- James and Sarah bicycle around the world.

Turkey: November 2007

Average Daily Costs*
Lodging $32.07
Food $44.10
Miscellaneous $14.81
Other Costs**
Transportation 162.66
Gear $0.00
Fees, Fines, and Tolls $52.41
Entertainment $0.00

Total Turkey Cost 760.95

Avg. Exchange Rate $US to Turkish Lira 1.1767

We actually didn't do any bicycle touring in Turkey. We took a bus from the Turkey-Bulgaria border to Istanbul and then spent 5 days exploring the city and trying Turkish food at all the tourist restaurants in Sultanahmet. Our transportation costs were high because in addition to the bus from Bulgaria we took a couple of taxis and minivans in Istanbul itself which proved to be major rip-offs.

*We classify food, lodging, and miscellaneous costs as daily costs. Food and Lodging are pretty obvious. The only thing to mention is that beer is included in the Food category. Miscellaneous costs include toiletries, internet cafes, stamps and postage, haircuts, laundry, gasoline, phone calls, and any other small costs we need to keep us going on a daily basis.

**We categorize our non-daily costs into the following categories. Gear is the maintenance of our existing gear as well as new purchases. Maps and guidebooks are also included in this category. Fees, Fines, and Tolls includes visas, banking fees, and any other official fees we are required to pay. Entertainment is used for park and museum entry fees, guided tours, movies, books, and any other activities we do which require payment. The Transportation category includes bus, train, taxi, subway, and ferry rides including any fees we have to pay for the bicycles. Health includes trips to the doctor and medications as well as any immunizations boosters we need.

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