Monthly Miles and Moments, Journal of the Constant Travelers- January and February Wrap-Up
So here we are another couple of months in the books in the life of Constant Travelers, The Stromads. As we reflect on our miles and moments we realize that we have a pretty cool lifestyle. Robb and I are kind of nerdy when it comes to facts and figures. We find it interesting to know some of the numbers, some of the highlights and low lights of nomads and a little behind the scenes look into our world in this journal of a constant traveler. We have decided to share our January/February wrap-up with you! Hopefully, it will inspire you to get out there, explore the world and take a chance on life.
Miles Traveled: January and February, our road miles were just a little over 6800 bringing our total on this new journey since the beginning of November to just a little over 16,000 road miles. Thankfully we only had to fly once to Reno which was 4,000 air miles.
States Visited: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Delaware, Maryland, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Virginia.
You are probably thinking, why in the world would anyone do this. Our answer in short is, why not? This winter tour was long and most of the time cold. Thankfully, it was our convention season and our marketing paid off. Our company, Fast Action Motorsports, will be at many state and county fairs this summer.
Our year started out overlooking the chilly waves of the Atlantic with great friends in Ocean City, Md. We danced the nights away over New Years with some of our favorite people. Barb, Barry, Bryan and Mary, we miss you all like crazy!
After about 6 weeks in the cold white north, meeting and greeting potential clients it was time to go south. These Constant Travelers took some much-needed R&R (rest and research) in a quaint log cabin in the Smokey Mountains and Sevierville, TN. If you want a little peace and quite, travel off-season. Rent a cabin, drive the mountains and enjoy your miles and moments in solitude.
Next stop was on the waters of Lake Conroe, TX. The balcony of the condo sat over the water and made us feel like we were on a cruise ship. We attended our first RV Entrepreneur Summit in Fredericksburg, TX with about 120 nomadic entrepreneurs. It was great time of networking, business inspiration and development along with a little wine drinking and some of the most fabulous gulf-shrimp ever.
Highlights: Mama was very happy to spend some quality time with our younger son Matt in Reno. The Buffalo machine paid off! We enjoyed our extended stays in Pennsylvania with our older son Mike, fiancée Michele and GrandBuddy, Mason. We booked a hotel with a pool, so Mason could come and swim and we went to see the Jurassic World Exhibit at the Franklin Institute. Now Mason always wants to go Gamma’s hotel to visit the dinosaurs.
He is by far our Greatest Adventure!
There were a couple of fun bonus stops at the Deep Eddy’s Vodka distillery in Austin, TX and a muddy search for Diamonds at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, AR.
Our January and February have looked like this for 10 years or so. All this travel, and money being spent on #hotellife in addition to our home expenses. We analyzed what our daily cost of maintaining our home, upkeep, cleaning, maintenance, and utilities. Roughly about $70 day is what it cost us to keep up our home, not including the cleaning and maintenance that we physically had to do. Couple that with the stress of always coming home to do chores, it made selling the house an easy decision.
Now, as we travel and book our housing, we try to stay in that $70 range. It has worked out that it is cheaper for these Constant Travelers to stay “houseless” at least for this time.
Lodging for the month:
2 nights in Clarion FountainBlu Ocean City, MD $250
15 nights in an Airbnb flat in Washington, DC $1,343,
4 awesome nights at $41 a night in an Airbnb Cabin with Hot Tub and Fireplace in TN,
6 nights in a fabulous 2BR Lakefront condo for $358, courtesy of RCI Extra Vacations
4 nights at the Grand Sierra Resort Reno (FABULOUS) $68/night
3 nights at the AMWAY Grand, Grand Rapids MI $128/night
24 nights at our home on the road Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Crowne $58-$104/night
1 night at our old standby Comfort Suites. $72
For the most part our travels were easy: no 1,000 mile days this month only a couple of 12-hour road days. Thankfully, there were no blown tires, no speeding tickets, and no heat of the moment internal conflicts, just happy trails for the Constant Travelers. We only had one miserable early morning flight, and our credit card only got jacked once.
Our only major beef and newest business to boycott is Taco Bell. We tried 3 times to get a 5-item drive through order correct and were so flustered we didn’t realize the second time we had to give our credit card the incompetent cashier kept it. As we ascended the management chain up into the regional and district levels we realized why the cashier was not properly trained because management was not trained to handle, resolve and diffuse customer issues. So, goodbye Taco Bell and hello Arby’s bite size snacks for a quick calorie hit on a road trip.
Well that’s the down and dirty for January and February. We are enjoying the life of constant travelers and everyday adapting and learning to relax more, see more sites, make more money and experience Life, Love and all Things Good. Stay tuned for March journal as we travel cross-country from New York to Arizona and beyond.
Travel safe and Travel Often. See you around the next bend!