Results of My Solo Travel on a Budget

I have gone back and forth on this post. I framed this trip up as a project to experiment with traveling on a budget. What it was under the surface was a time of horrible discord with the person I was in a relationship with at the time. It was a trip that originally he was going to be on with me. And it ended up just being me and the dog. 

He’s always trying to steal the driver’s seat!

Still, I tried to make the best of it. No matter how my heart felt, I wanted to keep my eye on my financial goals and cash flow the entire thing. This is when it is easiest for me to buy a bunch of crap I don’t need and throw it on a credit card to feel better. There was no way I was doing that this time. 

I had two nights of my trip set to spend at my brother’s house, and three nights in very reasonably prices KOA cabins. I had a cooler full of food, and a bunch of Cliff Bars, fruit, nuts, and other snacks to help keep me out of restaurants. My gas tank was full and I was ready to go! 

I was gone for four nights instead of five, and here are my totals:

Lodging: $169.89

Gas: $121.82

Food: $50.68

Pet related: $17.55

Entertainment: $11.00

I ended up eating $56.32 on lodging because I left a day early. It was worth it – I wasn’t happy with it, and I wanted to be back with my brother’s family. 

Of all the money I spent, the best was $10 for an outdoor tasting at the Wild Turkey Distillery! 


The Smoky Mountain National Park was free to get in to so that time didn’t cost anything at all.

I learned that I can travel on the cheap. I learned that I can have financial control even when my heart hurts. And I learned that I’m ready for my future travel plans to be with a partner. I saw some beautiful things, but the experience will be sweeter with the right person standing next to me. 

I came out of this with no added debt, completion of my emergency fund ahead of schedule, and renewed clarity on my life in general. On to the next chapter. 

5 thoughts

  1. Some of the best trips can be with the company of your fur companion! That’s so awesome of you to take the trip anyways. Keep your head up, you got this!

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