I’ve never been extra grateful to have a powerful community behind me than when issues go sideways.
I wrote previously that I was very honored and excited to get to talk at this 12 months’s Chautauqua in Ecuador. I was honored and excited proper up till it bought cancelled toughly 36 hours earlier than I was going to depart for the occasion. The indigenous peoples of Ecuador felt the government was deal withing them poorly and never listening to their aspect of issues, so that they agreed the one approach they might be heard was to make their presence felt and block all the key roads till the government agreed to speak to them. Fairly justifiably so, in my opinion. The reasoning behind the occasion getting cancelled was past our control, so there wasn’t a lot use in getting mad or upset in regards to the sudden change in plans.
Nonethemuch less, that left me with two weeks vacation from work and my mother on the way in which down to remain at my place to handle the cat for me whereas I was away. The Galapagos a part of the journey wasn’t cancelled, however it didn’t make sense for me to take one week off after which hopscotch my approach throughout North and South America on 5 different flights for a week earlier than I needed to do it another time and are available dwelling. So… what to do on little discover and even much less cash?
It had been a very long time since I’d seen my good friend Stephen (the founding father of the awesome Camp FI occasions) so I thought I’d go see him, hang around for a few days, and take a look at the neighborhood his cohousing mission is figureing on acquiring in case I need to transfer there sooner or later when it will get going. My finest good friend from college was tremendous excited I’d be so near her, however I mayn’t see her if I flew and her schedule didn’t line up with Stephen’s. However then I actualized not solely may I see her if I drove, however I may see other pals alongside the way in which and BOOM! The Nice American Highway Journey of 2022 was born.
A number of Instagram messages, textual content messages, and cellphone calls later, my journey was all set. I spent 14 days on the highway driving about 3,700 miles to see pals all around the East Coast. I wouldn’t have been in a position to make this happen without the connections and the webwork I’ve fashioned over time of being within the FI community. I’m grateful to know so many people who had been flexible, willing and needing to see me final minute when my original plans didn’t work out.
Likeclever, to these I know on this community, when you ever cross via St Louis on a drive of your personal, know that you’re greater than welcome to crash with me and Bartholomew. It is a very reciprocal kinda factor lest anyone assume I take advantage of the people I know and never give again. I’m excited to see pals on their highway journeys for 2 different days in July and a third visit in August. I’m proper downcity in St Louis with straightforward interstate entry and a spare parking spot in my parking storage! 🙂
I stayed one night time at each cease with one exception. That meant a lot of driving, however I have a new-to-me automotive that’s tremendous enjoyable to drive, and I discover driving very meditative so I didn’t actually thoughts. (So long as I was moving and never caught in a traffic jam that added an hour onto my drive to go ten miles like happened the final day in Indiana.)
So as, I went to:
Warner Robins, GA
Kokomo, IN (Not the Seaside Boys Kokomo!)
Among the people I visited I know via my very own life experiences, like former coworkers or family. Most people I visited had been pals via this on-line PF community, so I’d never been to their houses earlier than. (And most have never been to my place, both.) I discovered it was actually nice to have the ability to sit down with my pals and have actually nice, mostly uninterrupted conversations. We usually meet up at occasions the place there are far too many awesome people to speak to in far too little time, so conversations are usually sporadic and interrupted as other people arrive or one among us leaves for some breakout speak. I actually loved the opportunity to have deep conversations with eachone. Plus, this was additionally their comfort zone, so I really feel like I bought to know my pals guesster. Plus, anytime you see your folks in PJ’s earlier than cofcharge is getting to see the actual them. I bought to fulfill spouses, see how they decorated their living areas, meet children and pets and see a snippet of day by day life for pals. Since most of my stops had been to people within the FI community, there was a lot extra flexibility in availability than normal which meant we had a likelihood to exit and do an activity or discover their area people.
I stayed with someone I knew at each cease apart from one. I didn’t know anyone in upstate NY on the final minute, so I booked a camping website on Hipcamp and had a nice time chill outing in nature in my tent for a night. Seeing pals is tremendous amazing and energizing, however it’s additionally actually good to only sit in an Adirondack chair in entrance of a camphearth as properly.
