I’m at the point in my trip planning where I need to figure out how much this thing is going to cost realistically.  Two and a half month trip
around the country sure can take a toll on your pocketbook.  I am looking into how to get sponsorship for my trip, and first things first; I need to figure out how much this thing is going to cost. 

                The very first tentative route I’m going to take has me starting my trip in Detroit on April 5th and ending in Detroit on June  15th.  That is 71 days total from start to finish.  If I had a budget of $100
dollars a day for food ($50 for me $50 for Melissa), that equals $7,100 for food.  Geeze, that’s a lot of food.  As Melissa pointed out we don’t have to eat out all the time so we can save money off that bill.  But just for this equation we will eat $100 a day in food.  If we got an $80 a night hotel room every single night of the trip we would spend $5,680 in places to sleep.  Gas prices are hard to predict.  It will be an over 10,000 mile journey so I’m going to say $2,500 in fuel.  I also assume about $2,000 in extra expenses.  Those expenses sum up to $17,280.  I’m just going to do myself a favor and round up to $20,000.  The scary thing about this total is it’s without a car.  I’m hoping to be able to work with an American car company, test out their product on the trip, and blog about it.  I will have to put some more work in over the next few days and see how much it would cost with rental cars. 
Have you ever heard of a website called Kickstarter.com.  I love this website.  It’s a way for young musical artist, poets, writers, etc. to get their projects financed.  What the artist (or anybody looking to finance a project) does is offer some level of rewards in return of a monetary donation from a donor.  For example, my favorite ever musical artist
Five Times August, wanted to raise money to produce and distribute his CD.  He needed $20,000.  He offered a digital download of a song for $5, a digital download of the album for $10, a t-shirt for $25, etc. etc.  The first time he did the project he raised the $20,000 and was able to release the CD.  A year later he tried it again but fell short of his $20,000 goal so the people who pledged their money never had to pay.  But they never got their rewards either.  There is also an international website that is basically the same, indiegogo.com.  I
have supported an artist by the name of Susan Johnson through that website. 
I think kickstarter would be an excellent way to try to reach my goal.  There’s just one GIANT problem.  I’m not the most creative person in the world and I’m not sure what I would have to offer to people to  reward them for their donations.  Do you have any ideas?  Would you like to pitch in and give me something I can offer to the donors?  This is just one area where I think I could raise some money.  Any ideas for raising a few dollars? 
I love this project.  Not only because I’m going to accomplish my dream but also because it raises so many challenges.  I can’t wait to tackle them all and earn such an amazing trip! 


Check out the following websites:

Five Times August- www.fivetimesaugust.com

Kickstarter- www.kickstarter.com

Indie go go- www.indiegogo.com

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Comment by Chuck Booth (35) ALL 30/23 DAYS! on September 29, 2011 at 5:00pm

Hey RJ,


When you get back home make sure you message me right away, I can help you with your planning.  You will not need $50 a day for food I guarantee it.  I averaged about $20-25 per day.  You can Priceline hotels in cities of choice and win bids for $30-$50.  I have lots of time to help you man.  You should be able to knock off that total in half without any sponsorship even.  Eventually, with some good planning the trip wont cost much once the sponsors do come on board.  You have some of the best travelers in the country here all willing to help a soldier.

Comment by Tim Choiniere on September 26, 2011 at 12:20pm
If you end up driving your car for the entire trip, bring camping gear and camp a majority of the nights. Some campgrounds even have showering facilities. This will bring that cost significantly down. Look into hostels as well as they can be dirt cheap.


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