21.12.2011 - 21.12.2011
We did a bit of a check today to see if we should maybe be planning to be back by Easter, because we will run out of money, rather than in August as planned. As it turns out we are actually just a bit over budget and there are some good explanations on why we went a bit over (Just to be clear, this means we're good to go until August!). The original estimate of the first 20 days of our trip, including the flight out, was $3,190 for both of us total while the actual cost was $3,450. This means we are about $250 over budget, however when we did our estimates we forgot to take into account the increased costs of the Christmas season. The $3,450 figure includes Christmas presents and also the increased rates that hotels charge during this season.
The good news is that we originally planned to fly from Belize to Nicaragua, which would have been $300 each, while we are now going to be taking a bus from Antigua Guatemala to Managua for only $100 each. This means that we should hopefully be back under budget by next week. The bad news is that we are likely to go right back over budget shortly after. The Nicaragua budget per day for both of us is $70 which would normally be very possible, but unfortunately during the Christmas break and New Years all hotel rates double. This means that instead of paying $30 a night for a room we will be paying $60 that week. This leaves only $10 per day for everything else which is clearly impossible. However, I'm sure in the end it will all even out.
I also wanted to put the $3,450 figure in perspective. That's approx. $600 per person per week. This is less than even the cheapest Cuba all-inclusive you can find. Let's also remember that this $600 includes ALL excursions, trips, meals, drinks, presents, transportation and accommodations. I am also pretty sure the food we're eating is better than all but the most expensive resorts. I love backpacking