Here is where we started:

Day 1

Here is how we ended:

In between Day 1 and Day 40 we have driven from Omaha to Chicago to DC, down the coast and through Florida and back up through the Smoky Mountains ending back in Omaha.  We camped, hiked, learned, Disney-ed, beached, were both too hot and too cold and did a lot of car cooking.  Through it all we survived as a family of 4 in a super small space :)

To be honest I am not ready to be home yet. It is nice to see my own bed and be able to cook a decent meal in my kitchen… but everything else I just don’t feel ready to go back to. I love wandering and am not looking forward to the routine of ‘real life’. I have always thought it would be so cool to figure out a way to make money on the road or hiking.

As far as the money goes we came in really close. Our budget for the trip was $3000 plus $500 for Disney and we came in under by a few dollars (but there was probably a few dollars we missed). We spent about $350 on the doctor and medicine down in Florida that we didn’t count and my mom gave us our anniversary gift to pay for part of Colonial Williamsburg. We ended up doing more hotels than we planned but we did more cooking than we planned as well.

All in all a really awesome trip! We have now been to all but 12 states as a family.

Here are our favorites of the trip:

  • Bryon – Savannah, Smoky Mountains, DC
  • Me – DC, Florida beaches, Smoky Mountains
  • Lily – Vising cousins, celebrating birthday on the trip, Library of Congress
  • Ian – Disney world, visiting cousins, Library of Congress, Savannah

There was lots that we weren’t able to see along our way because of time and lots of areas where we would have spent more time. Maybe we will get out here to explore so more in the future :)

  1. Tom Bickel says:

    I’m curious if you could tell us a little about the kinds of accommodations you used, and what you learned from them. If you have any tips on how to save money in this department, I’d appreciate some advice.

  2. Christina says:

    I’ve enjoyed your road trip blog. Very cool to travel with your kids ,great for homeschooling. I homeschooled my some 1-8 grades and it was fun to do field trips.
    I’m curious though, returning home, I thought you lived in an apartment? Your picture looks very rural…just wondering.

    • Lorilee says:

      hey Christina,

      So glad you enjoyed it! On the location, that is a good question :) We do live in an apartment but I am pretty careful to keep our actual location pretty hidden. Now that I have so many people coming to the blog and I have all my family pictures on it I try to play it safe. I have interior pictures but didn’t want to do outdoor pictures at our apartment.

      The pictures are from my husband’s parents farm which is about 30 minutes away from us. We dropped my husbands work van (holding all his tools) off at their place on the way and picked it up on the way back because we wanted them to keep an eye on it. It worked best to get pictures there. It was also easier because Grandma could hold the camera :)

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