It was April 26, 2011 when we left Homer, Alaska to begin our Epic Expedition – a road trip from Alaska to Argentina.
It’s been just about four months on the road. So what’s our analysis so far? How are we surviving?
How much has it cost us and how far have we driven?
Here’s the breakdown:
Previous Month(s) Expenses
Total Miles Driven:
- Mileage 4/26/11 – 98,475
- Mileage 5/27/11 – 104,345
- Mileage 6/29/11 – 106,404
- Mileage 8/3/11 – 109,286
- Mileage 9/1/11 – 110,955
- Miles this month – 1,669
- Total Miles Driven – 12,480
We’ve done over 12,000 miles for almost FREE, thanks to GoldenFuelSystems.com!
Locations Visited This Month:
- Extended Family Pictures – Morgan, Utah
- Fishing in American Fork Canyon – Utah
- Josh Groban Concert – Salt Lake City, Utah
- (Catching Chickens) Natural Meat Farm – West Jordan, Utah
- Met FamilyonBikes in Boise, Idaho (lost a child at the farmers market!)
- Twin Falls, Idaho
- Base Jumped Perrine Bridge
Locations Visited (Total):
- Homer, Alaska
- Seward, Alaska
- Portage Glacier, Alaska
- Anchorage, Alaska
- Mt. McKinley
- Fairbanks, Alaska
- North Pole, Alaska
- Tok, Alaska
- Canada (Yukon and British Columbia)
- Route 99 to Vancouver
- Pike Place Market – Seattle, Washington
- Whidby Island (the ‘perfect’ day) – Washington
- Mt. Rainier, Washington (Don’t miss the video of Greg and the kids jumping in a lake)
- Mt. St. Helens, Washington
- Oregon Coast + More Oregon Coast
- Camping in Southern Oregon
- Sahalie & Koosah Falls, Oregon
- Crater Lake, Oregon
- California/Oregon Border
- Redwood Forest
- Redding, CA with Adam Baker from ManvsDebt.com
- Nevada (drove through)
- Rocky Mountains (Roof Top Tent)
- Mt. Pleasant, Utah (Calf roping)
- West Yellowstone, Montana
- Yellowstone National Forest
- Jackson Hole, Wyoming
- Cedar Fort, Utah
- Salt Lake City (Utah Arts Festival)
- Morgan, Utah (4th of July)
- 5k Race, West Jordan Utah
- Santa Cruz, California
- Yosemite National Park
- Groceries 930.87 – I tried to focus more this month with buying locally grown food.
- Truck Parts $317.37 – We had to buy parts to install our A/C.
- Charity $255.00
- Business Expenses $218.20 – This includes website hosting for a year, new iPhone, faxes and other misc. expenses.
- Savings $180
- Personal $111.79 – Clothes, shoes, hair supplies, etc.
- Utilities $100.00 – To cover water/laundry, etc.
- Vehicle Insurance $80.00
- Diesel Fuel $67.00
- Diapers $60.53
- Education $52.19 – Books – about Aztecs, Mexico, Food – paper, etc.
- Trip Prep Expenses $42.02 - This includes supplies for my organizational system.
- Adventure $40.00 – Base jumping in Idaho
- Gift $17.66
- Dining Out $8.00
- Misc. $7.78
Total Monthly Expenses – $2,488.41 (This includes $180 in savings and $317.37 in truck parts)
We want to focus on reducing our monthly food bill, which we will be able to do for sure once we cross into Mexico. We also want to focus on eating local foods, so we’ll see how that works into the budget.
Wait a minute, where’s your fuel expense?
Maybe you noticed? During the last month we only put in about $67 in diesel (a little high).
Most of our trip has been done on FREE waste veggie that we collect from restaurants along our way.
What about your ‘accommodations’ expense?
We were generously sponsored by Cascadia Vehicle Tents, so most of the time we sleep in our very comfy roof top tent – Watch the video by clicking here. Otherwise we stay with family or friends who invite us along the way.
This past month we’ve been focusing intently on preparing for the launch of our online course – 24 Simple Steps to the Lifestyle of Your Dreams. It’s almost ready to launch! We’re really excited about it.
We also have some other products and business ideas we’ve been working on, so stay in touch to hear about them when they’re announced.
Make sure to check out our itinerary to see if we’ll be passing through your city/state. We’d love to meet you!
We’re getting ready to depart Utah for good. So far we’ve taken some side trips, but have come back here to continue work on our projects. But we’ll be leaving for good in the coming weeks – tentative departure date of September 11th, after a retreat we’ll be attending in Park City with Best-Selling authors Richard and Linda Eyre.
Until we leave, here’s what we’ll be working on:
- Installing A/C- We’ve got all the parts, just need to spend a day getting it installed.
- Launching our products - one on designing a ‘dream’ family life and the others on How to See Everything for Nothing, and Traveling Mexico and Central America with Your Family.
- We’re also working on another website idea, something for connecting traveling families, as well as website design, and catching up on posts for all our adventures to date.
Mother of five amazing kids, author, family travel expert and full-time traveler. Besides writing about their family travel adventures, Rachel also shares information on The Art of Family Travel, how to Fund Your Lifestyle, and is co-author of the popular book, Living Deliberately: How to Create a Ridiculously Awesome Life.