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Old 05-19-2014, 05:35 PM   #1
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How much do you budget per day when travelling?

We are working on our first longer term trip with our trailer.

I'm curious if anyone has a daily amount they use to budget for trips? For example, $100 in gas for every day you expect to be travelling; and $50 a night for RV park, etc. Less gas for days you are staying in one place. And then food, entertainment etc.

I would really like to hear from experienced travellers what they would average per day, appreciating of course it depends on the size of your trailer and tow vehicle (for gas mileage). Thanks!

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Old 05-19-2014, 06:00 PM   #2
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I think this is hard question to answer....too many variables.

Gas money depends on your MPG, how far you drive per day and your average speed.

Money for food, entertainment, etc can vary considerable depending on what part of the country you are in, if you are eating in or out, if your entertainment is hiking a trail or taking a safari, etc.

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Old 05-19-2014, 06:28 PM   #3
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We really don't budget, however we make our lunch in the TT either at a fuel stop or rest area. We make our own breakfast before we hit the road and have supper in TT when we stop for the night. Saves a lot on food expenses with 5 of us to eat. When we get to our destination and are sightseeing we plan to eat one meal out.

Fuel varies by how far we go in a day.
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Old 05-19-2014, 06:30 PM   #4
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Fuel is a variable on how hard you push. On the roadtrip to a final destination, we overnite at Walmarts so $00. Catch a bite to eat after we stop for the night that usually runs $30 or $40 for the 2 of us. Lunch is a subway or McD's.

Longer term stops can be budgeted in advance when you make reservations or investigate CG's. The answer to your question is going to be based on your living style. If you spend $100 for a dinner for 2 and if you stop at private CG's for overnites [$40 - $60].

Do the math.
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Old 05-21-2014, 07:42 AM   #5
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I always use $1.25 per traveled mile as a ball park. Moe if going to a destination resort, less if just camping.
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Old 05-26-2014, 11:50 AM   #6
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Budget when travelling? What is that?
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Old 05-26-2014, 12:21 PM   #7
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Do not budget......especially food...if at home you have to eat anyway.
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Old 05-27-2014, 08:32 AM   #8
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Typically, we budget $150/day for a trip. That usually covers all trip expenses. Ofcourse the actual cost could vary some. We've found that covers our cost on a trip whether it's a long weekend getaway or an extended trip.
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Old 05-29-2014, 09:18 AM   #9
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That's a great question, and I don't have a clue about an answer. I've never thought about it, or tracked it. It would be interesting though to check it sometime. Over several different trips a person could work out an average, be it by the day or by the miles traveled. It would be fun to see the averages from many different travelers, and get an overall average.

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Old 05-29-2014, 11:49 PM   #10
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We really don't budget when towing the trailer. We go for around 6 hours and then start looking for a park to stay in. We always eat breakfast and lunch in the trailer and dinner is what ever is convenient. Unhooking the trailer is never convenient so it depends on how far it is to a restaurant.

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