Budget for a Road Trip: The Cost of Our Year on the Road

Budget for a Road Trip: The Cost of Our Year on the Road

Life on the road can be expensive, so start thinking about your budget early. When you know how much you need to save, you’ll be less tempted to draw down your savings account balance for goal-hurting purchases. Your budget is going to be unique to …

Save Money While on the Road

Save Money While on the Road

Once you’ve saved enough money to take a road trip, how do you make that money last as long as possible? Set a daily budget The first lesson of a daily budget is that you’ll often exceed your daily budget. Our daily goal was to …

What’s my address? Finding a place for your mail during long-term travel.

What’s my address? Finding a place for your mail during long-term travel.

If you’re embarking on a long-term trip and selling your home or moving out of your apartment, you’ll need to find a new destination for your mail. You might be tempted to think that you can go without mail during a long-term trip, but you …

I don’t like your city. Help me get over it.

I don’t like your city. Help me get over it.

We’re still getting flack in the comments on our posts about cities that didn’t resonate with us: Austin, Salt Lake City, Savannah, Provo, the Salton Sea, Portland. The intense anger that others feel, just from knowing that two people — two strangers whom they probably wouldn’t …

Camping Tips: Finding Great Campgrounds and Campsites

Camping Tips: Finding Great Campgrounds and Campsites

On the road, we often spent a large part of our day figuring out where we’d stay each night. Sometimes it was stressful – if a planned campground didn’t work out, we’d need to start our search over at the beginning. We learned that it …

Campground showers or how to shower in three minutes

Campground showers or how to shower in three minutes

A year on the road means a year of campground showers. Most campground showers are coin-operated, time-limited contraptions. They generally run for three to five minutes for a few bucks a go. That time goes fast — especially when the water starts out ice-cold. Through much …

The 6 things that are keeping me inspired right now

The 6 things that are keeping me inspired right now

It’s hard to stay inspired. I’m working on a book about our trip (it’s going to be more of a how-to guide and less of a memoir) but I promised myself I wouldn’t give in to the old cliche and complain about how hard it …

Bathrooms: A How To Guide

Bathrooms: A How To Guide

Why is it that people feel the need to post signs in restrooms telling you how to use the bathroom? We spotted so many — here are some of my favorites. 1. Rest area in Oklahoma: 2. Passive-aggressive note in a coffee shop in northern …

The Ultimate packing list: what you need (and don’t need) to live in a van for a year

The Ultimate packing list: what you need (and don’t need) to live in a van for a year

We’ve unloaded our van and turned it back into a normal passenger vehicle. It’s terrible. It seems so strange to drive around in a normal minivan — I imagine it’s similar to how you’d feel if you dyed your bright blue hair back to black …

The Stealth Night

The Stealth Night

When we originally selected our trip vehicle, we were going for inconspicuousness. Just in case…just in case we got in a bind and needed to sleep on a street or at a rest area. Just in case we needed to blend in — in case …

Trail Booty: What We’ve Found

Trail Booty: What We’ve Found

I love the Mountain Gazette, the west’s great free adventure magazine. Recently, we read an article about trail booty, the stuff you find while playing outdoors. Here’s what we’ve found so far:  4GB SD memory card found along the Million Dollar Highway. We were keen …

Close The Lid! Pit Toilets Explained

Close The Lid! Pit Toilets Explained

We’ve been at a lot of campgrounds lately with pit toilets. Sometimes, if the place is extra-classy, they’re referred to as ‘vault’ toilets. Secure storage for your shit. There seems to be some confusion on how to use them. Let me explain; it’s simple, really. …