I’ve been planning this trip in my head for about four years. I’ve spent countless hours researching different aspects of road tripping, from where to go, when to go, and how to go, to what types of vehicles and gear we might need. It’s a lot of work to plan a trip of this magnitude.
For this adventure, the bottom line is that we don’t have the resources to do it the way I would like. However, we are still going to do it with what we have… a Mini Cooper.
Now, many of you might be scratching your heads wondering how we’re going to accomplish this with 2 dogs, musical gear (for busking), and camping gear, not to mention our clothes and everything else. Believe me, we’ve been wondering the same thing.
Here’s the plan:
- We will be camping in a tent
- We will be purchasing a box for the top of the Mini to hold additional gear
- We will try to purchase a small trailer to pull behind the Mini if we can find one that fits our budget
- We will minimize until we have only the necessities to take with us
The necessities will still be a lot of stuff, so it’s going to be difficult to fit everything in, but if anyone can do it, it is Rico. That man is a packing genius!
Another thing people might be wondering about is how we’re going to afford to camp and pay for gas, food, dog food, etc. without having traditional jobs. Here’s the plan for that:
- There is a wonderful website (freecampsites.net) that allows you to search a map in whatever area you are in for free or super cheap camping options. I’ve been utilizing it a lot and have the first leg of our journey mapped out, so I’ve noted the places we will be staying along that route. Many of the sites are for boon docking only (camping without any amenities or hookups) so we’ll need to get creative where personal hygiene is concerned, but I’ve got that figured out too, so we’re good.
- I have a Planet Fitness membership that allows me to bring a guest for free at any location. They have showers and free Wi-Fi. We’ll be using this option a lot for sure. We can go work out, shower, use the Wi-Fi to update our social media sites and blog, as well as upload and edit videos and pictures and post them, etc. The membership is less than 25 bucks per month, so it’s a real bargain. They have locations near every single stop we’re planning to make, so it’s a great option for us.
- We’re going to be using solar power for some things (like the NutriBullet) once I get it figured out. I’m looking for help and suggestions on this subject, so if any of you can assist, it will be greatly appreciated.
- Since we’re in a Mini, our gas costs will be minimal.
- We’re going to be busking to pay for our daily expenses, and relying on what we’ve been able to save prior to our departure to fill in the gaps. Additionally, with Rico’s chef abilities, he can pick up some work along the way if we get in a bind. We’re also going to be depending on you – our loyal friends, fans, and family who support us through Patreon.
The bottom line on the money issue is that we will be living much cheaper on the road than we’ve been able to live in DC.
Another thing some of you have been asking me about is my health, and how I’m going to manage on the road.
NOTE: For those of you who do not know, I have Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, IBS, and Chronic Migraine Syndrome.
I’ve been flying without insurance since June, and I’ve been doing okay. I know that’s not long enough to judge how things will be in the future, but the reality is, without a job, I won’t have insurance regardless of whether I stay in one place or move around. I’ve not been able to find a job since my project ended in December, and it doesn’t look like anything is going to change anytime soon, so we’re taking this opportunity to live the life we’ve been dreaming of for years.
I have some natural medication that manages the majority of my symptoms very well, and I have changed a lot in my daily routine and diet to help me lose weight, build strength, and get healthier overall.
Additionally, the stress level we’ve been under for the last however many years will melt away once we’re on the road and are living out our dream. Stress is a major aggravator of my many health issues, so I’m expecting things to improve greatly. Plus, if it ever gets to the point that I can’t manage, we’ll just go home to Texas.
I’ll be updating here via the blog and also doing videos, which I’ll post on YouTube, about the plans and preparations we are making, so stay tuned. We hope to provide a wealth of information for all of you out there who would like to do the same thing someday.