Hubby and I started doing some major road tripping about 9 years ago. The first trip we took was a 9 day excursion through canyon country. He had lived in Hite, Utah at the north-eastern end of Lake Powell, but I had never been south of Salt Lake City.
We loaded up our Buick and hit the road. We visited Zion, Bryce, Moab, Canyonlands, Lake Powell……. We stayed at places like Motel 6, Super 8 and Days Inn. Holiday Inn Express was a major luxury to us. We ate fast food and peanut butter and jelly and made use of continental breakfast when available. We were much more frugal back then. I think that first 9 day trip cost around $1200.
Over the years we became less and less frugal during our travels. I think the most we ever spent on a road trip was $8000. But we had loads of fun and have seen so many places…….I don’t regret a dime of it. It’s just that now we have to learn to travel frugally again. Or stay home. Since we love to travel, I’d rather find ways to travel on the cheap than to eliminate it all together.
We’re currently planning a week-long trip to the desert. It’s one of our favorite places to visit and we’ve picked out some areas we haven’t hiked before. It will be fun to explore new regions. BUT we’re on a strict budget. That means no more staying at $200/night hotels…..no more $100 dining experiences…..no more taking the comfy but gas guzzling Expedition…..no more buying whatever strikes our fancy.
In some ways it’s disappointing but in others it’s exciting. It will be a new adventure to travel on the cheap. We’ll head back to Super 8 and Days Inn. We’ll pack a lot of our own food along and limit our eating out to once a day. We’ll stuff all of our gear into the Vibe to conserve fuel. It might not be the kind of trip that we’ve become accustomed to but we’ll be together and we’ll be doing something that we love.
We’re thinking of heading out in a few weeks so I’ll try to give an update on how the budget travel is going as it gets closer.
Should be an adventure!!!