If you're thinking about doing The Big Lap then one of the first questions you'll probably have is "How much money will we need?".
People who have done the trip will have their own ideas - '$1000 a week' or '$1.00 per kilometre' are common responses.
But it's a difficult one to answer because everyone has their own ideas about how they want to travel.
Some want to bush camp all the way and others prefer cosy caravan parks. For some it's about trying as many restaurants as possible while for others it's about keeping it local, simple and affordable.
A young couple bush camping in their Troopy will spend a fraction of the amount that a family of 5 towing a big van and staying in Big 4 caravan parks all the way will.
There are a lot of variables that will ultimately determine how much money you'll need, so in order to cater to everyone I've created an Excel Spreadsheet which I've called my 'Big Lap Budget Spreadsheet' that will take all of the variables that are relevant to you and the way you see your trip unfolding then show you how much money you'll need.
For example, these are some of the variables you can adjust:
- How long you plan to travel for
- How many nights you expect to stay in caravan parks, hotels, national parks, free camps
- What mileage your vehicle gets
- The cost per litre of fuel
- How much cash you have to start with
- Any other income (rent, government benefits, interest etc.)
- Any other expenses (mortgage, insurance, health cover etc.)
. . . . and numerous others.
Watch this quick video where I show you how it works . . .
The Big Lap Budget Spreadsheet is simple to use but incredibly useful when trying to get a sense of the sort of $$$ it's going to take for you to make your dream trip a reality.
Best of all, you can keep 'massaging' the numbers until they work!
The Big Lap Budget Spreadsheet has been downloaded 44171 times since I first created it and helped thousands of road trippers plan their trips and it will help you too.
Download Your Free Big Lap Budget Spreadsheet
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST YOU TO DRIVE AROUND AUSTRALIA?
The spreadsheet will open in any version of Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, Apple Numbers or virtually any other spreadsheet program
Here is some recent feedback:
That is a fantastic spreadsheet.
Thanks Steve for being so generous and providing this for free... you don't see much 'free' these days.
We are about to leave on a 4 month trip to do the Kimberley's, Canning Stock Route and a lot of other stuff.
Once again, thank you
Travelling around Australia need not be an expensive exercise and in fact it can be far cheaper than living at home, except for the lack of a steady income. That said, you probably want to work to a budget to stretch the funds as far as possible and make sure you maximise what may well be the trip of your lifetime.
I'm by no means a financial expert nor a financial advisor so please use this spreadsheet as a simple guide and not an absolute precision tool.
How much did our Big Lap cost us?
Once you've downloaded your copy of the Big Lap Budget Spreadsheet I'll shoot you an email with details about how much our Big Lap cost which you are bound to find interesting.
The spreadsheet is in Excel .xls format which will open on Mac or Windows versions of Excel and it will also open in most other spreadsheet programs like Google Sheets and Apple Numbers.
Good luck with your trip planning.
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