One of the most common excuses I hear from people about why they can’t/ won’t/ don’t travel is money. Believe me, freelance writing is no way to get rich. If I can afford to travel, so can you! Travel doesn’t have to be expensive! Here’s the breakdown for my summer in Colorado:
Time: 62 days and nights
Distance: 3,100 miles by car, 272 miles on foot
States: Colorado & New Mexico
Gas & Engine Oil: $620
Free camp sites: 59 free sites! 55 nights on National Forest or BLM land, 4 nights on private land (with permission).
Food: $345 worth of grocery store meals I cooked in the Teardrop. $92 worth of restaurant “Victory” meals, always after big hikes.
Drink: $45. (Water for myself and the dogs, often free, sometimes $0.41/ gallon at Safeway)
Souvenirs: $15 on stickers, $3 brass owl and $30 relief map of USA
Seeing more of the World: Priceless!
* Not included: a $2,900 1996 Land River Discovery and $480 worth of repairs.
For more tips on cheap road tripping and free camping check out my previous posts: How To Plan A Killer Road Trip: $$$ and Boondocking 101: How To Camp For Free In Beautiful Places. Also compare this trip to last summer’s road trip to Alaska.
Update: I forgot two crucial expenses: maps and showers! I bought five hiking maps at $12 a pop and eleven showers at $5 each (at KOA’s), adding $115 to the total.