Ideas and Highlights of the Journey
At every cease, I did somefactor with a good friend that was reflective of me and my relationship to that person. I went to a barcade, had delicious connoisseur meals from talented pals, walked round greater than a few downcity areas, went bowling, went to a minor league baseball sport (the place I happened to run into someone I’d recognized since I was 7 years previous!), toured a home on the market, went to a farmer’s market, took a lengthy stroll down the Hudson River, went mini-golfing, performed video video games, went to Prime Golf and simply generally loved myself for 2 weeks.
Meals consumed covered native meals like Nashville Sizzling Chicken, Thai, Vietnamese, Ethiopian, Mexican and the usual American fare like burgers. I was additionally in a position to visit tasty gluten-free restaurants and revel in treats pals made for me like gf peach cobbler, gf blueberry muffins and gf clementine cupdesserts. Surprisingly, I didn’t achieve any weight as a result of I was additionally doing energetic issues at most locations. (I even set a personal step report in NYC at 22k steps!)
Some memorable quotes from pals included gems corresponding to “Automotive don’t care” and “Life is Uncertain — Eat Dessert First”. I had a system arrange for my stuff within the automotive. I probably introduced greater than I wanted, however as my good friend stated, the automotive don’t care what you place in it. I had a large swimsuitcase behind the automotive with all my garments in it. At every cease, I would get out what I wanted for the night time and the following day and put it in my a lot smaller in a single day bag. I had a cooler within the againseat that had an insulated bag in it the place I saved issues just like the aforemalestioned tasty treats people made me and the meals I introduced alongside to eat on the highway. I didn’t cease at one quick meals restaurant whereas on the highway. As a substitute, I would pull over for fuel or a restroom break and get out meals from the cooler like fruit, cheese, meat, and a few type of chip or snack combine. A lot low-coster, a lot guesster for you, and approach sooner than idling in a quick meals drive through. At every cease I’d herald my in a single day bag, my meals bag, and my ebookbag. This made it approach easier to maintain monitor of my stuff and so far as I know, I didn’t depart anyfactor behind (which is a fewfactor I was notorious for doing previously). A little area within the fridge and freezer for my meals stuffs to remain chilly was additionally useful.
Is This a Cash Weblog or Not!?
Obviously I saved monitor of the money spent whereas on the journey. I reasoned if I was willing to spend $1k on a airplane ticket to somethe place, I may afford a few tanks of fuel and other miscellaneous expenses to see pals. Expenses had been:
I finished up spending greater than I thought I would, however only a shade over $1k for 14 days away from house is actually, actually good. It averaged out to about $75 a day. The average value of a gallon on the journey was toughly $4.65. The lowest I paid for fuel was $4.09 in Macon, GA and the excessiveest was $4.89 in upstate NY. I did see fuel for $3.99, however I additionally noticed fuel at $5.40. You’ll want to use apps like FuelBuddy and iExit to ensure you can find the place a budgeter fuel stations are. Additionally control state borders. Taxes range wildly from state to state. It was value it to push my tank to E to get fuel for $4.33 in Paducah, KY versus paying $5.40 in Illinois. At every cease, I tryed to pay for our activities or meals. Someoccasions I was in a position to, someoccasions I wasn’t. However I definitely didn’t need to come off as a freeloader and needed to thank my pals for letting me crash of their spare room, on the sofa within the living room, or within the basement.
All in all, I had a gainedderful time visiting pals and seeing the rangeing beautiful landscapes of the East Coast. Since I’m from the Midwest, I are inclined to get excited after I see anyfactor even distantly resembling a mountain. I drove via not less than 4 sepafee mountain ranges in order that was tremendous exciting. Much less exciting for me was driving via the Holland Tunnel into Manhattan, however I survived!
I want I had been in a position to give my speak about The Power of Flexibility and Adaptability on the Path to Financial Independence, however honestly I really feel like all of us lived it by having the complete journey cancelled. Ironic, eh? Fortunately, I had no plans for Labor Day this 12 months, so I will as a substitute be giving my speak at Camp FI: Midwest in Minnesota! Come hang around with me and dozens of other cool people at a camp in Minnesota when you’re obtainable!
As at all times, thanks for learning! Have you ever taken any cool journeys this 12 months? Pontificate within the comments under!