HAWAII

HAWAII VACATION OUTDOOR TRAVEL BLOG: Independent traveler's guide to planning a Hawaii vacation. Best islands in Hawaii, America

MAUI HAWAII OUTDOOR TRAVEL BLOG: Independent traveler's guide to Maui. Backpacking Maui Hawaii

BIG ISLAND HAWAII OUTDOOR TRAVEL BLOG: Independent traveler's guide to the Big Island. Backpacking Big Island Hawaii

Hawaii travel blog: Oahu travel tips. Backpacking Hawaii. United States US travel guide, USA

LANAI HAWAII OUTDOOR TRAVEL BLOG: Independent traveler's guide to Lanai. Backpacking Lanai Hawaii

US national park travel blog: hawaii national park, hawaii volcanoes national park

US national park travel blog: hawaii national park, haleakala national park

 

 

ROAD TRIP ACROSS AMERICA

Since the summer of 2020, I have spent a lot of miles on America’s roads.

This includes the roads of Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

I have also spent many nights sleeping in America’s great outdoors, tent camping or car camping.

This includes the great outdoors of Florida, Idaho, Michigan, North Carolina, North Dakota, New York, South Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

I hope this mileage that I’ve accumulated and nights that I’ve spent sleeping outdoors helps you in planning your trip!

 

florida road trip to tamiami trail

Best Ocala National Forest springs. Best things to do in Ocala National Forest. Best springs in Florida. Prettiest springs in Ocala National Forest. Prettiest springs in Florida. florida travel blog

florida road trip to miami beach. road trip america

florida road trip to florida keys. road trip america

national park road trip to great smoky mountains national park

Road trip across America blog: florida road trip. road trip USA. US outdoor travel blog

Road trip across America blog: new york road trip. road trip USA. US outdoor travel blog

Road trip across America blog: michigan road trip. road trip USA. US outdoor travel blog

road trip across america from mount rushmore to yellowstone

Road trip across America blog: north dakota road trip. road trip USA. US outdoor travel blog

Road trip across America blog: south dakota road trip. road trip USA. US outdoor travel blog

Road trip across America blog: wyoming road trip. road trip USA. US outdoor travel blog

Road trip across America blog: idaho road trip. road trip USA. US outdoor travel blog

Road trip across America blog: arizona road trip. utah road trip USA. US outdoor travel blog

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK OUTDOOR TRAVEL BLOG: Independent traveler's guide to Great Smoky Mountains National Park

US outdoor travel blog: hawaii road trip USA. US outdoor travel blog

 

 

CAMPING ACROSS AMERICA

Road trip across America blog: new york camping road trip. tent camping. rv camping. road trip USA. US outdoor travel blog

Road trip across America blog: michigan camping road trip. tent camping. rv camping. road trip USA. US outdoor travel blog

Road trip across America blog: south dakota camping road trip. tent camping. rv camping. road trip USA. US outdoor travel blog

Road trip across America blog: south dakota camping road trip. camping cabins. road trip USA. US outdoor travel blog

Road trip across America blog: wyoming camping road trip. national forest cabins. road trip USA. US outdoor travel blog

oad trip across America blog: florida camping road trip. national forest camping. road trip USA. US outdoor travel blog

outdoor travel in America blog: hawaii camping trip. hawaii cabin trip. US outdoor travel blog

 

 

MICHIGAN ROAD TRIP

MICHIGAN NATIONAL LAKESHORE PARKS OUTDOOR TRAVEL BLOG: Independent traveler's guide to Michigan national lakeshore parks

UPPER PENINSULA MICHIGAN ROAD TRIP OUTDOOR TRAVEL BLOG: Independent traveler's guide to Upper Peninsula Michigan

MICHIGAN LIGHTHOUSES OUTDOOR TRAVEL BLOG: Independent traveler's guide to Michigan lighthouses on Lake Superior of the Great Lakes

PICTURED ROCKS NATIONAL LAKESHORE OUTDOOR TRAVEL BLOG: Independent traveler's guide to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore park

SLEEPING BEAR DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE PARK OUTDOOR TRAVEL BLOG: Independent traveler's guide to Sleeping Bear Dunes national lakeshore park in Michigan

PORCUPINE MOUNTAINS STATE PARK OUTDOOR TRAVEL BLOG: Independent traveler's guide to Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

KEWEENAW PENINSULA OUTDOOR TRAVEL BLOG: Independent traveler's guide to Keweenaw Peninsula

MICHIGAN OUTDOOR TRAVEL BLOG: Independent traveler's guide to Michigan vacation spots - Grand Marais MI

MICHIGAN OUTDOOR TRAVEL BLOG: Independent traveler's guide to Michigan vacation spots - South Haven beach town

Road trip across America blog: michigan road trip to lake michigan. road trip USA. US outdoor travel blog

Road trip across America blog: michigan road trip to lake superior. road trip USA. US outdoor travel blog

michigan road trip to best upper peninsula michigan hikes. road trip USA. US outdoor travel blog

MICHIGAN CAMPING OUTDOOR TRAVEL BLOG: Independent traveler's guide to camping in Michigan

 

 

NORTH DAKOTA ROAD TRIP

Road trip across America blog: north dakota road trip to theodore roosevelt national park. road trip USA. US outdoor travel blog

Road trip across America blog: north dakota road trip for north dakota hiking trip. road trip USA. US outdoor travel blog

 

 

SOUTH DAKOTA ROAD TRIP

Road trip across America blog: south dakota road trip. road trip USA. US outdoor travel blog

