Did we follow our travel guidelines from July 2011?

Did we follow our travel guidelines from July 2011?

About one year ago, we were finishing up work on our condo, interviewing agents, and preparing to list the place. We were still unsure whether our trip would ever get off the ground — it all depended on our condo sale and the market didn’t …

Exploring Cities: The Detroit Edition

Exploring Cities: The Detroit Edition

You’re headed to a new city — how do you figure out what to do to get that total <insert city name here> experience? We found ourselves in this situation when we recently visited Detroit, so I turned to my old friend, the internet, for …

The Best Camping Gear

The Best Camping Gear

My family is a camping family, and through trial and error, they’ve found the best gear to make camping as easy and comfortable as it can get. Over multiple Christmases, we’ve been equipped with the gear that has made our non-van camping days possible, and, …

State of the Trip: First Quarter

State of the Trip: First Quarter

We’re about three and a half months into our twelve month trip, so we thought it was about time for a quarterly status report. Rather than create a formal report, which would need to be audited for accuracy by someone like KPMG, we thought we’d …

A Failed-Flasher’s Guide to Death Valley Showers and Baths

A Failed-Flasher’s Guide to Death Valley Showers and Baths

“Yeah, the Hearst Castle is amazing. The guest houses are four-bedroom mansions! Can you believe that? I’ve been there 10 times.” I’m getting travel tips from a gent that’s probably 60+ years old. He works in the area and just finished a night shift. I …

Post-Present Blues: Save for Travel in 2012 by Reducing Monthly Expenses

Post-Present Blues: Save for Travel in 2012 by Reducing Monthly Expenses

This week, we created a series of posts to help you save money in 2012 to make your travel dreams a reality. Today’s is about cutting unnecessary monthly expenses.  Monthly expenses kill savings. They chip away while you’re not looking, weakening your financial strength. You …

Post-Present Blues: Save for Travel in 2012 by Brewing Your Own Coffee

Post-Present Blues: Save for Travel in 2012 by Brewing Your Own Coffee

This week, we created a series of posts to help you save money in 2012 to make your travel dreams a reality. Today’s is about cutting coffee costs.  When I was working in Chicago, a lot of days I would treat myself to a $2 …

Post-Present Blues: Save for Travel in 2012 with the Right Bank Accounts

Post-Present Blues: Save for Travel in 2012 with the Right Bank Accounts

Christmas is over, and the new year is coming up. Resolutions will be made shortly, then ignored shortly after that. Assuming that if you read this blog, you’ll have some sort of travel more / work less resolution for 2012, Lisa and I created a …

I Need Amps! Give Me Electricity!

I Need Amps! Give Me Electricity!

Amps amps amps amps amps amps amps amps amps amps :::::::::::::: AMPS! We can buy gasoline at a gas station and food at the grocery store, but what I need is electricity. I’ve got a craving for electrons I can’t kick! Give me amps, man! …

Cooking Without A Kitchen

Cooking Without A Kitchen

We had hoped to create and share some amazing campstove recipes with you, but so far we’re having a tough time cooking anything but the most basic food. Don’t worry, Moms, we are eating, but it’s the kind of food we made in college – …

The Price Of Our Freedom: The Five Fixed Costs Of Our Year-Long Road Trip

The Price Of Our Freedom: The Five Fixed Costs Of Our Year-Long Road Trip

We’ve talked about downsizing our possessions. Our next behind-the-scenes topic is fixed costs — the things we have to pay for every month outside of food, campgrounds, gasoline, etc.  We don’t have many.  In order of size, they are: Car Loan + Insurance: $430 per month …

What Did You Do With All Your Stuff? Downsizing Our Possessions.

What Did You Do With All Your Stuff? Downsizing Our Possessions.

People have a lot of questions when they learn about our trip. We’ll answer the most frequently asked and strangest ones here. One of the first and most common things we’re asked is: What did you do with all of your stuff? The answer is …