One-Month Budget Breakdown
Today marks exactly four weeks since I started traveling from Wichita. I’ll be honest. I haven’t kept to my budget, and San Diego was among some of the worst of my budget overloading. So, how does everything stack up?
Arizona (Two weeks) – Prescott, Grand Canyon, Phoenix
Local Transportation: $79.64 (Gas, Shuttle from Prescott to Phoenix, Bus/Metro)
Miscellaneous: $36.06 (Coffee, Bought quick-dry towel)
Total: $322 ($47 over budget – I spent too much on food, but I wanted to be nice to my Couchsurfing host. I took him out to Thai on our second night.)
Los Angeles Area (9 days) – Los Angeles, Orange County, Ojai
Local Transportation: $41 (Train to Ventura, Gas)
Total: $204.38 ($23.12 under budget)
San Diego County (5 days) – San Diego, La Jolla
Miscellaneous: $44.15 (Hostel, Coffee)
Total: $209.87 ($83.87 over budget – Again, I spent too much on food. I went to mid-priced places for lunch every day in San Diego.)
Grand Total: $736.25
So, how does this compare to me living on my own in Louisville? I spent $525 a month in rent while living in Clarksville (across the river from downtown Louisville). I spent about $120 a month on groceries, maybe $60 going out and an average of $60 on electricity. That totals to $765, nearly $30 more than a month traveling.
Utilizing family and Couchsurfing hosts 99% of the time has helped keep this budget extremely low. If you’re planning to travel the United States, I would definitely utilize your contacts or Couchsurfing to avoid the hotel, hostel costs.