Hello all! My name is Brian and I'm a brand-new forum member and road tripper. You seem like a friendly lot, so I figured it was time to stop trolling the forums for information and finally make a post of my own! As these things usually go, I'm planning a road trip...
Since I was old enough to want to drive a car (not that long ago, at the young age of 22!), I've dreamed of taking a solo road trip across Canada. Well, I won't be accomplishing that lofty adventure, but I have a pretty sizeable trip planned for July 2009. I'm planning on departing from my hometown near Toronto, Ontario, Canada and making the trip out to Victoria, British Columbia. Well, rather, the end point will be Victoria. The trip itself is the adventure! I'm planning on taking some time out in every province along the way to see the sights and take in some local culture. Not to mention the writing and photography I'll be producing along the way!
If I'm totally off-base on anything, feel free to let me know! That's why I'm here, after all. Assuming I don't lose my job between now and then, I'll have roughly $13,000.00 saved up. Some equipment I need may be borrowed from friends, but I've tried to assume that help won't be available while figuring out my budget. That said, here are my estimates in Canadian dollars:
- I'm going to be buying a vehicle specifically for the trip, which means paying for only a month's worth of insurance. I don't have a need for a vehicle otherwise. I've estimated roughly $5000.00 for a road-worthy, dependable vehicle. Of course other costs, like emissions-testing and checkups/repairs could be added on here.
- Those I've spoken with who have taken the trip estimated their gas spending to be about $600 for a one-way trip. That said, their trip was a few years back and prices have risen since then. I was thinking roughly $2000 for a round trip, give or take based on sightseeing. Is this a reasonable figure?
- Since I plan on camping for 99% of my nights, I've been thinking about purchasing a new tent. The one I currently own won't stand up to more than a light drizzle and certainly not any high winds. According to my research, I'd be looking at about $200 for a decent one-person tent.
- I've found some decent camping stoves for about $150. Of course, this doesn't include the price of fuel. Is it worth it to buy one of the multi-fuel types?
- LED Lantern, roughly $40-$50. I'd really like to pick one of these up so that I can use it inside my tent.
- Finally, a first-aid-kit is something I'd definitely like to include. It's a necessity, even if just for my peace of mind. I've found some great kits for about $50.
- How much should I budget per day for food? I don't eat much and would mostly be relying on grocery-store food and my cooler. I took a guess and used $50 per day and came to a rough trip-long estimate of about $1000.
- Considering I want to do some sightseeing and whatnot, I figured another $1000 for entertainment wouldn't hurt.
Obviously there are some items I've left out of this list, either because I own them or have already considered them. The items I've listed come to a grand total of around $9440, which should fit easily into my budget.
Speaking of budget, it's worth mentioning that I'm a student living rent-free with easy, cheap transportation at home. Saving the money isn't going to be a problem.
Phew! That was a lot of typing. Do any of you experienced road trippers have any tips/budget suggestions you would like to share with me? I hope to be a regular presence on these forums as I plan my trip, and long after!