Updated on August 5, 2014
Updated on August 5, 2014
A little more than a year ago our lease was drawing to an end in a cute little town house in Charlottesville, VA. We knew we couldn’t continue paying the rather steep rent so we had two options. Find a cheaper place was the obvious plan A. But…plan B was a bit riskier. We believed that since my income was just about enough to cover our rent, we would be in the same financial position as a nomadic couple with no stationary jobs, but also no stationary house to pay rent on. We could travel on just Drew’s income if there was no rent to pay. So we made a goal.
From July 31 2013 to July 31 2014, could we spend the whole year living nomadically on no more than 20,000?
Well…that year is up. There were some unplanned things (of course…because we don’t make plans). For instance we invited Drew’s mom to travel with us in the end of October/beginning of November so we were paying for accommodations for 3 instead of two. And we took an opportunity to follow a mistake fare back to Europe with our friends.
But that’s a little bit irrelevant. We should budget for that.
So, how did we do?
Our total expenses came to $24,128.50, $4,128.50 more than our goal. In some ways I feel proud that we proved that a couple can spend a year traveling for no more than $24,128.50. That’s really not bad if we’re looking at it outside of our original goal. Not to mention that we saw 21 foreign countries throughout 4 continents and stayed at mostly 4 and 5 star accommodations throughout that year.
In other ways though, I feel a little disappointed. 🙁 We didn’t attain our goal. At one time, I know that we could have. We used to be the masters of frugality because we embraced the most rustic solutions to our needs. But now that we work on the road, we need internet. And we need to make sure our things aren’t stolen or we’re out of luck. No computer, no income. So we need to avoid some of the crazier tactics we may have used back in the day. Like living out of a cheap rental car. Or sleeping on the beach. That’s a little disheartening to realize that there are now limitations to how extremely we can dedicate ourselves to the most frugal choices.
But we are going to keep trying. We are going to give ourselves a chance to continue calculating and measure expenses within the calendar year of 2014. January 1 to January 1. I have a feeling this will be an on going experiment. We might have to keep trying. But as we keep trying, we’ll refine our strategies, and then we’ll share the lessons we’ve learned with you.
So now, with no further ado… a few stats from June & July…and the whole year.
|Tourist Attraction Total||$0|
|Food & Beverage Total||$118.80|
|Land Transit Total||$196.03|
|Air Transit Total||$357.21|
|Tourist Attraction Total||$22|
|Food & Beverage Total||$837.58|
|Land Transit Total||$596.17|
|Air Transit Total||$0||18,000 Avios
135,000 AA miles
Countries visited from July 31, 2013 to July 31, 2014 (in order):
Well…not sure what the remainder of 2014 has in store. Hopefully a visit to Ukraine to help my sister with her adoption.
Wish us luck everyone and thanks for following along!