Posted by: andrewedwardmorgan | February 11, 2009

Week 70 Stats (Cumulative Info)

Sunday 2/9/09 Buenos Aires!, Argentina

Week 70 Stats

Start city: Chacabuco, Argentina
End city: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Total distance traveled by bicycle: 155 miles
Days on the bike: 3
Average miles per day of riding: 51.7 miles
Longest day: 62 miles
Shortest day: 42 miles

Total money spent: $764.20 U.S.
Average spent per day: $109.17 U.S.
Most expensive day: $698 U.S.!! Eeeek! Plane tickets to South Africa ain’t cheap
Cheapest day: $4.80 U.S.

Total number of days since the start of the trip: 490
Total miles cycled to date: 10,619 !!
Total money spent to date: $7,739 U.S.
Average spent per day to date: $15.79
Number of big-ticket purchases represented in this dollar amount: Lots—1 transcontinental plane ticket, 1 inter-country round trip plane ticket, a new laptop, a new camera, a 5 day tourist sail from Panama to Colombia

For other cyclists out there planning a trip, don’t let this high dollar figure discourage you: It’s possible to travel much more cheaply than I have been traveling. I’d say $10 a day for North, Central, and South America would give you a comfortable trip without lots of worrying about budgeting.  To do it on $7 or $6 is possible with more budgeting.  Spending $15 or more per day on solely food and lodging on a ride through North, Central, and South America would be almost difficult–for example, in places like Peru, Ecuador, or Bolivia, you’d need to eat five or six meals a day at restaurants AND stay in nice-ish hotels to spend $15 or $20 a day in the countryside.  Because most bike trips are centered around countryside riding (since most of the world is covered with countryside instead of cities and urban sprawl), a long-term travel budget devoid of large purchases will reflect the countryside spending behavior of the bike traveler, not his/her city spending habits.  When planning a budget, plan on having lots of those $2 and $3 dollar days in the countryside when you don’t spend a lot simply because there are (blissfully so) few stores around.

Sorry to get so underline/bold crazy with the text above, but lots of would-be travelers scare themselves away from long-term travel because of unjustified finance fears.  I think it’s important to spread the word on this subject:  Long-term human-powered travel is cheap! What you pay for for one month of rent back home can give you 2 or 3 months (or more!) of traveliving if you choose to move under your own steam–be it by cycling, skateboarding, walking, running, rowing, etc.

Gone are the days of young people spending $30 or $40 a day to stay night after night in expensive hostels and restaurants.  For the conversation-seeking, experience-valuing traveler, social networking travel sites like CouchSurfing and Hospitality Club are turning hotels and hostels into fossilized institutions, travel relics of bygone eras.  The energizing, new-thought-spawning conversations that hostels foster can be had in the comfort of a local resident’s apartment or home, amidst a group of his/her friends, for 100% less than what a traveler would normally pay to stay in a hostel.  Continuing the conversation at a little hole-in-the-wall cafe or bar that’s filled with neighborhood residents—-what more does the traveler want?!

Nights spent camped out in public parks: 2
Nights spent camped out in the backyard of the horse farmer: 1
Nights spent in Manu’s apartment in BA: 4 (Manu is a friend of a friend from college)
Number of seconds I paused to think before pushing ‘Confirm’ on the South Africa plane ticket purchase: A few, but only a few
Amount of time spent rereading sections of The Glass Bead Game: A few hours
According to an NPR interview I listened to this week, number of Bruce Springstein songs in which the chorus is filled with the general message of the song while the verses are filled with imagery-loaded details: Every single song—it’s Springstein’s song ‘formula’
Free open air concerts attended in a public park in Buenos Aires: 2
Hours I waited in line to go to a drumming concert before being turned away at the door because the place was packed to the brim with young 20-somethings: 1.5
Number of people who decided to sit, chat, or dance in the streets to the drumming because they weren’t admitted to the concert: 200
Lunches with Pius and Stefan: 1
Average cost of an avacado in Buenos Aires: $1 U.S.
Cost of a coffee or tea: $1.50 U.S.


  1. I’ve been watching this blog for the last year and I’ve never commented but your travels have really been a good source of inspiration for my own. I’m 24 with no real idea of what to do but a desire to hop on my bike and ride right now. Thanks for all the pictures, stories and future ones to come.

  2. Hey, I was wondering if you could write about, or point me to a post about, like some of what you learned about long term bike touring? In South and Central America? Like, what’s one thing you really wish you had known before you started? What was the most critical tool or part you brought? What did you wish you had had? Did you get a lot of flats, or did you use some kind of puncture free brand? What kind of bike was that? And what did you think of the drivers in Latin America? Just from riding the bus down there I know some of those roads can be pretty wild! Finally, do you have an opinion on BOB trailers versus those new cargo bikes, like Xtracycle, for touring? (It looked like you had a BOB in your video.)

    Sorry if this has all been covered before, I only started following since Santiago.

    Cheers! And good job getting to BA!

  3. Hi Andrew,

    I just have to say you are truely an inspiration. As a fellow Cherokee graduate myself it is wonderful to see someone follow his dreams and do something they absolutlely believe in. I have been following you blog since day one and just have thoroughly enjoyed your travelog. I look forward to hearing about your adventures in Africa.


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