Our travel spending in July

It’s hard to believe we’ve been on the road for more than two months already. I guess it’s true what they say – time flies when you’re having fun!

As usual, in July I recorded our travel spending and I was happy to see that we’ve come in more than $240 under budget for last month.

I wish it was more, but I’m happy with that for the time being.

Carmen hiking in Michigan Double-Barrelled Travel

We had a lot of fun in July – this is me hiking in Michigan. Excuse the dorky clothing!

Total travel spendings

So the grand total of our travel spending was $2559.88. Seeing as our budget was $3,000, this was pretty good.

The most surprising thing for me is discovering that we’re spending significantly less than what we used to spend living in London.

Dave standing near a British phone box in Michigan Double-Barrelled Travel

Nope, we’re not back in London… this photo was taken in a small town in Michigan

So we’re travelling the world and spending LESS on living expenses.

Who would’ve thought!

In London, our rent was 1,200 pounds a month and with bills it was about 1,500 pounds. This is more than $2,290 a month, being spent just for the place we live.

Which is almost what our travel spending was this month touring the USA.

And I know what I’d rather be doing!

Dave and Carmen sleeping bear dunes Michigan Double-Barrelled Travel

We visited the Sleepy Bear Dunes in Michigan in July. It’s absolutely beautiful – we highly recommend it.

Improving on our spending

Annoyingly, we’re still spending loads of money on eating out – $778.47 was spent in July on dining.

But our alcohol bill has come down quite a bit, we only spent $69 on booze in July, compared to $245.75 in June.

One of the startling stats was that we only spent $35 on accommodation for the whole month.


I couldn’t believe it.

The old asylum near Traverse City Double-Barrelled Travel

We probably shouldn’t have lunch in this old asylum, because we couldn’t really afford it. But it’s in an old asylum! Too cool.

This was for two nights camping whilst we were moving between places. Thanks to house sitting and our press trip in Traverse City, we’ve really managed to save a lot of money there.

Expenses that annoyed me

The price we spent on attractions was much the same – $147.90 for the month.

The biggest expense in this was $63.60 to hire two bikes for the day to cycle the peninsula jutting out of Traverse City.

I must admit, I think this is the biggest rip off. For the same price you could hire a car.

We got our money’s worth though – we cycled nearly 45km that day! And the views from the peninsula were stunning.

Sleeping bear dunes view Double-Barrelled Travel

The peninsulas jutting out into Lake Michigan and their surrounds are beautiful

One of the other expenses that I’m annoyed about, was the extra money that we’ve had to spend on our car.

She was having trouble again (the coolant was leaking) and we had to take her into the mechanics to get fixed.

Then we also had to pay the bill for our car insurance, which was $300. So we ended up spending $541.05 on the car. She must be the most expensive second hand car in history!

The mouse on our computer broke so we had to spend $20 getting a new one and we also wasted money on bank fees and getting our hair cut. Dave’s hair grows like a weed so he had to get it cut again, and mine hadn’t been cut in about four months and DESPERATELY needed a trim.

But all in all, a good month.

Do you have any tips for how we could save money on our travels throughout August?

Summary of our spending in July:

















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About the author

Carmen has been nomadic since May 2013 and the co-founder of Double-Barrelled Travel. She loves experiencing new cultures and learning new languages. She is having the most fun when skiing down a mountain, scuba diving in the Caribbean or curled up with a good book.

6 comments on “Our travel spending in July”

  1. Rebecca Reply

    Hehehe! I’m sure you could hack at Dave’s hair with some kitchen scissors 🙂

    The photos from the peninsula look amazing – so that was definitely money well spent.

    I hope you have some fun places lined up for August!

    • Carmen Allan-Petale Reply

      I tried cutting his hair a few years back and he wasn’t very impressed with the results! He’s a bit fussy about his hair 😉
      The peninsula was great, we really enjoyed the bike ride even if it nearly killed us!
      We’re off to the Badlands and Mt Rushmore in South Dakota, followed by Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming this month – can’t wait 🙂

  2. Anwar Reply

    I routinely find that i spend so much less while traveling in a month than I do living back in the US. I would imagine even more so being from London! The photo looks nice though, even if the peninsula biking price was a ripoff

    • Carmen Allan-Petale Reply

      Yeah, we thought it might be cheaper to travel. It we were surprised by just how much!
      The more we travel, the more we realise how few possessions we really need too.
      Yeah, although the bike hire was expensive we had a lot of fun. Luckily the next place we’re house sitting at has four bikes for us to play with 🙂

  3. T.W. Anderson @ Marginal Boundaries Reply

    heheeh just wait until you get to some of the cheaper countries!

    I went from 3,000 USD a month in the U.S. (state of Colorado) back in 2007 and since January of 2008 I haven’t spent more than $800 a month in total expenses…lived in Bulgaria, Colombia and now Mexico…and yet I have the *exact same amenities and creature comforts*.

    Pretty groovy stuff 🙂

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