When we first began our travels, we considered many options as far as getting around U.S.A. and as we continued our travels, we discovered even more. There are a lot of non-traditional options that you may have never considered. They each have their pros and cons. To each their own; one option may work perfectly for one while seeming nearly impossible for another. I wanted to provide many options for foreigners and non-foreigners as a basic idea of how you can get around U.S.A. and hopefully one will pique your interest. Here are some options that we have considered during our travels:
A.J. and I have been fortunate enough to find ourselves in New Orleans, Louisiana twice in one year (it is A.J.’s favorite city). We went to 2017 Mardi gras which ended Feb. 28 and we got to go down again from November 2-13, 2017 for a mini vacation. There were some notable differences that I wanted to share and some advice for anybody looking to go to New Orleans at any time of the year! Please read on for information covering New Orleans and Mardi Gras.
If you like to take long distance road trips, there's a high chance you will be driving through the night. Me and A.J. (husband) take many long distance road trips ranging from mini trips of 4 hours all the way up to our 27 hour drive (our longest straight shot) to Idaho from Ohio. By straight shot I mean we leave our house and don't stop until we get to our destination, besides fast food and gas, switching on and off while sleeping in the car. Even though it's often long drive time, we still prefer driving compared to flying because it's more affordable, we can pack whatever we want, and we have gotten pretty good at it. I used to not even be able to drive 3 hours straight without asking A.J. to switch off, I recently drove 9 hours straight without switching off! We usually start most our trips during the evening. This is because we will usually take say Friday Saturday and Sunday off for a mini trip, if we leave Friday morning for a 10 hour drive, we lose the entire day, however, work will only last until (at the latest) 10 PM on the Thursday before. If we leave at midnight after work that day (for a 10 hour drive), we will make it there on Friday, we will get to our destination by 10 AM on Friday and have the entire day to enjoy that area! With this travel plan, we would both get 5 hours of sleep, which is enough for both of us to still enjoy that whole Friday. This is actually how the majority of our trips go and it works very well for us. There are several pros and con's to driving through the night, though:
On a budget of $40 pp per day, somethings got to give. For our honeymoon traveling U.S.A., we were all about destinations and seeing beautiful places. On this trip we weren't foodies, luxury seekers, massage goers, or relaxers; we were adventurers. Read on to see how we saved money on sleeping and getting around U.S.A.
What we wanted to do on our U.S.A. adventure and what we actually did are two separate things. This is a compilation of the places we actually ended up making it to on our road trip. We couldn't be happier with the places we got to see and it's a good starter list to see U.S.A. The first few places we went on the list were traveled to via car because our RV was in the shop. The rest of the trip was traveled via RV. There was a lot that we learned during our travels that made us change certain aspects of our original itinerary. A few of the reasons we strayed from our original plans:
Mapping out a long term trip is not the easiest thing to do, especially as a beginner with little money. We had to consider cost, how long could we go for, where do we want to go, what will we eat, where will we sleep, etc. These will all be things that I cover in different blogs as I move ahead, but for today, I will be sharing the "official itinerary" that we used as a basis along our trip.
Honeymoons, or any vacations for that matter, take a lot of planning and money. We want them to be perfect and feel as though we haven't wasted our vacation time away from work. My question for you is why not use the most out of every penny you spend? How would you feel if I told you that what you spent on your week-long vacation, I spent over the duration of 2 months? I hope my blog post can inspire some individuals to think about what they are spending their money on and whether they could spend it better when it comes to vacationing. Keep an open mind and read on to see why we spent our honeymoon traveling the United States.