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THE ROUTE
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THE CREW
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THE VEHICLE
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THE GEAR
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THE FINANCES
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Panamerican Actual Expenses
(compiled by Jeff Willner)

For this budget I did have the advantage of knowing the terrain and having a budget from the previous trip. It was different from the Around-the-World budget in several ways. Instead of purchasing Carnet insurance (indemnity) we opted to write a cheque to the Canadian Automotive Association as a deposit. This has the advantage that we got the money back at the end of the trip (on my last trip I didn't have enough spare cash to tie it up as a deposit). I also explicitly charged depreciation - though it was at a very low rate (commercial 4x4 rental runs $100-200/day). This was an easier method than having to wrangle with the crew to cover repairs.

This budget understates true expenses because I used a lot of equipment from previous trips including the satellite phone, camping equipment, tools, and emergency first aid kit. I replaced all the tires. Despite having a service check, the Land Rover broke down twice on the trip which caused major inconvenience. Next time I will replace all the rubber before setting off (belts and hoses), even if they look fine.

Shipping to South America for 3 months of driving would have been economical. However, my wife and I got unexpectedly pregnant and had to cut down our trip, there were breakdowns, and the rest of the crew took a 4 week 'vacation' in the middle of their 3 month stint. So we each ended up with 5 weeks of driving - which made this trip expensive. Therein lies the problem with a vehicle-based trip. If the vehicle breaks or you have an accident, you need to have room in the budget.

Originally intended to cost about $6,000 per person, the trip ended up costing my wife and I about $8,000US each.

Panamerican Expedition
$US
Up front Costs
Budget
Actual
 Notes
Double Indemnity (Carnet insurance)

$1,360

 $0
 n/a - deposit left with CAA, returned at trip end
CAA Carnet fee

$497

 $280
 Canadian Automotive Assoc. (CAA) fees
Satellite phone
$500
 $0
 Phone from previous trip used
Vehicle Insurance
$800
 $1,272
 Purchased from Alexander Forbes Tel 020 74881388 (recommended by Foley)
Depreciation
$2,400
 $1,800
 $600/month ($20 per day)
Camping Kit
$200
 $93
 Lamps, chair, containers (used old expedition equipment)
Spares/Tires
$600
 $977
Service and new tires (x6) 
Shipping
$4,000
$6,090
Toronto to Guayaquil (Ecuador), Punta Arenas (Chile) to Toronto
Total - 4 people
$9,857
$10,512
 
       
Variable Costs, 6 weeks
Budget
Actual
 Notes
Hotel
$1,000
$2,587
Primarily 3-5 star hotels
Gas
$750
$725
 
Transportation
$100
$112
Taxi, toll, ferry, parking
Food
$800
$725
 
Repairs
$200
$3,250
$650 Guayaquil repair, $2,600 Cylinder head rebuild after trip (fan belt snapped and engine overheated)
Incidentals
$175
$137
Medications, doctors
Visas
$240
$200
 
Airfare
$4,000
$4,217
Toronto to Guayaquil, Buenos Aires to Toronto
Gifts
$400
 
Entertainment
$800
$194
Park fees, museums
Other
$0
$283
Flat bed truck to take Land Rover from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
Total - 2 people
$8,465
$12,430
Driving 6 weeks through Peru, Chile, Argentina

 

 

 

 

Copyright January 1999-2011
All rights reserved - Jeff Willner
Contact: jeffwillner@yahoo.com