Of the 17 nights I have spent on the road, away from family... so far... 8 have been at truckstops. An unexpected benefit is that I am eating much better, as I always have dinner there, and ocassionally breakfast as well. It is a relaxing atmosphere, and there are normally other lone travellers in the restaurant who are only too willing to share their story and experiences with you. Throw in a shower now and then, and the cost has averaged out at around $20 per night.
Now that my vehicle has (colour co-ordinated) curtains, I find I have to set the alarm, lest I sleep in.
4 nights have been at motels (total $147.49) and 5 nights with friends.
My budget is in good shape, though I do not expect the above trend to continue as I head off into Canada and on to Alaska.
Lifey who could well become addicted to truckstops