p (the adventure mile) and you get £15,250. Over the 800 days that estimates out at about £19 a day. As you can tell by that figure it is clear our trip isn’t a luxurious round the world affair. £19 a day is totally feasible as we sleep in the car every night and rarely eat in restaurants.
This left us £14,750 to spend on the car and admin (insurance, carnet, visas, shipping, etc). The car and all our equipment came in at about £9,000 leaving just under 6 grand for the boring stuff (admin). We decided this was a little short as shipping was really expensive, a little route re-thinking and problem solved.
This breakdown is clearly quite basic but in hindsight with 14,543 miles under our belt our initial estimation seems to be working out pretty good, ideally an extra £10,000 would be good to cover any unforeseens, but so far so good; the adventure mile is a good guide.
If you want a much more succinct budget breakdown for a similar trip to ours check out this website.
Trans World Expedition