Behind the Scenes of a RTW Trip – Month 15 Travel Review

Posted By Jeremy in North America

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Angie climbed our favorite pyramid in Mexico at the ruins of UxmalAnother month has passed by just like that, and with it ends our 15th month on the road.  This is a particularly interesting month for us as we have just passed our predicted number of days on the road for our RTW trip (455)!  Will we make it to 500?  Well, you’ll just have to stick around and find out because this post is all about recapping our last month on the road!

As with our last report, each month we feature a travel review of the highlights, lowlights, and spending we had during the course of our adventure.  These are provided as a snapshot of what our RTW trip is like for your reference, although we know that every trip is different.


The gorgeous beach at the Osa Peninsula with Blue Osa

During our fifteenth month of travel we split our time between Costa Rica (San Jose and the Osa Peninsula) as well as Mexico (Valladolid, Merida, Tulum, and Playa del Carmen).

Our total out-of-pocket spending for the month was about $2,400, or $78/day.   As we were on a press event in Costa Rica for a week out of the month, it is a bit hard for us to breakdown our spending much further.  But what I can say is that even though our targeted budget in Mexico is around $75/day, we are exceeding it by about $10/day (curse you Tequila!).   Other than this, our overall spending for the month has been a welcomed break when compared to our spending from South America!

This spending includes the following breakdown on a per day average for the two of us combined (in USD).

Accommodation Food Transportation Sight Seeing Souvenirs Misc. Purchases
Mexico $34.07 $26.45 $11.48 $9.48* $2.21 $1.41

*Notes:  Our sight seeing spending has been decreased by about $20/day as we worked with companies for a cooking class (for two) and a whale shark expedition (for one).  Unfortunately, exploring the Yucatan can get very expensive when taking these activities in to account!

As always, our full spending log is available from our menu under “Plan Your Trip.

RTW Tally Snapshot


As of this post, we're up to 102 tacos.

As mentioned at the beginning of this post, we’re really happy to have passed our original target days on the road of 455!  This is the milestone we’ve always hoped to reach with our RTW Tally, and now that we have I can say I’m really happy with how it all worked out when comparing the rest of the data to it.  Our spending was right on par, we went to just about every place we’ve planned (except Antarctica and Egypt, sadly), and overall have made some pretty good numbers so far!

One of the most interesting things to note this month is that we had nearly a week of hard rain!   Normally a week of rain in a month is no big deal, but considering in the previous 14 months of travel we only had nine days of rain in total, the fact that we almost doubled that is pretty impressive.   But even still, this was low in our opinion considering we went into the jungle of Costa Rica and visited the Yucatan during the rainy season!

Days Traveling: 458 (+31)
Countries Visited: 38 (+2)
Dollars Spent (USD): $74,601 (+$2,403)
Pictures Taken (Jeremy):  28,609 (+1,065)
Miles Traveled:  53,399 (+2,630)
Planes: 30; Trains: 45
Vehicles: 95; Ferries: 5
Days of Rain: 15.5 (+6.5)
Sick Days: 12.5 (+1)
Itinerary Changes: 4 (+0)
Arguments: 11 (+0)
Days Apart: 10.5 (+3)
Nights in a Dorm Bed: 39 (+0)
Combined Books Read: 49 (+4)
Bottles of Wine: 49 (+0)

Random Thoughts


The left two mezcals are fantastic.

As with the last RTW trip covered on this site, these monthly updates are a great place to put in the little random details that we found interesting in the countries we visited that may not find their way into a full blog post.  The following are some of our favorites from the countries we visited in Month 15:

  • San Jose, Costa Rica, was an incredible let down.  It did not seem like there was much to see in the city itself (it is all day tours), and what was available was ridiculously over-priced ($15 for the small Jade Museum- no thanks!).
  • The yoga retreat we visited in Costa Rica, Blue Osa, was probably the first time in all of my travels that I had a forced break on everything- and it was absolutely amazing.  Between the daily yoga, relaxing at the pool, and only having minimal obligations, I can safely say it was the first time I truly relaxed in a long, long time.
  • The Yucatan region of Mexico is incredibly expensive compared to what we thought it was going to be (including Chichen Itza).  The most notable expense in this part of the world is bus rides, which can cost up to $7/hour!  Compared to South America ($1-$5/hr), this is an incredible rip-off and our wallet is hurting pretty good!
  • In just 16 days in Mexico, we rolled over 100 tacos in our official Mexican taco count.  So far the cheapest taco we have found was around 6 pesos (46 cents) and the most expensive 13 pesos ($1).  If we had to give one recommendation when it comes to tacos, it would be to try and find tacos al pastor whenever you can.  They’re the best!
  • The tequila in Mexico has been better than almost every single tequila I’ve had at home, and that makes us sad since it means our preferred choices just go much more expensive.

Posts from Costa Rica and Mexico

Mayan ruins? Check. Gorgeous water? Check. Tulum is great!

Since each month is limited on the number of days, we cannot write our posts fast enough to fit them all in!  But don’t worry, we’ve got ideas for a lot of great posts for after this trip ends (if it ever does).  The following are a selection of some we’re thinking of!

Bringing a Dog Into the USA from Mexico
Whale Watching in Mexico on the coast of Baja
7 Things to Do in Mexico Outside of a Cancun All-Inclusive
7 Things to Do in Mexico You Can Only Do at a Cancun All-Inclusive
Are Tacos al Pastor the Perfect Food?
Xenotes Oasis Maya – A Family Attraction in Cancun
Whale Shark Snorkeling – The Largest Fish in the World
Learning to Cook Mexican Food in Playa del Carmen
Costa Rica Chocolate – Sampling Straight from the Farm
Blue Osa Review in Costa Rica
Monteverde Cloud Forest Zip Line
Screw Chichen Itza, Go to Uxmal Instead!
An Honest Opinion on Dolphin Encounters
Colombia to Costa Rica – Our Yellow Fever Adventure
…and more!

So where will Month 16 take us?  We just made it back to Cancun to attend the travel blogger’s conference, TBEX, where I am a speaker!   After that we’re splitting up for separate press trips with TBEX for a few days before maybe, gasp, ending our trip?!

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  1. Hey Jeremey, If you’re heading to Chiapas don’t miss San Juan Chamula 11km out of San Cristobal. I’ve written about it on our blog if you want to take a look. We also had a great guide Ceasar from Alex n Raul Tours – well worth it for the detail if what was going on.

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  2. You have just been to Yucatan so far right? Or did you make experience in other parts of Mexico too? I plan on visiting Mexico for a longer time period later this year but am not sure which part might be the best choice.

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    • Hi Stef – you’re right, we’ve only been to the Yucatan region so far. We’ve been here for about 2 1/2 weeks and have been incredibly busy with activities and things to see. Unfortunately I would say that you need to expect this part of Mexico to be more expensive than the rest purely because it is touristy.

      On a previous trip Angie went to Baja for a few days, and I’ve heard great things about traveling around that part even though it is a bit more remote. We’re also really excited to head to Chiapas as there are some ruins over there that are supposed to be some of the most beautiful in Mexico.

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