Summary of Cash Flow
13.09.2012 15 °C
When we started planning this trip, we did the usual thing and scoured the net for info on how much things would cost, but didn't find much. So in an effort to best manage our limited funds, and based on the info that we could find, Paul put together a budget (that ended up being not too far off the mark), along with a timeline that really helped us with keep track of where we were and where we had to go etc.
For anyone thinking of doing the same sort of trip we thought we would share some of our planning -
Timeline (The blue line is the actual - the others were forecasts at various times during the trip - the light blue areas show us when and where various music festivals were, just in case we wanted to check any of them out)
We would highly recommend putting a lot of effort into planning and keeping track of where your money goes, even if you want to decide where you go on the fly, it really helps if you know your limitations.
It should be noted that we ate very cheap, cooking 90% of our own meals, and we spent a large amount of time either free-camping, or at camperstops (cheap version of a camp ground, and only for motorhomes i.e. no tents) - probably around 40% of the time. We also spent very little on souvenirs and junk, and spent a lot of time finding free sights, activities, walking tours and other budget options.
Also, the above does not take into account the return from the sale of our van which we estimate should be close to what we paid for it initially.
It is all very basic, but we hope it helps anyone who wants to tackle Europe in a van.