My costs start in Rio Lagartos and include:
- Public transport from Rio Lagartos to Progreso
- 3 nights in GRANDPAcking Standard accommodation
- Food & Drink
- Mobile Data / Communications
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MY ACTUAL 1 PERSON GRANDPAcking COSTS:
Cost Of Existence (COE):
My costs are purely provided for information purposes. I do not always follow ‘GRANDPAcking Standards’. In fact, I deviate from them all of the time! But, my costs are real costs and they may help you formulate your own budget.
In Progreso I was GRANDPAcking.
Accommodation: My accommodation (the Abrazarse Life B&B) met ‘GRANDPAcking Standard’; It was big, clean, had a sea breeze, a sea view, access to a balcony, walk-in wardrobe, good in-room wifi, aircon, ceiling fan, breakfast table, microwave, and fridge.
Communications & Fees: I had a 1 month AT&T Package with unlimited calls & texts and 450MBs of data (150Mb of that was free on promotion). AT&T have a good signal in Progreso. Free WiFi is available around town.
Food & Drink:
I averaged MXP209 / day.
My ‘Cost of Existing / Day’ was MXP557 / NZ$43 / US$31 / €29 / £25.
Cost Of LIVING (COL):
My available ‘LIVING Funds’ each day were MXP468 / NZ$37 / US$26 / €24 / £21. This was more than enough to LIVE on.
Visa: There is no Visa Apportionment. The 180 Day Visitor’s Visa is free.
Getting There: It cost me MXP221 to get from my Rio Lagartos accommodation to my Progreso accommodation (walking at both ends to / from the Bus Station). This consisted of 2 Local Bus and a Colectivo.
Drink / Partying: I averaged MXP35 / night. This was mainly for bottles of 1.2L beer bought at a local OXXO Store and taken back to my accommodation. I bought 3x 1.2L bottles of beer for MXP64. I had a couple of drinks when out for Dinner.
Entertainment / Trips: None.
Other / Gifts: Tips have been included in the meal prices.
My actual GRANDPAcking costs came in at MXP638 / NZ$50 / US$36 / €33 / £29 per day. This was 62% of my total budget … I had 38% left to play with.
WHAT IT SHOULD COST 2 GRANDPAckers:
GRANDPAcking Standard accommodation is expensive if you book blindly off of the internet … you will need to do a bit more work to get my sort of price.
I suggest that you start looking for Hotel ‘specials’ online (with someone like BOOKING.COM or EXPEDIA.COM or AGODA.COM) well in advance and compare them with the Holiday Rentals found on TRIPADVISOR and AirBnB. Then, you can pick the best deal for you.
Alternatively, wait until the last minute and see who is doing a ‘deal’.
You can afford to come to Progreso any time Off & Shoulder Season. Peak Season and July/August may prove to be a problem..
Cost Of Existence (COE):
Accommodation: In Mexico, it is hard to find a decent ‘GRANDPAcking Standard’ Double Fan Room with Hot Water Ensuite online for less than MXP500 / night. Under MXP500 you are usually looking at below GRANDPAcking Standard rooms in Hostels and / or rooms with Shared Bathrooms and / or Cold Water Ensuites.
Transport: I have budgeted for 2 people to take a weekly trip on Public Transport to Merida.
Communications: I have included a prepaid 1 Month ‘unlimited’ calls & texts MXP150 Package with 300MBs of data from any of the 3 main service providers.
Food: I have budgeted the GRANDPAcker special rate breakfast at the Abrazarse for MXP80 each. This should mean that you will only need a simple (cheap) snack-type Lunch. Dinner will be something from the lower quartile of a budget restaurant menu.
The ‘Cost Of Existence’ of 2 GRANDPAckers is about MXP792 / NZ$62 / US$44 / €41 / £36 per day.
Cost Of LIVING:
This leaves you MXP233 / day to LIVE on (i.e. 23% of your GRANDPAcking budget).
I suggest that you stay at the Abrazarse at the special GRANDPAcker monthly rate. The back Double Room at MXP375 / night is the best value for money that I have found in Mexico so far. Contact the Abrazarse well in advance to increase your chances of securing a booking.
To get this discount, you must phone or email Jacque Small directly and say that you are a GRANDPAcker. Phone: (Mexico) 983-135-7170. Email: AbrazarseLife@gmail.com.
Otherwise, don’t book on the internet. Gamble. Just book 1-2 nights on the internet and, then, negotiating a price for the rest of your stay with one of the many hotels not listed on the internet.
Progreso has made it into my GRANDPAcking Holiday Table … AND into my Retirement REVIEWS.
Come for a month and have a look … some of you will like it.
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