So, where would I go, what would I do and how would I make my £1000 last as long as possible? And what epic activity would we do?
Well, here we go - we (hubby, 2 children and I) would hire a campervan and drive across America following most of Route 66! Starting in Los Angeles, California, we would travel by road visiting 8 states before arriving in Chicago, Illinois. A total of 2448 miles! Although we would be driving it from the end to the beginning(!), we would still capture the essence of America in one epic journey! This icon of American culture and widely varied landscapes, for us, is a once in a lifetime experience. I'm pretty good at making my pounds & dollars stretch as far as possible, so here's how we would do it!
The fuel for the trip would cost about £338 ($541) and the one-way hire fee is about another £126 ($200) so the total cost of the vehicle and fuel is £772.
As the vehicle hire is a large chunk of the budget, we would take advantage of the many, many things that are situated on Route 66 that you can see and visit free of charge!
We would plan to drive about 175 miles per day - some days a little more, some days a little less. The basic plan goes a little like this....
Los Angeles (California) to Las Vegas (Nevada) to the Grand Canyon (Arizona) to Holbrook (Arizona) to Albuquerque (New Mexico) - slight detour to Santa Fe! - to Amarillo (Texas) to Oklahoma City (Oklahoma) to Tulsa (Oklahoma) to Springfield (Missouri) to St. Louis (Missouri) and finishing in Chicago (Illinois). I can feel a song or two coming on after that list!
A few must-sees on the way... free, of course!
|Amboy Crater - California|
|The Grand Canyon, Arizona|
|The Rainbow Forest Museum - Arizona|
|St. Francis Cathedral - New Mexico|
|The Big Texan - Texas|
|U-Drop Inn - Texas (the inspiration for Ramone's House of Body Art - Disney/Pixar Cars)|
|Ramone's House of Body Art - Disney/Pixar Cars|
|Cadillac Ranch - Texas|
|The Leaning Water Tower - Texas|
|Devil's Rope Museum - Texas|
|The World's Largest Rocking Chair - Missouri|
|Hayes Shoe Store - Missouri|
|Viva Cuba Mural Project - Missouri|
|Jefferson National Expansion Memorial - Missouri|
|Chain of Rocks Bridge - Illinios/Missouri|
|Willis Tower - Chicago|
|Wigwam Motel - California|
|Lowell Observatory - Arizona|
We would visit the Round Barn at Arcardia, Oklahoma, where we would "Buy a Brick" for £32 ($50) to commemorate our trip and thanks to MoneySupermarket!
An overnight stay for an RV and a cavern tour at Meramec Caverns - The Jesse James Hideout - for 2 adults and 2 children would cost £53 ($84).
|Meramec Caverns - Missouri|
We would definitely visit the town of Normal as I've always wondered what Normal is like...!
The remainder of our money would pay for any treats and trinkets along the way... and so that's our "Grand Adventure"!
So how about you? What would be your ideal "Grand Adventure"? Let's see if any other blogger's will share their "Grand Adventure"... Missing Sleep, Really Rachel & 4 Munchkins Plus Mummy.