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Category: Money

Nicaragua part 1: Purchasing power parity and the misty morning mistress

5/20/19 – 5/27/19 “She’s all yours if you want her.” “Come again?” “What’s mine is yours, you know” “We’re just cooking breakfast.” “Alright my man, scramble those eggs.” Derek was from Chicago.  He had a small house in Granada with an extra room for rent.  I’d met him at a bar and mentioned I was Read More

Expenses to Date

It is not all fun and games.  I spent today doing taxes.  It gave me an opportunity to check how we were doing as far as expenses go.  We are a hair above our average monthly budget for the whole trip, but it has been dropping since we got into Mexico.  I expect it to Read More

July Expenses

Here is a summary of our expenses for July.  I won’t post these every month, but perhaps whenever we enter a new place and it seems interesting to do so.  We were significantly above our initial budget, although Alaska and the Yukon are likely to be some of the most expensive places that we go Read More

Simple gear list for your first tour

I recently added a budget page to the site.  When we initially began planning this trip, we worked the finances out on the back of a napkin.  Surprisingly (or not surprisingly if you know my ability to SWAG) once I put everything into a spreadsheet our napkin turned out to be spot on.  I also Read More

Logistics: Shipping to Alaska from Utah

Getting our bikes to Alaska is a bit of a trick. The simplest way to go about it is to just ship them straight to Homer. But when we first looked into this, we got quotes ranging from $250 to $1,000 per bike.  We are shipping two bikes and a box of gear, so that Read More

Driving an unregistered car in Utah and obtaining a pedicab license in Detroit

I have to give it to the state of Utah for amazing efficiency in government. The irony is that Utahns hate the government. Pretty sure it goes back to The Utah War of 1857. It was a relatively uneventful skirmish, but apparently there are still some ruffled feathers. The expediency with which they execute the Read More