SOUTH DAKOTA OUTDOOR TRAVEL BLOG: Independent traveler's guide to south dakota badlands national park

SOUTH DAKOTA OUTDOOR TRAVEL BLOG: Independent traveler's guide to south dakota mount rushmore national memorial park

SOUTH DAKOTA OUTDOOR TRAVEL BLOG: Independent traveler's guide to south dakota black hills

Road trip across America blog: south dakota road trip to wind cave national park. road trip USA. US outdoor travel blog

SOUTH DAKOTA OUTDOOR TRAVEL BLOG: Independent traveler's guide to south dakota jewel cave national monument park

SOUTH DAKOTA OUTDOOR TRAVEL BLOG: Independent traveler's guide to south dakota wildlife and bighorn sheep

Road trip across America blog: south dakota camping road trip. tent camping. rv camping. road trip USA. US outdoor travel blog

SOUTH DAKOTA OUTDOOR TRAVEL BLOG: Independent traveler's guide to camping in south dakota badlands national park

 

 

WYOMING ROAD TRIP

WYOMING OUTDOOR TRAVEL BLOG: Independent traveler's guide to planning wyoming road trip

WYOMING OUTDOOR TRAVEL BLOG: Independent traveler's guide to wyoming yellowstone national park

WYOMING OUTDOOR TRAVEL BLOG: Independent traveler's guide to wyoming grand teton national park

WYOMING OUTDOOR TRAVEL BLOG: Independent traveler's guide to wyoming devils tower national monument park

WYOMING OUTDOOR TRAVEL BLOG: Independent traveler's guide to wyoming snowy range scenic byway, medicine bow national forest

WYOMING OUTDOOR TRAVEL BLOG: Independent traveler's guide to wyoming hiking to alpine lakes

 

 

IDAHO ROAD TRIP

IDAHO OUTDOOR TRAVEL BLOG: Independent traveler's guide to idaho craters of the moon national monument park

IDAHO OUTDOOR TRAVEL BLOG: Independent traveler's guide to idaho lava tubes craters of the moon caves

IDAHO OUTDOOR TRAVEL BLOG: Independent traveler's guide to idaho mesa falls scenic byway, targhee national forest

 

 

NEBRASKA ROAD TRIP

Road trip across America blog: nebraska road trip. road trip USA. US outdoor travel blog

 

 

SOUTHWEST ROAD TRIP

SOUTHWEST NATIONAL PARK ROAD TRIP OUTDOOR TRAVEL BLOG: Independent traveler's guide to southwest national parks in Arizona and Utah

BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK OUTDOOR TRAVEL BLOG: Independent traveler's guide to Bryce Canyon National Park

ZION NATIONAL PARK OUTDOOR TRAVEL BLOG: Independent traveler's guide to Zion National Park

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK OUTDOOR TRAVEL BLOG: Independent traveler's guide to Grand Canyon National Park

SOUTHWEST NATIONAL PARK OUTDOOR TRAVEL BLOG: Independent traveler's guide to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

 

 

NEW YORK ROAD TRIP

NEW YORK OUTDOOR TRAVEL BLOG: Independent traveler's guide to Niagara Falls road trip in New York

NEW YORK OUTDOOR TRAVEL BLOG: Independent traveler's guide to Niagara River road trip in New York

NEW YORK OUTDOOR TRAVEL BLOG: Independent traveler's guide to Niagara Gorge hiking trip

NEW YORK OUTDOOR TRAVEL BLOG: Independent traveler's guide to Lake Ontario lighthouses in New York

NEW YORK OUTDOOR TRAVEL BLOG: Independent traveler's guide to Finger Lakes road trip in New York

NEW YORK OUTDOOR TRAVEL BLOG: Independent traveler's guide to Letchworth State Park

NEW YORK OUTDOOR TRAVEL BLOG: Independent traveler's guide to Lake Ontario camping trip in New York

 

 

What is flackpacking?

Well, there may be a few different ways to think of what flashpacking means depending on who you ask.

But to me, flashpacking is traveling with the backpacker spirit while being okay with paying a little bit extra on your travels now and then.

 

Backpacking vs flashpacking: Here is a little bit of my evolution from “backpacker” to “flashpacker”

I started off my solo international travel days as a penny pinching backpacker… a “frugal” backpacker.

It started in Europe with my bike.

So actually I guess I started off as a frugal “bikepacker”!

What are often the biggest expenses of travel anywhere?

Answer: Transportation, accommodation, and food.

The bicycle eliminated many transportation costs.

For that month of traveling in Europe, I also spent minimal on accommodation by staying with locals.

Actually, that eliminated all accommodation costs. (Yes, all! The good old days of couchsurfing!)

For the first couple of weeks, I also survived mostly on food that I brought from home.

That significantly reduced initial food costs.

After that month or so, I left my bike behind and got on a flight to India.

I guess this is where I started real “backpacking”… shoestring budget travel with nothing but a backpack!

While in India (and anywhere in the world, really), I would have rather walked a mile than pay $1 for a ride to get around.

On return trips to India, I regularly opted to take local buses and general class trains to get around.

Nowadays, I’m not as frugal as I used to be, and I will trade in money for convenience and comfort (way) more than I used to.

But even so, I still have this feeling of why pay when there’s a cheaper option!

Recently I will spend more money on travel than I used to, but I think I will always have a sort of backpacker spirit in one way or another.

And it is with this kind of travel mindset that I go off to explore America in search of amazing views!