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Honduras Travel Budget: My Experience

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Is it possible to travel in Honduras on a budget? Learn how much it cost me to backpack in Honduras — along with my favorite tips & highlights.

Overview

Honduras has a reputation for being dangerous, and it can sometimes live up to that reputation. But that doesn’t necessarily make it dangerous for travelers. While I was there, shocking things did happen. The local news was full of uncensored video of chicken-bus drivers who had been shot for not paying protection money to local gangs, or drug related shootings at public soccer matches.

But just like in other countries (including the USA), these acts are related to gangs & drugs. Someone traveling through the country really has nothing to be afraid of (unless you happen to be involved in the drug smuggling business). I met many friendly people in Honduras, and would happily recommend it to travelers who are looking to get off the beaten tourist path.

I would have liked to spend even more time in the country, but needed to get to a volunteer project in Nicaragua that I was already late for.


Honduras Travel Costs:

Honduras travel budgets can vary greatly. Here is a breakdown of how much money I spent over 3 weeks of travel there.

  • Food & Drink: $194 US (groceries, restaurants, water, alcohol)
  • Accommodation: $362 US (hostels, hotels, camping fees)
  • Transportation: $144 US (buses, taxis, boats)
  • Activities: $246 US (entrance fees, rentals, classes, tours, etc.)
  • Miscellaneous: $29 US (laundry, sundries, souvenirs, visas, etc.)

TOTAL DAYS = 22

TOTAL SPENT = $975 US

DAILY AVERAGE = $44.32 US

Budget Notes: My daily average was a bit higher in Honduras than in previous Central American countries, but this was mainly because of a PADI scuba diving course I took. Subtracting the course, my daily average is: $33.48 US


Highlights

– Slowing down in the sleepy town of Comayagua
Learning to scuba dive on the island of Utila
– Hiking to a plane crash in the jungle

Lowlights

– Getting hassled on the street in Tegucigalpa

Surprises

– I didn’t get robbed or shot

My Honduras Slideshow


Stories & Adventures from Honduras

Planning to travel to Honduras soon? Browse all my blog posts from Honduras to get ideas & recommendations for your own adventures.

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Final Thoughts

Yet again I’m learning that places are not as dangerous as people make them out to be. The rumor that a particular country or city is overly dangerous gets passed on from traveler to traveler, without many facts or first hand experience to back it up.

For example, there was a mugging that happened in the Honduran city of La Ceiba while I was there. This sensational piece of news quickly spread throughout the backpacking community. It made the city seem unsafe. But of course, if you think about it logically, there are muggings every day in New York City. But that doesn’t stop school busses loaded with American children from visiting NYC on field trips!

Unreasonable fear is a common problem for people traveling in countries that are not their own.

Additional Examples?

My last trip to Honduras was in 2011. Prices have probably changed a bit since then. We don’t all travel the same way either. So to help you get a better picture, here are a few Honduras travel budgets from others:

Have you ever traveled to Honduras? What did you like or dislike?

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Packing Guide

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Book Accommodation

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I hope you enjoyed my Honduras Travel Budget guide! Hopefully you found it useful. Here are a few more wanderlust-inducing articles that I recommend you read next:

Brady Campbell

Monday 15th of May 2017

Absolutely true Matt! I have lived for months in Honduras and have traveled all around the country and never had an issue. There are places like San Pedro Sula that increase your chances for getting mugged, however the vast majority of the country is amazingly friendly. I have a friend who dirt biked all over the country and says the people are warm and accommodating. Thanks for saying that Honduras isn't as dangerous as they say. It really gets a bad rap.

Also, Roatan is actually better diving in my opinion then Utila. Utila is cheaper (slightly) however, the diving is more varied and better life in Roatan. It really is a great place to travel. Pico Bonito near La Ceiba is also a great place to visit! Awesome white water rafting, horseback riding, and hiking. I recommend Omega Tours up there.

Jaynie

Sunday 18th of January 2015

Thank you for this great info. My husband and I are planning a trip to Honduras and I find that with each CA country I need to adjust my budget a bit. I like that you include alcohol and the fun extras!

Tobi

Tuesday 30th of September 2014

Thanks for this Matt, we're trying to put together ball park costs for a trip next year. we've been flying blind till reading this!

Kelly Rogers

Monday 5th of May 2014

I haven't been to Honduras and I don't plan on going there since it's not part of my bucket list. However, I like it that you were able to tell us your budget. And you were able to get a PADI certification. My colleague has just got one. I'm not sure though which level.

Charles Eve

Monday 24th of February 2014

I'm thinking of taking my PADI IDC (instrcutor) at Utila what did you think of the island itself and would you think they'd be much chance of freelance work afterwards?

michael mainer

Sunday 24th of July 2016

Utila is a better place in my opinion and has beautiful beaches. The food is excellent and the people are nice. Its cheaper and oppurtunitys to scuba,dive ,fish. Its a smaller island but even the yaught ride out to the island is much cheaper than before.

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