Nicaragua Financial Summary

Total Money Spent: $504.66

Total Days Spent: 12

That comes to $42.16 per day or $21.13 per person per day.  So we were again over our $15 per person per day budget, but this is because we splurged on a lot more activities than normal when Steve was here, and we bought one super-expensive bus ticket.

Transportation was our biggest expense, but this includes the $70 we spent for a cross-border bus from Nicaragua, through Honduras, and into El Salvador at the end of our time.  Take that away and the number would be lower.  Local “chicken buses” are really cheap in Nicaragua, around $2 per hour of travel.

Activities were the second-most-expensive category, which is rare for us.  But we had a friend traveling with us and wanted to show him lots of adventures.  So this included volcano boarding, surfing, and ziplining!  All really fun and really worth it!

Lodging was next to nothing again.  We only paid for a hostel one night with all the review-writing opportunities we were offered!

Nicaragua’s currency is the Cordoba.  $1=23 Cordobas.

Colombia: Financial Summary

How Much $$$ Did We Spend in Colombia?

Here’s a little summary of our time in Colombia to help you see how much $ we spent on our extremely budget style of travel.

Days in Colombia: 21

Total Money Spent: $629

So we spent an average of $14.98 per person per day, pretty much exactly on target with our overall budget for the trip!

Here’s a pretty pie chart breakdown for you!

Sorry that some of the slices are the same color...we´re not very good at Excel but we´re working on it!

And some more details for the curious:

Transportation:  This is by far the biggest since we moved around a lot and buses are on the more expensive side in Colombia.  (Average about $2-3 per hour of travel.)  You can bargain for long-distance bus tickets, so never settle for the original quoted price!  This is mostly for long-distance buses, although we did take taxis frequently, especially to get to our accomodations when we were just arriving in a place and loaded down with luggage.

Food: What can I say, you gotta eat!  We mostly stuck to cheaper local food though, and only splurged a handful of times.  We were also generously fed by Couchsurfing hosts and at the farm where we stayed.

Lodging:  I’m really proud of how little we spent on lodging.  We only stayed in 3 hostels for a total of 6 nights in our entire time in Colombia.  We Couchsurfed twice and WWOOFed for an entire week, which saved us a lot!

Activities:  We saved a lot here by being picky about what touristy things we did.  Most of our fun comes from cheaper things like hiking, walking around a new city, and just chatting with locals.  We can’t do very many expensive tourist activities on our budget, but that’s okay!

Shopping:  We didn’t buy anything, basically.  We’re waiting for cheaper countries like Peru and Bolivia to pick up souvenirs.

Hygeine/Medical:  You have to pay for most public bathrooms in Colombia.  It´s usually less that $.50, but I have a really small bladder.  When you gotta go, you gotta go!

1 USD=approximately 1850 COP (Colombian pesos).  Just in case you cared.