last year, my boyfriend was bitten by the wanderlust bug while traveling around the country for seven weeks with his friend in a van. i wanna know what it feels like to drive into the sunset and know that i dont have to turn around.
in two years, we plan to spend a year on the road, living out of a 71 westfalia (in great running condition), with only a gps as our guide. we plan on starting with two weeks in the florida keys, followed by who knows? we plan on using the trip as a way to find where (or if!) we should park the westie and find a roof to put over our heads.
we would also like to do this a cheaply as possible. sometime during my boyfriends roadtrip, cash became an issue, after which he relied on credit cards. the plan is to have ZERO debt going into this trip, and spending only cash with a credit card for ABSOLUTE emergencies. we want to make all of our own meals, only stay at motels for showering purposes, and pretty much be all around self reliant.
i'm a massage therapist with a national license, so depending on the state, there is a chance for income. we also plan on attending a few summer music and art festivals (burning man, being one of the reasons for the trip) where we can sell of barter clothes and jewelery i make.
we really both love the outdoors, and plan on tent camping at a few national parks. the national park pass i read about on another post is a great idea!
what do you find (besides gas) is your biggest expense? are there any places where we could shower for free? or at least cheaper than a days rate a motel. what is the best way to cut down on food costs? buying in bulk or buying fresh as needed?
we want to make this trip proof that we can enjoy life for all the beauty and wonder the earth has to offer, to find fulfillment in things that have no monetary value.