Guatemala Recap Video + Expenses

 
Guatemala Recap Video + Expenses | Society of Everywhere
COSTS

• Flights from Bogota to Guatemala City: $138 + 25,000 United miles
• Airbnbs/hotels (19 nights): $536 + 30,000 IHG points ($28.21/night)
• Transit (rental car, transport vans, chicken buses): $296
• Food/drinks/groceries: $767, which comes out to $19 pp per day
• Spanish school (1 week of one-on-one classes 4hrs/day): $288
• Extras (tours, museums, hikes, kayaking, etc.): $224

TOTAL: $2,249

Budget self grade: A-

Guatemala surprised us in how not-inexpensive it was. Prices weren't crazy, they just weren't as cheap as we expected. Granted, we really only spent time in tourist-friendly areas (this was probably the country we've overall felt the least safe in), which always have inflated costs. There also seems to be a large lack of decent Airbnb options, and the guesthouses and hotels seemed to jump from crazy cheap and extremely bare bones for maybe $15/day to about $40/night for anything decent with hot water. There wasn't really an in between. Even with the lodging challenges, we would have succeeded in keeping our spending to $100/day if we didn't sign up for Spanish lessons. One week of one-on-one classes put us over budget, but was so worth it! Always invest in your education, right?