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The Count: Spending a bit more than we’d like

Monday, January 28th, 2008

Our average rose to $30 a day as we bolted through the rest of Central America during our fourth week on the road. While we were able to keep food costs down, our travel and lodging costs rose significantly with numerous coach bus rides to get through five countries, quickly and in comfort. (more…)

The Count: Dropping the average in Guatemala

Monday, January 21st, 2008

The prices baffled us in Guatemala – we found food costs high, but our lodging costs went down to a mere $6 a day at points. Quetzaltenango is seemingly designed for extended stays, with numerous guest houses to provide a home for the booming language school scene in town. We took advantage of one of these guest houses, and stayed at one place for five nights for $30 each – and we had our own rooms.

The Count: week three

Calling on a patron saint

Monday, January 14th, 2008

Keeping costs pretty much on an even keel, we’ve managed to raise our average daily costs only by a couple dollars despite some expensive bus tickets and jaunting across 620 miles this week, to $28 a day. Tomorrow we’ll make our second border crossing, entering Guatemala, where over the next six days, we expect to be paying less than our current average. And now, on for the rest of The Count for the week between 1/8/2008 and 1/14/2008, where a the patron saint of travel should have been involved… (more…)

¡Muy Barato (very cheap)!

Monday, January 7th, 2008

While planning this trip, we constantly kept asking ourselves – how much are we going to bloody spend? Guide books have general spending estimates, and others who’ve chronicled similar treks give rough numbers. With this regularly occurring feature that we’re calling “The Count” we’ll give you a peek at some of the numbers that we’re keeping track of on a daily basis, including spending habits broken down by food, lodging, travel and a couple offbeat metrics. Hopefully, you’ll be able to get some insight about how much or little things cost around the world if you plan on trekking to any of the destinations we’ve visited.

After seven days on the road, we’re pretty happy with how little we’ve spent, with total expenses averaging just over $20 a day. (more…)

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Thushan Amarasiriwardena

, former Senior Multimedia Producer at The Boston Globe, has always loved telling a great story. Combining his eye for visual story telling and his technical background in computer science at North Carolina State University, Thushan has reported on business, sports and travel for The Globe. You can find his site here.

Michael Kurtz

, graduated with a degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His thesis research focused on the intersection of race and music in Northeastern Brazil. He worked previously as A&R and Production Coordinator for Putumayo World Music, an international music record label based in New York City. You can find his site here.

Brian Rogers

graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies, and has traveled extensively in Latin America.

Alicia Conway

is LongJaunt's home base chief and a Technical Producer for The Boston Globe. She joined and contributed with the team out in England, Kenya, Tanzania, The Netherlands and Thailand.