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…

Lonely Planet 3000

Do you have a hard time filling up a list of places to go and things to do? Yeah, probably not if you’re reading this blog. So then a word of caution, if your travel to-do list is already several pages long and you really don’t want to find more things to add to it…

Convertible Bed for a Honda Odyssey

New for the soccer gypsy mom – a minivan with a convertible bed! In preparation for my road trip with my 9 and 12 year old daughters I checked out various van-camping ideas online and decided to design my own. Then I sweet talked my favorite handy-man (and husband), Jake, to build it. Materials: 3…