Not something I’d usually say for an overseas trip, but… flights were actually the cheap part, in the grand scheme of things. We paid a little over $1500 each for return tickets from Nelson, New Zealand to Buenos Aires, Argentina. At the time this seemed like a lot of money, but since then we have been swiping our credit cards like they’re going out of fashion! Just as well they’re Air New Zealand Airpoints Cards, so we’re actually getting something out of it.
A basic summary of expenses so far:
Flights: NZ$3000 (2 adults flying economy with Air New Zealand from Nelson, NZ to Buenos Aires)
Travel Insurance: NZ$1400 (180 days cover with World Nomads, including “Adventurous Activities” cover)
4D/3N Lares Trek incl. Machu Picchu: US$575pp
2N/3D Salar De Uyuni Tour: US$225pp
Doctors Visits, Jabs, Medications: $750 (Yellow Fever alone is around $100pp!!)
Shipping Container to Store Our Stuff: $3000
New Gear including a GoPro Camera + Accessories: ~$2000-~$3000 (so far… we have most things we need but will buy some things cheap when we get there! We already had a few major items like decent packs and hiking shoes. My mum kindly bought me a SteriPEN for my birthday which we hope will save us a few $$$ on bottled water!)
We’ve also shelled out a fair bit of cash on repairs around our house to ready it for the new tenants moving in on the 19th April, including upgrading our House Insurance (which is now even more expensive due to the recent Kaikoura Earthquake!)
There’s now only 49 days until we fly out!