|Free camping at Walmart|
If you refer to the title of this blog, I'm on a modest budget. $500 is in my comfort zone and allows me to live within my means. My motor home consumes diesel at the rate of about 10 MPG. At today's average price, $2.90 a gallon, that means I can drive on the highside of 1500 miles per month on my allotment assuming I camp somewhere for free every night. That usually means I hop from one Walmart or truck stop to another keeping my daily driving distance in check so that I don't exceed that 1,500 mile mark during a given month. My voyage from Minnesota to Arizona last summer substantiated this theory quite well. The nice part is this relaxed rate of travel is more pleasant and way less tiring.
|Campground in Phoenix|
I stayed at a very clean and quiet park 15 miles north of Denton TX for a month last fall that all told came to about $400 for the month including electricity. I spent another month on the north side of Phoenix shortly after that for just a few dollars more, but well under the $500 mark. Again just a month ago I stayed west of San Antonio well within my $500 budget.
I spent the winter boondocking in the Arizona desert in Quartzsite. I bet your wondering how that measured up financially? The permit to stay on BLM land for the whole winter was $180. I had to drive to dump my waste tanks and fill my water tanks once a week. Total fuel for the month, $30.
I needed propane every month, $40. About once a week I had to drive to the next town north for
|Boondocking on BLM land in Arizona|
Don't get me wrong, if privacy and plenty of space combined with a good deal of isolation is what you are looking for, this may be just the way you want to live. You can pretty much do your own thing, and there are social opportunities throughout the winter so there is no need to be a hermit if you don't want to be.
This Spring I'm living a different life. I'm on the East Coast, right smack dab in the middle of tourist heaven. Micky Mouse is down the highway a piece, home to our space program isn't too far away, and everything is lush and green. OK, it took a bit of online research, but once again I've secured a spot within my $500 budget.
|East Coast mobile home/RV park|
|Life is good, right on the East Coast!|
All I can say is many times over I have proven that $500 a month in shelter costs is adequate to take you pretty much anywhere in the country. Some are spartan, but on average, if you do your homework, you can find very satisfactory places to stay everywhere.