June 5, 2016
May was the most expensive month of my trip so far, and not surprisingly as I once again had air shipping of the bike included. Bike crating & airfreight, my plane ticket to London, and broker fees to clear customs accounted for 60% of my total monthly expenses. I also had another safari tour in May, which was a big bite of the budget, though nothing compared to shipping the bike.
For the Africa portion of May, my gas, food and lodging averaged $29.68 per day. For the UK portion of May, my gas, food and lodging averaged $83.67 per day. While fuel, food, and lodging are all more expensive in the UK than Africa, the biggest difference was the three days I spent in a hotel near London Heathrow waiting for the bike to arrive. Those three nights lodging were equal to the entire rest of the month’s lodging expense. A shining example of why I planned early on to spend very little time in Europe, Australia, and the U.S.
Gas: $164.15 ($49.95 first 23 days of May — pre-UK)
Food: $547.96 ($361.42 first 23 days of May)
Lodging: $653.84 ($265.20 first 23 days of May)
Daily Average Gas/Food/Lodging: $44.07
Shipping, Airfare, Crating, Brokerage: $2929.53