“How much does it cost to travel Mexico for nearly a year?” is a question I have never been asked…. Ever!
But I am not going to let that stop me sharing this hopefully useful information to fellow travels, who may not have known that they need to know this. Makes sense? Good. We shall begin.
On the road – Hiring a car in Mexico
So, how much does it cost to travel Mexico for 10 months?
The total cost: £9,347.54 or $13.783 US.
Our average cost per day per person – £16 or 24 USD
This is the cost for a couple. It includes one way flights to Mexico and 12 months travel insurance.
2 one way Flights London Gatwick – Cancun: £600 (Here’s how we found cheap flights)
12 months True Traveller Insurance – for Rob: £482.23 (I like doing more dangerous stuff)
12 months Flexicover Insurance – for Kellie: £240.00
Leaving in country spends of: £8,024.31 or $11,832 US
It sounds even better when I say per person we only spent £4000!
Here’s the figures (Included in the costs are a Visa run to Belize, as EU citizens are only allowed to stay in Mexico for 6 months. Full details and costs here)
We think in country spends of £8024.31 is pretty low figure, for nearly a years worth of travel, considering we didn’t really try and budget.
Why are the costs so low?
If you cannot be bothered reading the rest of this cost breakdown, we basically saved money by doing lots of house sitting.
However, if you are interested, here are a few more reasons why our costs are so low and few examples of costs:
Accommodation – £1045 total
I don’t feel accommodation is particular cheap in Mexico as compared to places like Thailand. We usually paid a minimum of £20 a night for hotels or Airbnb places when on the road. These were on the whole, nothing fancy.
We didn’t stay in hostels, this is because I get tired of enforced social situations rather quickly. I guess if you are less picky than me, you can search for cheap hostels, but I’m not going to lie I never even bothered looking.
The biggest saving – We cut our costs mainly by becoming house sitter extraordinaires. We spent 7.5 months house sitting.
- 3 months off the grid, with a private beach on one side and the jungle on the other.
- 3 months in the beautiful tourist Mecca of San Miguel De Allende.
- 6 weeks in the none touristy town of Patzcuaro, where the silly US Government advises you not to go.
House sitting fits us perfectly as we prefer to travel slowly, then mix it up with fast travel in-between assignments.
Transport – £782.70
Obviously we travelled slowly so weren’t tearing around the country, but I think Mexico is a pretty cheap place to travel by bus.
Local transport costs are extremely cheap – 10 pesos for collectivos (minibuses) which take you to local destinations and usually about 35 pesos for in town taxis.
Long distance – Whenever we travelled to new places, it was by coach. The coaches are extremely comfortable, and there are so many different companies in different areas it would be hard to name them all. This means that Mexico is an extremely easy country to navigate without a car.
ADO is a great budget option to get you started.
Groceries – £1984
We love to cook, so saved lots of money by eating in, and visiting the markets to pick cheap, local ingredients. Also Kellie has been ill with parasites for so long, it became a bit of a nightmare eating out, there was rarely anything on the menu she could stomach. The cost also includes toiletries and other household supplies.
Food out – £1474
In Mexico if you want to eat cheap you can easily.
£1.30 to £2.60 (30-60 pesos) – Tacos, empanadas etc. But I eat a lot, so would have to buy shed loads to keep me full.
£8 to £12 (200-300 pesos) – around this for an evening meal or dinner for two people. We don’t drink much alcohol, so this would usually include a can of fizzy pop or bottled water.
£18+ (400+ pesos) for a fancy meal, for two people. The most we payed was £50 for a fancy meal at the Leaky Palapa whilst we lived in the middle of nowhere, it was amazing! If you ever happen to be in Xcalak you have to go!
It’s also worth mentioning that we lived off the grid for 3 months, so there were very few eating out options except for over priced rubbish.
Entertainment Costs – £876.50
Our entertainment costs could be much higher, but we are not tour or museum fans. If we went to see ruins in Mexico, I would position myself near tour groups to listen to few facts before the inevitable boredom hit and I wondered off to explore, or more likely ended up in a cafe. Cheeky, but cost effective.
There are lots of museums, ruins and such like, if you want to waste your money on them (joke).
This figure does include amongst other things :
- car hire – roughly £25 a day
- horse riding tour with food – £57 (1300 pesos)
- yoga classes – £5 (110 peso per person, per class)
- cinema – £2.50 (50 pesos)
- cooking course in Oaxaca, for two people – £80 (1800 pesos)
- Entry to ruins
- and the odd night out.
Medical – £517.50
I have never seen a budget breakdown with medical costs before but thought it was worth having it’s own category, Kel has been pretty unlucky with parasite infestations.
Without it our in country costs would have been brought down to around £7,500, for 10 months! We did claim most of it back on Kellie’s insurance thankfully… I definitely advise getting insurance despite the pain of the fact I never used mine. The companies we use allow you to renew whilst on the road. Not all do.True Traveller Insurance and Flexicover Insurance.
Here’s a few idea of costs:
- Blood test – £11 (250 pesos)
- Xray – £14 (320 pesos)
- Medication (antibiotics) – £6 to £8(140 to 200 pesos)
- Doctors/consultations – £22 (500 pesos)
Misc – £1,344.61
This is basically the everything else category. from laundry to toilet entry, which are just a few pesos.
£500 of it was for 4 weeks of Spanish lesson, for two people in San Miguel De Allende (of which I can remember nothing). I was going to put it in the entertainment costs, then realised this would be a lie. Kellie was much better at it than me and found it extremely valuable. I just drew willys in my notebook and looked up swear words.
In summary, Mexico is cheap as chips if you travel like we do.
I track all my spends with a pen and paper.
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