Should You Pack It

I’m heading out on a little mini-trip in about 36 hours so it’s time for everyone’s favorite game show… Should You Pack It?! starring me and my little 20 liter backpack. To help, I’ve created this nifty little decision tree. I’ll admit that I wasn’t always a light packer. I remember the feelings of despair I felt…

It’s not an absence of fear

In my recent conversations with people about my travels in India one theme kept popping up: fear. Wasn’t I afraid to travel alone? Wasn’t I afraid I’d get sick/lost/robbed/etc? I heard many people say they couldn’t do it and how gutsy I must be. Here’s the secret: I don’t go because of a lack of…

Eating Cheaply (but well) On the Road

On my recent road trip to California with my two daughters we averaged just over $10 per person per day for food but we didn’t starve or get scurvy or anything! Here’s how we did it… Think Nutritious Snacks: When you’re spending a lot of time in the car you don’t often need or crave…

California or Bust 2014 Finances

Remember my super thrilling description of how I planned out my road trip with spreadsheets? Well the trip was fantastic (more details to be shared later) and now that I’ve recovered, I went back through to see how my financial planning stacked up… I had originally budgeted the following: Fuel $838.14 Food $550.00 Lodging $150…