Round the World Travel & Cost Summary: Month 1

by Jan 8, 2016Arizona, British Columbia, California, Canada, Monthly Travel & Cost Summaries, USA5 comments

Countries Visited

Flights Taken

Kilometres Driven

Ferries Taken

One month on the road! We’ve been a few places, seen a few things, took thousands of photos and countless hours of video. We also learned a lot about what works for us in this new lifestyle and what does not. One of the biggest lessons of the month is that we are still moving too fast and trying to pack too much in with limited time. So, we’ve applied that to the next stage of our trip and hopefully we won’t spend as much time feeling stressed and exhausted.

It has been a great month though. Besides what you see in this post, we were able to be in Canada in time for the birth of my new niece and got to meet her when she was just 12 hours old which is something I’m really grateful for since I usually miss big family events back home.

This post is a round up of sorts to summarise what we got up to in the last month as well as our highlights and lowlights, top photos & posts, and an indication of how much travelling the world costs.

Places Visited


San FranciscoMontereyBig SurPismo BeachLos AngelesSan DiegoPhoenixSedonaMonument ValleyPage


Comox, Gibsons, Summerland

Dayna’s Highlight: Horseshoe Bend in Arizona.

Daynas’ Lowlight: Having to leave San Diego, it’s my happy place.

Accommodation – £50 average per night

We had pretty good luck with our accommodation this month. Most was paid for in advance so that we could get bonus Flying Club miles (I go into the details in this post) which meant that we only had to pay for a couple on the road.

The worst hotel we stayed at would be Ocean Palms just because there was a weird vibe to the place and the breakfast was cramped around the lobby desk, it was still decent accommodation though. The best hotel overall would have to be Moonstone Landing – the rooms were great, it was right across from the beach, and the internet was the best we had all month!

HI San Francisco Downtown Hostel
5 nights – £78 per night

Casa Munras Hotel & Spa, Monterey
1 night – £25 per night

Moonstone Landing, Cambria
1 night – £85 per night

Ocean Palms Motel Pismo Beach
1 night – £41 per night

Hotel Erwin, Venice Beach
2 nights – £144 per night

Beach Haven Inn, San Diego
5 nights – £66 per night

La Quinta Inn Phoenix North
1 night – £37 per night

Views Inn Sedona
1 night – £61 per night

The View Hotel, Monument Valley
1 night – £100 per night

Best Western View Of Lake Powell Hotel
3 nights – £47 per night

Comfort Suites Phoenix Airport
1 night – £44 per night

All our accommodation in Canada has been with family!

Total Spent

USA: £4,308.36
Cost per day: £187.32

Canada: £263.25
Cost per day: £32.91

What are we up to in January?

After a whirlwind December, the rest of January will be at a slower pace and hopefully gives us a chance to catch up on posts and sleep! We’ll be spending our time between my hometown of Gibsons, and Vancouver before heading to Seattle for our last weekend in North America. Then it’s off to New Zealand on January 25th!


Anything we missed? Let us know if there’s anything you’d be interested in us tracking on our round the world trip and we’ll add it to future posts.

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