what we spent: month five

budget: £30 GBP / $50 USD per day 

total budget: £930 / $1550

total spent: £1031 / $1724

avg. daily spend : £33 / $56

all costs are for two people. 

days on budget: 16%

days under budget: 45%

   days over budget: 39%


Mexico has many wonderful things: music around every corner, delicious street-food and wonderful beaches. One thing it does not have however is cheap long-distance transport. On one journey, we spent £92.70, more than triple our daily budget.

As we were moving around often, we tried to save money wherever possible - taking the slower and cheaper buses, travelling overnight to save the cost of a room - but the price of transport was the sole factor in us missing budget.  The cheap food and accommodation on offer did however let us reduce costs elsewhere this month. 

We also splurged a little more often than usual on eating out this month, given that we were in the culinary capital of Mexico - Oaxaca. In a few months, when our diet consists solely of rice and beans, we definitely won't regret this!


total: £361 / $603

Avg. cost per double room: £11.6 / $19

most expensive: £15.9 / $26.5

Cheapest: £9.1 / $15

accommodation: 35%


total: £293 / $490

most expensive: £92.7 / $155

Morelia to Oaxaca City (two buses)

cheapest: £7.7 / $12.9

Barra de Nexpa to Maruata (one bus)

transport: 28%


total: £104 / $174

most expensive: £12.5 / $21

cheapest: £2.2 / $3.6

eating out: 10.1%


total: £80 / $134

Finally, we got the percentage below 10%!

alcohol: 7.8%


total: £86 / $160

Taking advantage of street-food, we didn't spend quite as much on groceries this month.

groceries: 8.3% 


total: £42 / $70

sweets & treats: 4.1%


total: £28 / $47

The damn sun-screen did it again!

toiletries: 2.7%


total: £35.5 / $59

activities: 3.4% 


Total: £0 / $0

crossing borders: 0%