Live Your Road Trip Dream: Travel for a year for the cost of staying home Paperback – Feb 1 2008
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About the Author
The Whites decided that the time had come for them to live their dream. Once they were on their adventure, people peppered them with questions, not so much about what they were doing (everyone has their own dream!), but about how they actually made it happen. It was with the encouragement of want-to-be traveler's everywhere that this book was created.
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I bought the book because I wanted to figure out how we could take some time off without going broke, and Road Trip Dream succeeded in helping us do just that. We aren't even close to retirement, and this book really helped us to see that a trip like this was possible at our age.
With the release of its second edition, the Whites' book is as vital as ever when it comes to considering every critical aspect of how to plan, execute and live your own road trip dream. Don't even think of embarking on a journey without reading and following the advice laid out by these two seasoned road trippers.
Great Budgeting Information
Based on our own spending habits over the last year, I can vouch for the fact that the book's budgeting methodology is on the money. Their budget's "memory joggers" will help you look at every aspect of road trip living that you'll spend money on, from postage to Internet access. They also spotlight important things to consider, like realizing that you need to plan for fluctuating costs in different regions around the country (for example, campground fees in the east are much higher than in the west).
Get Creative, and Get on the Road NOW!
For working age people like my husband and I, the Whites have included a section about sabbaticals, working from the road, and even "road schooling" for families. The information, suggestions and ideas provided in this section help get a reader's mind around the fact that you don't have to be retired to take time off to travel. With some creativity and flexibility, they illustrate how even working people and families can hit the road. In this edition of the book they've provided a number of resources and ways to research this further.
Keeping In Contact on the Road
Technology changes so much in just a couple of years, and the revised tech section in the book is great. I can appreciate how the Whites do a good job of presenting a general overview of road technologies, without going over the heads of novice users. They did a fabulous job of explaining air cards for internet access, which is what most people end up using on the road. A comprehensive resource section at the end of the book includes lots of great websites to consult.
Hit The Road with the Information You Need
By reading and following the White's advice in Live Your Road Trip Dream, we were able to pull off our journey in the kind of organized, budgeted and well-prepared manner that makes us both comfortable. If we had just taken off without doing our research first, this journey might have ended months ago.
There are so many things to consider and planning for something like this can seem overwhelming. Don't let it. Buy Road Trip Dream, and you will receive the comfort and encouragement that it takes to believe in yourself, and know that you can get your way to living your own road trip adventure.
The second portion of the book, a journal of their year on the road, seemed sketchy and a bit disjointed. There isn't a lot of information on any of the areas visited, so not as useful as it might of been for some actual travel planning. They spent so many nights at hotels that I'm not sure the motor home was a good investment, but the authors thought it was.
If you are considering traveling away from home for an extended period of time, you will find this book a helpful addition to your library along with one or two good travel guides. If, however, you are more interested in reading about traveling the USA in a small RV, Barbara Thacker's books, while older, are fun armchair travel reading along with Ron and Barb Hofmeister's books on full timing in a much larger RV.
Mine is one of relaxation and enjoying the journey as much as the destination. I like to visit an area and soak up some of the local history and flavor. The differences in cultures one encounters while traveling and the resulting broadening of attitudes and outlook are some of the most rewarding aspects of traveling. If you expect every place to be like home then why leave the house? I just got the feeling that their ideal trip is rushing from place to place and booking a room in the resorts the guide books call a "must see." It's like a well-to-do person's version of "America's Most Well-Marketed Hotels." They had an RV for pete's sake that they admittedly forgot how to set up for lack of use.
One of the things that bothered me particularly about the second half of the book - the travelogue section - is a palletable snooty attitude about some of the places they were visiting. In one instance Carol questions why a pristine wilderness area was made into a National Park, and asks the reader "Isn't that the job of the Nature Conservancy?" In another, she turns her nose up at the historical relevance of tobacco in North Carolina, and slams Selma, Alabama for it's treatment of the civil rights movement.
Don't get me wrong. This is a decent book, but isn't the point of taking a road trip to see how things are done in other places - for better or worse - so you can incorporate the best of what you see into your own life and surroundings? I would have thought that a year on the road would help someone understand that what makes us different is what makes us great.
I quickly learned that Phil and Carol White had already thought of these things - and more! In fact, their decision to carefully plan absolutely everything turned this feat (and yes, I do mean feat, as even the most dedicated traveler might be overwhelmed by lack of planning when attempting to vacation for an entire year) from an unrealistic dream into a doable possibility.
Fortunately for the rest of us, the Whites lived their road trip dream with the objective to share with us their experiences, warts and all. Because of their meticulousness, their journals, their detailed accounting, and their willingness to be pioneers of travel, the rest of us can avoid the minor pitfalls and poor decisions that can inconvenience or derail even the tiniest vacation, much less a year-long trip across the country.
Through the Whites we learn about (among a great many other things):
*What to do with your house while you're gone
*Who will take care of your responsibilities while you're on the road
*Traveling with pets
*Choosing a vehicle for the trip
*Packing a year's worth of clothing without dragging along everything you own
Quite possibly the most detailed vacation planning guide you could get your hands on, LIVE YOUR ROAD TRIP DREAM will have you more than wishing you could spend a year away - it will have you actually believing it is possible!
The first half of the book is dedicated to planning for your trip, with tons of advice that could be useful for even shorter trips and proves to be absolutely necessary for a year on the road. The second half is a travel journal of sorts, complete with pictures, that chronicles the White's vacation experience and offers glimpses of what is to be seen in regions literally across the country. Unlike typical travel guides which offer prices and hours of exhibits but little in the way of commentary on what was enjoyable and what was not, LIVE YOUR ROAD TRIP DREAM attacks the vacation experience from a refreshing angle - like that of a trusted neighbor who's just come home from a holiday.
In addition, there is a lengthy appendix at the back of the book that is packed full of worksheets, tip sheets, and templates that would get a prospective year-long traveler well on his way of getting started.
A good resource guide to have around for future vacations of any length, LIVE YOUR ROAD TRIP DREAM is a tempting book for any travel fan. And, who knows? Maybe with the help of Phil and Carol White, your own road trip dream can become a reality.
In this second edition of their award winning, how to - planning guide, the Whites have included new sections with suggestions for taking sabbaticals, working on the road, and ideas for using the trip for teaching your children.
I have often heard that half the fun is in the planning. The White's have divided their book into two parts. "Part One" begins with helps for the reader to determine and put into action the steps for making their own personal dream trip.
Detailed suggestions for financing the trip, provision for your home, cars, and family responsibilities are covered in this section. The pointers on choosing your traveling home, planning your route, nailing down the details, and keeping in touch with the family are comprehensive and practical. Carol offers amazing insight into some decisions that may come up along the way as well as anticipating how to handle possible emergencies.
In "Part Two" Carol shares journals of their journey pointing out the places they visited, highlights of the trip, the ambiance of some of the hotels where they stayed, and items of historical interest. They visited all of the 48 contiguous states, 43 National Parks within these states, and many monuments and museums of historical significance.
Phil added some "Phil-osophies" regarding the sport halls of fame, including golf, some games they watched, and a man's view of many of their stops along the way.
The resource list, the check off lists worksheets, and sample itineraries in the appendix are invaluable.
Carol's writing is engaging and positive, and resonates with a contagious spirit which instills in the reader the motivation to move from a dream, to a plan, to making that dream become a reality.
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