One exciting thing I wanted to share is that Kate and I are planning to take a rather big road trip this summer. Our plan is to be gone for two and a half months and to cover over 11,000 miles (!!!). We could not be more excited about this! I’m excited to share more about organization + road trip planning with y’all in the coming weeks and months, as well as to get recommendations for things to do in the destinations on our itinerary.
This is one of the things I love about having a more pared-down life: we’re able to pick up and take a trip like this one. While we aren’t minimalist by any means, I’m really excited that having less means being able to do more cool stuff.
Answers to a few basic questions we’ve been getting:
- Why a road trip?
- Mainly because this seems to be the most economical way to see a huge portion of the country. We also really love driving and being on the open road. Kate teaches, so her summers are free, and I have the ability to set my own schedule. We already had a week-long family trip in Oregon planned for July and we thought it would be more fun to drive out there and make stops along the way.
- Why so long?
- Well, this really allows us to visit a lot of amazing places during our trip, and to stay for more than just one night in a lot of locations. We will also be able to take a vacation and visit lots of family + friends along the way. I’m excited to share our itinerary soon!
- Where will you stay?
- Our plan is to primarily stay with family + friends along the way. The rest of the time will be a mix of camping (both drive-up car camping sites + backpacking) and airbnb rentals.
- What about your home?
- We are currently renting and our lease is up at the end of May. Without going into too many details, it will cost us about the same amount to put our belongings in storage and travel as it would to pay rent and utilities for these months. We’re planning to find another rental to start in September.
- What about an income?
- I mentioned Kate’s job, but as far as my business, I’m hoping to take on a few clients during our travels. Once I share our itinerary, let me know if you’re interested! Aside from this, I’m just going to focus on working as much as I can this spring to add to our savings for the summer.
I’d love to know: have you ever taken a cross-country road trip? Any suggestions or tips you can share would be greatly appreciated!