April 2018

US$

  • Auto Insurance $168
  • Gas & Fuel $377
  • Alcohol & Bars $179
  • Groceries $560
  • Restaurants $191
  • Health Insurance $252
  • Activities $0
  • Everything Else $387

Notes:

This is total $ for two persons!

NOTE:
Prices shown are in USD (we converted from CDN to USD using the actual exchange rate).

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March 2018

US$

  • Auto Insurance $168
  • Gas & Fuel $386
  • Alcohol & Bars $174
  • Groceries $615
  • Restaurants $136
  • Health Insurance $252
  • Activities $483
  • Everything Else $643

Notes:

This is total $ for two persons!

NOTE:
Prices shown are in USD (we converted from CDN to USD using the actual exchange rate).

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February 2018

US$

Sixth-Month-Expenses-(February-2018)

Notes:

This is total $ for two persons!

NOTE:
We’ve been in Canada most of the month, but the amounts shown are in USD.

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January 2018

US$

Vanlife-Actual-Cost-(fifth-month)

Notes:

This is total $ for two persons!

NOTE:
This month, we bought two Maxpass for a total of 1,550$. That will gives us access to over 44 mountains in North-America, 5 day tickets at each mountain.
https://www.themaxpass.com/

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December 2017

US$

Vanlife-Actual-Cost-(December-2017-Faroutride)

Notes:

This is total $ for two persons!

Van Improvements
Since we want to focus on typical travelling expenses, we deleted the category “Van Improvements” this month which is unusually high at 2000$ (!) because of the Propex installation, Maxtrax and other misc things too…

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November 2017

US$

Vanlife-Actual-Cost-November-2017

Notes:

This is total $ for two persons!

Groceries
734$ seems huge, but it comes to 12$ per person per day; not bad at all to eat 3 healthy meals a day! That’s like 2-3 Starbucks coffees…

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October 2017

US$

Vanlife Actual Cost - October 2017

Notes:

This is total $ for two persons!

Alcohol & Bars:
We LOVE Epic Brewing in SLC :)

Restaurants:
That includes almost 100$ of coffee shop… we really wanted to finish our Build Journal this month, so we spent a few days in a Coffee Shop consuming fancy coffees, sandwiches and free-wifi. (yes, we have unlimited data cell plan, but we needed to get out of the van!). So for those relying on coffee shop for their internet, the bill goes up FAST!!

Mobile Phone:
This month includes payment of September as well…

Van Improvements:
That includes the burner insert replacement in our Webasto heater AND the Mountain Bike Tire Inflator.

Web Hosting:
This is an annual payment.

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September 2017

US$

Faroutride-September-2017-Budget

Notes:

This is total $ for two persons!

Auto & Health Insurace:
We forgot to account it this month, check out October!

Groceries:
There might be a few wine bottles in there, soap, pharmacy items, etc, etc. It would be too labor-intensive to separate all of this…

Gas & Fuel:
We expect this to go down in the months to come, as we drove across the country in Sept.

Mobile Phone:
This will come down too! The price shown here includes the last payment for our Canadian cell phone carrier, as well as the deposit+account setup fees+jetpack of our new USA cell phone plan (Verizon).

Disclosure
Of course, expenses are influenced with what we do… so here is an article about our First Month on the Road: faroutride.com/first-month

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ABOUT US

Hello! We’re Isabelle and Antoine, a couple dreaming of being on the move and we’re seeking for the ride of our life. We bought a Ford Transit van, converted it to a campervan, sold our house, quit our jobs and hit the road full-time to make our dream a reality. We are sharing this in hope of inspiring and helping others to follow their dreams too!

17 comments

  1. Comment by Patrick

    Patrick Reply May 17, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    Does your car insurance covers any of the material or labor costs you put into the van?

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply May 18, 2018 at 9:36 am

      It does.
      Except it doesn’t cover the labor; it covers what they think the van is worth for on the market (regardless of how much labor time we put on the van).

      But the way it’s calculated seems to varies with insurer. You’re gonna have to make many phones calls 🙂
      (we’re from Quebec, Canada, that’s were our insurer is based)

      antoine

  2. Comment by Frank

    Frank Reply May 6, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    Thanks!

  3. Comment by Ryan

    Ryan Reply May 1, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Hey it looks like these updates have stopped at February? I thought I saw some more recent ones uploaded previously. Maybe a cache problem?

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply May 1, 2018 at 2:35 pm

      Sorry we’re late but we’re working on it!! Will add February too!

