Awhile ago I shared a bucket list of things to do before turning 30. I made this list when I was 17 and 30 sounded really far away. Now it’s right around the corner! One of my goals was to make it to all 50 states. After thousands of miles of road trips across the United States, I have seven states left to visit: New Mexico. Oregon, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Alaska and Hawaii. For better or worse, I’ve ruled out making it to Hawaii and Alaska, since I don’t think I’ll get over my fear of flying in time. Maybe that’s a bucket list item for before 40.
I’m calling this blogging/road trip/bucket list project 48×30. And I’m going to be sharing about it every step of the way.
Personally I find the nuts and bolts of a blogging project interesting. Nothing happens over night, and big things like this take months of planning, or in this case, years. I think it’s a waste to see only the finished project and miss out on the guts of a trip. The days spent emailing and saving up the money. And agonizing over routes and what car to take or not to take.
Right now I’m trying to figure out if I want to drive or take the train. Luckily Amtrak goes everywhere I need to be. Plus they sell a 30 day pass. However, if my first Amtrak experience taught me anything, it’s that sleeping in a train seat is the worst. OK, not the worst, but pretty bad. There’s lots of people who say get sleeper car, but have you seen how much those things cost?! It pretty much doubles or triples the price of the ticket. Not exactly budget friendly.
And then there’s the good ole automobile. My only concern about driving this time is that there will obviously be a lot of hours spent simply trying to get to the states I have to check off the list, which may detract from the time I can spend exploring and seeing these states. Obviously there are pros and cons to either option, so it’s just a matter of deciding what works best.
So that’s where I’m at right now! I hope to share more about the trip in the coming weeks. If there’s any questions you have, please leave them in the comments!