#15 – Michael Joseph – 7000 Miles for under 1000$

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!  THE PODCAST IS GOING MOBILE FOR A MONTH!!!

I KNOW WHAT YOU ARE THINKING!  MIKE WHAT ARE YOU UP TO? 

SINCE IM FURLOUGHED, FOR THE NEXT MONTH OR LONGER, I FIGURED I’D TAKE SOME TIME AND TRAVEL AROUND FOR SOME CAMPING, HIKING, GO VISIT MY PARENTS ETC. 

I’M NOT GOING TO GET THIS TIME BACK. I FIGURE IT’S A WAY FOR ME TO TRAVEL, ENJOY AMERICAS NATURAL BEAUTY AND SOCIAL DISTANCE CORRECTLY WHILE TRAVELING. 

MY TRIP WILL BE ROUGHLY 7000 MILES!  I’LL CROSS THROUGH  11 STATES AND VISIT 8 NATIONAL PARKS! ILL BE DOING PODCAST EPISODES FROM MY SUBARU GIVING YOU UPDATES ON MY SPENDING AND HOW I AM ABLE TO BUDGET FOR AN EXTENSIVE TRIP LIKE THIS 

WHAT ARE MY RULES OF THE CHALLENGE? 

RULE 1: CAN’T SPEND OVER 1000$ MY EXPENSES (FOOD, GAS, SHELTER) WILL ALL HAVE TO BE UNDER 1000$. THE AVERAGE PRICE PER GALLON IN THE US IS CURRENTLY AROUND 2$ PER GALLON.  7000 MILES DIVIDED BY 350 MILES PER TANK IS ROUGHLY 20 FILL UPS. MY TANK IS 15 GALLONS SO THE AVERAGE COST WOULD PUT ME AT AROUND 600$ FOR THE WHOLE TRIP! THAT LEAVES ME WITH 400$ OR ROUGHLY 100$ PER WEEK TO DO THIS THING.

RULE 2: I HAVE TO BE AVAILBLE FOR COACHING.  IF YOU ARE IN ONE MY CURRENT COACHING PROGRAMS OR CONSIDERING JOING FOR JUNE OR JULY, HAVE NO FEAR, I AM STILL HERE!  I WILL HAVE AT LEAST TWO DAYS A WEEK WHERE I AM STATIONARY AND AVAILABLE TO HELP PEOPLE, WORK ON MY CONTENT, MY PODCAST ETC!

RULE 3: NO HOTELS, I HAVE A PRETTY SWEET CAR CAMP SET UP.   I CAN SLEEP IN MY CAR. SHOWER AT FRIENDS PLACES ETC. CMON SOCIAL DISTANCING YALL.

RULE 4: YOU HAVE TO DOCUMENT THIS BAD BOY. I HAVE TO TAKE A PICTURE EVERY SINGLE DAY AND POST IT SO ALL OF YOU LOVELY PEOPLE CAN SEE WHERE I AM AND WHAT I AM UP TO. CHECK ME OUT ON INSTAGRAM USING THE HANDLE PODCAST SAVINGS IF YOU WANT SOME COOL UPDATES EVERYDAY! 

RULE 5:   THIS IS PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE!  I HAVE TO ROCK A SWEET ROAD TRIP STASCHE.  I HAVE BEEN GROWING A PANDEMIC BEARD THE LAST COUPLE MONTHS AND ITS TIME TO SHED SOME WEIGHT! 

MIKE WHATS YOUR PLAN? DO YOU EVEN HAVE ONE? 

GOOD QUESTION! YES AND NO.  ITS VERY LOOSE RIGHT NOW. NOT IN TERMS OF WHERE I AM GOING, BUT WHEN I WILL BE THERE! 

IM GUESSING THIS TRIP WILL BE  3-4 WEEKS IF I HIT MY TIMELINE CORRECTLY! 

SO HERES MY PLAN: DRUMROLLL (INSERT DRUMROLL)

ON SATURDAY – OR A COUPLE DAYS AGO FOR THOSE LISTENING, I WILL HEAD DOWN OUT OF THE SIERRA MOUNTAINS FROM WHERE I LIVE IN TRUCKEE AND HEAD EAST TOWARD SLC. DEPENDING ON TIMING I MIGHT CAMP UP IN PARK CITY UTAH FOR THE NIGHT.

THEN IM HEADING TO HIT 3 OF THE BIG 4 PARKS IN UTAH (BRYCE CANYON, ARCHES, CANYONLANDS) 

SUPER EXCITED FOR THIS, I HAVE WANTED TO HIT THE UTAH PARKS FOR A LONG TIME! 

THEN IM OFF TO COLORADO, MIGHT CATCH SOME TURNS AT A-BASIN SKI RESORT, AND THEN IM HEADED DOWN TO DENVER AND UP TO ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK! 

THEN DOWN THROUGH NEW MEXICO TO HIT WHITE SANDS NATIONAL MONUMENT AND OVER TO GUADALUPE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK IN TEXAS. THEN DOWN TO BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK FOR A COUPLE DAYS.

THEN OVER TO CENTRAL TEXAS TO STOP AND SAY HELLO TO SOME FRIENDS, AND THEN STRAIGHT UP TO ILLINOIS TO VISIT THE PARENTS AND ENJOY SOME QUALITY TIME ON THE LAKE.

I’LL PROBABLY HANG OUT FOR A WEEK THERE, AND HEAD STRAIGHT WEST BACK TO COLORADO THEN NORTH UP TO GRAND TETONS AND YELLOWSTONE IN WYOMING!

MONTANA IS RIGHT THERE! I MIGHT POP UP AND GO BACK TO GLACIER NATIONAL PARK. I HAVEN’T DECIDED YET! 

THEN SOUTH THROUGH IDAHO UTAH AND NEVADA TO PULL BACK INTO TRUCKEE! 

ITS GOING TO BE A LONG BOY! 

WHEN DO I LEAVE? 

FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK I LEFT TWO DAYS AGO.  BY THE TIME THIS GOES LIVE.  I WILL ALREADY BE TWO DAYS INTO MY TRIP, SO SOMEWHERE IN UTAH IM ASSUMING. 

THE CONTENT WILL STILL BE COMING OUT WEEKLY, JUST BE PREPARED FOR THE FACT THAT IM TURNING MY CAR INTO MY MOBILE STUDIO!  I WILL MOST LIKELY STILL HAVE GUEST EPISODES WITH THESE SPRINKLED IN! WE’LL SEE!  

I’M NOT COMPLETELY OFF THE GRID SO PLEASE REACH OUT OR SHOOT ANY QUESTIONS TO SUSTAINABLESAVINGSPODCAST@GMAIL.COM

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