May Expense Report

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. 

May Expenses:

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

2 thoughts on “May Expense Report

  1. It appears you’ll be on IOM for the last two days of racing. If you get a chance visit my favorite corner, Creg-ny-Baa.
    I’ve never been to IOM but I love that name! (Ballacraine runs a close second.)
    Have fun Pat!

    • I’ll be up on the way up the mountain very near the halfway point on the course (Ballaugh Bridge) for Wednesday’s Supersport, Lightweight, and Zero (Electric bike) races, then hopefully over near Creg-ny-Baa on Friday for the sidecars and Senior TT, subject to change at a moment’s notice.

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