As I type this post it’s 10 degrees outside with a windchill well below zero. I’m all bundled up with a fleece lined hoodie and sweatpants. My rabbit fur slippers are on my feet that have comfortable cotton crew socks on them. I just pulled the fleece lined hood over my ears. My fingers are cold typing this post. It’s Winter in New England.
So what am I think of, the warmth of Summer in South Carolina of course. I’m planning a trip to visit my sister, Barb, and my South Carolina friends, Mae & Marion Malcolm, who live in North Augusta. My sister lives in Aiken, SC just 5-7 miles from North Augusta.
I’m always on a super tight budget these days so I’ve given much thought to the best way to pull off this 1900 mile round trip. Initially I was tempted to drive my high gas mileage SmartCar so that I could have transportation when I get there. That’s still an option but I soon realized I’d need extra money for at least one night’s sleepover at a motel both ways on this trip. That must also include at least one good meal. The motel & meal add up to more than the cost of gas for each leg. Regular gas is $1.71 a gallon now and I need 25 gallons each way so let’s say $42. Add $50 a night for a cheap motel and $20 for a decent meal and each way I’m looking at around $115. I think I can do better.
With a roundtrip bus ticket I can travel faster, more comfortable and cheaper, about $90 for the whole trip. I can brownbag enough food for each direction and don’t need a lot of “What if I break down?” money. I’m still working on what I do for wheels once I get there. The same kind of traveling is possible by train with a dining car thrown in for at least one good meal. Transportation is again an issue one I destinate.
I’m sure I’ll figure it all out before I need to get serious and start booking travel. Planning is half the fun. 🙂