Of course Killarney is quite right. But also, of course, OF COURSE the internet takes over a forum thread and the only person who doesnt realise it is the person most interested.
This thread would be attended to lots of people in that budget range of the subject box if they were allowed to. But they are not. One must learn and understand the internet and how it works.
You can't talk budget on this forum unless you are talking low budget. Thats why the $500 per month threads, and ridiculous as they are, work.
I was reading a trawler for big expensive motor boats and it was exaclty the same. Everyone deriding anyone who has a better budget than the bare minimum. Even the typical political slagging off saying anyone who spends more that the most miserly budget is some fascist. Except the most miserly budget there was $60,000 per year
A few have the guts to toss their expenses sheets out for all to critisize... and the interesting thing is that all the budgets are quite close no matter if you have a living off the hook budget or cruise around in sailing style or the superyacht/trawler budget.
You can only eat so much and, yes, thats often regulated by your location.
The budget variations come from free food (caught, and very few boats catch more than a meal a week), supermarkets, how much food boght before their cruise.
Then theirs maintenance and what needs to be put aside for the 3rd, 5th and 12th years maintenance. If you include maintenance for a full decade it will be different to one year. Sorry, but thats true. Obviously it depends on your boat too.
Now, then theres the variables in budgets and this is what changes a low budget to a higher one:
Travel off the boat.
And they are mostly discretionary.
if you are from the USA and fly home from the Caribbean is costs tuppence compared to flying home from Suvarov in the Cook Islands. So most don't till they can afford the flight.
One friends boat was on the exact same pittance of a budget as mine except for an extra $10,000 per year because he could not be in any port in the world without a rent a car every day! Why the hell do you need a rent a car EVERY day????????? But for he and his wife they liked making sandwitches on board and taking them on their daily trips.
If I had that extra money I would still go by bus, but I would be drunk 24/7!
If I did have some serious dollars to spend my own luxury would be to hire a helicopter in each country. I love the way you see terrain by helicopter.
So everyone's budget is basically the same its only our parameters individually that differ. But these threads will not allow discussion of those parameters and thats very sad.