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 five months on the road. So how is it going?
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
- Mileage 10/4/11 – 113,663
- Miles this month – 2,708
- Total Miles Driven – 15,188
We’ve done over 15,000 miles for almost FREE, thanks to GoldenFuelSystems.com!
Locations Visited This Month:
- Park City, Utah (Retreat with The Eyres)
- New family size tent from Cascadia Vehicle Tents
- Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
- Hole-in-the-Rock National Monument, Utah
- Dry Creek Slot Canyon, Utah
- Bryce Canyon, Utah
- Dixie National Forest, Utah
- Lake Powell, Arizona
- Navajo Reservation, Arizona
- Grand Canyon, Arizona
- Flagstaff, Arizona
- Prescott, Arizona
- Anthem, Arizona
- Snowflake, Arizona
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
- 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, Twin Falls
- Groceries $353.39 – I tried to focus more this month with buying locally grown food. We also we invited over for a lot of meals.
- Savings $300
- Truck Parts $197.06 – We’re still buying lots of stuff to make improvements on our ‘home’.
- Charity $130.00
- Education $92.06 – Books – about the people/areas we visited
- Personal $112.45 – Clothes, toiletries, propane, showers, launry
- Vehicle Insurance $75.00
- Business Expenses $59.95 – Vimeo Plus membership
- Trip Prep Expenses $54.41 - This includes supplies for my organizational system.
- Dining Out $39.04 – Includes Navajo flatbread and mutton
- Diesel Fuel $15.00
- Diapers $13.97
- Souvenirs – $2.34
Total Monthly Expenses – $1,514.50 (This includes $300 in savings and $197.06 in truck parts)
We really focused on reducing our food bill this month. I started tracking how much we spend per meal and per day (averaging between $20-$30 per day). We ate less (in generally I think we snack way too often), and ate healthier, local, simpler foods. It really worked!
Wait a minute, where’s your fuel expense?
Maybe you noticed? During the last month we only put in about $15 in diesel.
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. This month, CVT upgraded us to the family size Mt. Rainier tent with annex room. Thanks CVT!! – Watch the video by clicking here. Otherwise we stay with family or friends who invite us along the way.
This past month we finally launched our course – 24 Simple Steps to the Lifestyle of Your Dreams (now Living Deliberately: How to Create a Ridiculously Awesome Life). 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.
We’ve been having a lot of adventures and experiencing some wonderful personal growth through them. The quality family time and connection with nature has been incredible.
We have also been meeting some fantastic people who have invited us to stay with them. Thanks!!
Make sure to check out our itinerary to see if we’ll be passing through your city/state. We’d love to meet you!
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.