  4. Comment by Jason

    Jason Reply December 14, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Thanks for the info!! My wife and I are planning on embarking on a similar trip in July. One of our biggest hangups at this point is health insurance. While the ACA made some things easier originally, lack of support and enforcement has made it pretty expensive in our state. Can you elaborate on what you do for health insurance? Did you use the .gov marketplace?

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply December 14, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      Hi Jason,
      we’re from Quebec so our travel health insurance is just complementary to our FREE healthcare system. I’m afraid our situation is very diffenrent than yours so we’re not much help here!

      Good luck!

  5. Comment by Wes Greenwood

    Wes Greenwood Reply November 28, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Hey guys!

    Did you have any issues setting up a cell phone plan with Verizon? Did you go with a prepaid plan? How’s it working for you?

    Just looking at options right now for our travels as we are cancelling our Canadian cell plans soon!

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply November 30, 2017 at 8:05 am

      We went with the Beyond Unlimited Verizon Plan (it’s not prepaid). First 22gb is 4G, then we get throttled. We’re allowed to tether 15gb (create wifi from our phone to get internet on our laptop), then tether speed is slowed down to 600kps (it’s slow). We also got a JetPack: for 20$ per month, that gives us an additional 15gb to tether. This way, if Isabelle go ride her bike alone we can communicate (I have the phone, she has the Jetpack which feed wifi to her phone).
      – We went to a Platsburg Verizon Shop, an hour later we had everything working.
      – We used our own Android phone (but any phone would work)
      – We had to provide a US address (we used our Kinek.com address; they’re not picky about that).
      – They have to check your credit score. For some reasons it didn’t work, so we had to pay a 200$ deposit on the Jetpack AND on the cell plan (so 400$ total); this amount will be refunded eventually.
      – Verizon has the best rural coverage in the states. But it will not work everywhere. You can check that on https://opensignal.com/networks

      Tip: If travelling long term in the USA, get a credit card based in the USA. While most bank in Canada offers US bank account, they’re not based in USA. RBC is the only bank that has a branch in the USA and therefore the only bank that has a TRUE US account. We went to a RBC branch near our home and they arranged that for us.

      That’s it!!
      Cheers!

  6. Comment by Mark

    Mark Reply November 17, 2017 at 1:02 am

    I stumbled upon your site looking to insrall a swivel seat for my newly acquired Honda Element. Impressive and informative blog!! You are doing the public who have interest in this lifestyle a very large favor! Hopefully the favor will be repaid! A sprinter is on the list for me down the road. I’m unaware of your itinerary but if you find yourself in Santa Cruz, CA and need a spot to rest, or a friendly usher to a local pub at the very least, please feel free to drop a line. Oddly enough, before reading your bio, you reminded me of some friends here- who are engineers, avid riders, but from BC ; ) All the best on your adventures!

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply November 17, 2017 at 10:48 am

      Thanks Mark, we’ll do California coast for sure, we just don’t know when exactly. But thanks for the offer!! 🙂
      Have a great day!

  7. Comment by Simon

    Simon Reply October 26, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    Thanks for sharing, I think the world would be a better place if people were more comfortable sharing honest financial information. Oh, the blog rocks.

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply October 26, 2017 at 11:02 pm

      We hesitated at first, but now that we shared, we don’t see a reason to hide our expenses.
      Glad you like the site! 🙂

      antoine

  8. Comment by Julie

    Julie Reply October 8, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Pretty accurate. Obviously more if you tend to stay in more campgrounds. We buy annual national park passes in Canada and the US. Lucky if your van maintenance stays this low! ours did not a 1990 Vanagon Westfalia)… also car insurance? Some people get health insurance (we do sometimes, when spooked after hearing stories of fellow Canadians who have had a freak accident in the US). If you plan to travel into Mexico there are tourist and vehicle fees and car insurance. Lots of costs not considered generally when folks plan to travel this way.

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply October 8, 2017 at 7:13 pm

      You’re right, we forgot to include car/health insurance in our september report; we won’t forget it next time, we promise!

      It’s all good insights, thanks!

  9. Comment by Bruce

    Bruce Reply October 6, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    This is great – you guys are brave to put this out there… don’t think I would be totally honest about my spending. Of the two big trips I’ve taken – out west for 3 months in my car, and hiking the AT – it took a couple of months to finally find the right rhythm. You guys are smarter than me, so I doubt it will take you as long.

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply October 6, 2017 at 5:17 pm

      We hesitated a lot to make it public, but what the heck. Someone had to do it 😉

      You’re right about the rhythm: the first month was good, but it keeps getting better and better. We’re still learning a lot about each other and how to enjoy ourselves!

      Cheers!

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