I’ve got a couple hours to kill while waiting for new brakepads┬áto be put on my car, and figured I should check in on my finances. So, how has the slower moving travelling impacted the budget so far? Pretty well actually.

In┬á2 months I’ve spent $4500NZD (roughly $3700CAD), for everything. That includes $2000 for my car alone,┬áwhich I hopefully will be able to recoup most of the money for, so the actual ‘travel’ expenses has been a more┬áreasonable $2500NZD, or roughly $50/day. That still is quite a bit higher than what I’d like to see (since it would come to over $18,000/year, when my ideal is closer to $12,000NZD), but a lot of that still includes initial costs that I paid out in Auckland – setting up cell phone ($40), setting up internet ($80), car insurance ($150), etc. After my first 10 days in Auckland, I’ve spent a much more reasonable $1500($30/day = $11,000!)┬á. The highest consistent cost? Gas – around $650 worth┬áso far. I’ve done nearly 3200km on my car already, so that adds up quickly. Adding in the, so far, expected maintenance (tires and brakes), it’s been well over $1K of car related expenses.┬áStill, I wouldn’t hesitate to buy a car again given the option to go back and have the choice between my own car or using buses. ┬áThe car is just SO much more convenient to see everything, and the amount of hikes I’ve done along already number probably well over 25 that I never would have been able to do without access to a vehicle. New Zealand just begs to be explored – a car allows that.

Here’s a pretty pie chart, initial car cost removed:


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