I plan to travel coast to coast, roughly 6,700 miles. Fuel costs are obscene, but I have to look at it this way...
This 3 week vacation:
- A) will cost the same as a 1 week cruise to Alaska or flight to Europe
B) will allow me to set my own schedule and see whatever I want (within reason)
C) will allow me to stop whenever I need to and not worry about shopping for a hotel
D) will give me an opportunity to see some cool places in America
E) will be a once-in-a-lifetime event - I don't usually have this block of time to spend away from work.
I've gotten rid of my original debt, so all my money is now going towards the bus and vacation fund. If I'm smart and disciplined, I should be able to pay for it all before ever leaving the house. This will allow me to save the credit card for emergencies (though I sincerely hope to never have to use it).