Day 3294 – How Much It Cost To Take A Quick Trip To Long Island

I wrote a really extensive post on my new blog about how much the trip cost, how I planned it in less than 24 hours, and tips you can swipe. Check out the post here.

But for our purposes, here’s a breakdown of the costs!

Total costs
Tickets to the concert – $105.16
Gas on the way out – $26.49
Burger King on the way up – $11.98
Hotel – $157.07
Food at Iavarone Brothers – $39.92
Alcohol for Bret – $41.27 (note this was a bottle of bourbon he also planned to share with a friend later)
Parking at the beach – $10.00
Tour of the lighthouse – $16.00
Parking in the town of Babylon – $1.00 (for four hours!)
Meal at The Villager before the concert – $60.63
Water after the concert – $8.00
Drinks after the concert – $6.53
More drinks after the concert – $3.27
Gas on the way back – $27.03
Tolls – $82.65
Total cost $597.00

Make sure to read the full post to see how I make decisions in planning a road trip!

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Day 3289 – Sneak Peek Of Our Trip!

Wooooo doggie, what a trip! It included pigging out and eating almost an entire (small) cheesecake, an unexpected nude beach, breathtaking views (see below) from the Long Island Lighthouse, one of the best meals and bar experiences we’ve ever had, a super fun (and dusty) concert with Thrice, and great conversations. Stay tuned for more pictures and stories!

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Day 3251 – Happy Birthday To My Road Trip Book!

Wowie, I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since I published my book, Planning an Epic Road Trip on any Budget! (this is an affiliate link, which just means if you buy it or something else on Amazon, I’ll get a small percentage.)

This was by far the easiest book to write and definitely the most enjoyable. I can’t wait to see where this book and the experiences I’ve had since will take me. (Stay tuned, hopefully soon, for my next project!)

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Day 3242 – The Countdown Begins!

I can’t wait to take another Epic Road Trip this summer!!

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Day 3202 – Road Trip Book Preview – How Do You Stay Entertained On The Road? – repost

I’m SO excited about my next book, all about planning a road trip across the country. This is obviously something very close to my heart and I just love giving advice about travel. Part of the book will be a frequently asked questions approach. I wanted to share one of the questions and my answer. If you have a burning question about planning a road trip, let me know below!

Disclaimer, the links to books below are affiliate links. This only means if you decide to purchase the book, we’ll get a percentage. We ONLY share links to things we have personally listened to and recommend.

How do you stay entertained?
One of the most entertaining things we do is listen to audio books. If you have multiple drivers, I would recommend being organized with the audio books. If you are able, use two different audio players. For example, we have two iPods, so we put my books on one and Bret’s on the other. That way, when it’s my turn, my book is already queued up.

Make sure you listen to part of the book before you leave! I’ll listen to about 3-4 minutes of a book to see if I like the author’s voice and if they’ll keep my attention. Biographies read by the author are really, really fun. If you can find one where the author took a road trip, even better. We happened to listen to a biography during our 2016 summer trip, Always Looking Up by Michael J. Fox, and he author talked about a road trip he took with his son and wouldn’t you know, it was on the SAME route that we were on!

On a smaller road trip, I didn’t take my own advice of listening to a few minutes before I left. I ended up with a book that was very interesting, but the reader’s voice was very monotone and wasn’t helping to keep me awake. Unfortunately, it was a night drive and the only book I brought.

Some of our favorite audiobooks have been – The Hunger Games series, the Harry Potter series read by Jim Dale, Born Standing Up by Steve Martin, Always Looking Up by Michael J. Fox, As You Wish by Cary Elwes, Wildflower by Drew Barrymore, to name a few!

We sometimes take a book of questions to ask each other. Writing prompts books are great for this. Or books that ask “What would you rather” or “What if?”

If you will have kids with you on the trip, know what keeps them occupied. Make a game out of the drive – count how many of blue cars we pass or have a bingo game. If you’re traveling in more barren areas, make sure to have bingo for that area.

Bret and I play the alphabet sign game where you call all words from signs in alphabetical order and you can’t repeat other’s words. So it would go like this (note, this is for example purposes only, obviously these signs would be thousands of miles apart:
Jen – Albuquerque! Buffalo Wild Wings!
Bret – Alexandria! Baltimore!
Jen/Bret – California! (whoever says it first gets its)

This is a great game, but it can be terrible if you’re in a stretch with few signs and buildings. I recommend the alphabet sign game near big cities and would you rather/what if games in wide open drives.

Another game we play is the alphabet volley game with movies/entertainment/actors. You have to say a movie/insert category here, the next person uses the last letter of the previous person’s answer.
Jen – All Dogs Go To Heaven, Bret – Next, Jen – Time Cop.

We change the rules depending on how long we want to play. Sometimes it’s just movies, other times it’s a huge realm – any actor, movie, tv show, etc.

Another way to stay entertained is having a good mix of music that you love for the times you want to enjoy the drive. Sometimes you’ll want to focus on what’s around you and not have the distraction of a story. I have a few playlists that I just love for my “thinking and driving” portions.

What about you? How do you stay entertained on the road? Do you have a question about planning a road trip? Let me know below!

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(Note, you’ll notice Yes, Please in this picture. I did listen to part of it, but had to stop it. It was funny, but a little too crass for my tastes.

originally posted 2/1/17

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