Traveling has been amazing. I’m having a great time and it is also true that sometimes, I’m traveling in a not-so-photogenic way. For every amazing beach I visit, there are also random hours I don’t really have any place to go. I’m either in a random motel or roughin’ it in a Walmart parking lot. Sometimes I go to cute coffee shops, other times, I’m sitting at a grimy laundromat. No one ever posts photos of the less amazing moments but there are plenty of them.
Here are a few tips I’ve learned so far about how to travel if you are roughin’ it:
I joined Planet Fitness mainly because I knew I was going to be doing some traveling. The fitness facilities are fine, nothing fancy but clean. But the best part about Planet Fitness is that they have locations all over the United States (and some in Canada too). For $20/ month, I can go to any facility for a shower. I’ve used it more than once and it’s been great to know I’m never too far from a place where I belong.
My biggest stress is where to stay at night. During the days, I love exploring and can spend hours at a cafe if needed. But at night, I just can’t always afford a motel, especially in California. So, I’ve spent a couple of nights in free campsites. Usually these aren’t actually campsites, they are more like parking lots where you can stay overnight. There are no facilities but you know you won’t be asked to leave midway through the night.
I can smell myself as I write this post. I should have done the laundry a couple of days ago but have been busy and didn’t really think about it. Today though, I can tell I went at least one day too far.
Sure, no one wants to be the smelly kid, but most importantly, clean clothes feel good. If you are feeling crappy, do some laundry. Find some of your normal that you’ve forgotten. It’ll help!
4. Splurge when you need to
I’m traveling on a pretty tight budget but once in a while, I understand the importance of spending money on something like a good meal or a hotel room. Traveling is meant to be fun! Don’t forget that. So if you need to spend outside your budget once in a while, do it. It’s worth it.