We haven’t done a budget update since Shawna and I left Morocco, so it is time to give a quick big picture summary, as well as a little more detail of where we spent the last six weeks of 2011 – Ghana!
As you know by now, our goal is to see whether we can indeed travel the world together for around $100/day. We started off in the UK and Western Europe, likely the most expensive region of the world, at least in terms of places we plan on visiting. But as we have been travelling, we have been slowly dropping our daily average spend.
I should note, that the one thing we are not counting at this point is any international flights. I know this may seem bizarre, but before we left we decided to keep this budget separate. So although flights are included in our Total $ Spent, they are not included in our Daily Average.
Also, these posts are about how much it costs us to travel the world. We have discovered that we are not super-tight budget backpackers, it just isn’t our things. I would label us as middle of the road travellers. We don’t mind spending a little extra money on things we love to do. Thrifty, but not cheap.
Here is a look at our Ghanaian numbers:
Dollar to Cedi Conversion
$1 CDN = 1.66 Ghanaian Cedis
1€ = 2.16 Cedis
Total # of Days – 45
Total Dollars Spent (CDN) – $2,781.55
Daily Average (CDN) – $61.81 (or 48€)
Total Spending To Date
Total Dollars Spent (CDN) – $20,594.99
Daily Average (CDN) – $100.04 (or 77€)
Well for the time being we have made it to our daily goal of $100/day!!! Thanks Ghana!
However the one thing that still skews these numbers was my motorbike accident. This (doctor bills and bike repairs combined) actually accounted for almost 9% of the money we spent in the country!
Additionally, Christmas was a time where we spoiled ourselves a little. Our private daily yoga lessons ran us 30GHC/day, we really stepped it up in terms of eating wherever we wanted, including a Christmas buffet running us 84GHC! But hey, it was Christmas, right?
How Much CAN it cost??
Accomodation - We were quite fortunate in Ghana as we stayed with Joseph, a good friend of ours while we were in Accra(his wife is the amazing lady who taught us to cook Red-Red!) Additionally, while volunteering in Tamale, we stayed in the home owned by Create Change, the charity we were volunteering for. However, when we were paying “regular prices” for our room, we were paying around 20-25 GHC/night.
Food - So here is the deal….if you can deal with eating Fu-fu or rice and beans for every meal in Ghana, you can eat from the food stalls for crazy cheap… think 1-2 GHC a meal, maybe less! However, short of the red-red mentioned above we were not huge fans of this diet and so we did tend to visit the western restaurants a little more often…the food was sometimes better, although the service never was. And of course this came at a price… 10-20 GHC would get you a dinner, depending on what you were after.
Drink - Small beers cost 2GHC, large beer costs 3GHC. The one thing that will save you a decent amount of money are the water sachets. You can drink out of these 500ml bags for $0.05, as opposed to buying a 1.5L bottle for 1-1.5GHC…that’s just smart hydration!
So we have hit the mark, living quite well, travelling around the world on a budget of $100CDN! As we move towards Jordan, and then South East Asia, can we keep it up?
Have you spent time in Ghana? How does your spending compare? Let us know below.
The video below is one of a few young Ghanaian boys showing off their moves in front of the camera. How can you not love these kids? Enjoy!