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Momstoski Road Trip Day 10: A Day Of Rest

Today David and I are spending the day in Cincinnati to get some much needed rest and relaxation. So far we have been keeping up with an extremely aggressive travel schedule. It’s already turning into “the trip of a lifetime” though and the first ten days on the road have felt like a month. There have been several 24 hour periods where we’ve spent time split up among three different cities. It’s all been worth it though.

Highlights of the trip so far include:

  • Walking the Freedom Trail in Boston
  • Being able to go out with my brother for the first time in Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • Riding all over Montreal using their elaborate bike sharing system
  • Waking up to amazing views of Downtown Toronto from the 17th floor of our (free) hotel room
  • Seeing Niagara Falls again and watching David see it for the first time
  • Seeing some amazing pieces in American history at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI
  • Reconnecting with many of my friends from Ohio State in Columbus, OH
  • Riding all the major rollercoasters in Kings Island amusement park in Cincinnati, OH
  • Capturing video of us spreading my mother’s ashes all over North America (21 locations so far!)
  • Laughing hysterically and smiling for ten days straight just from being around David

I’ve gained many key takeaways from the trip already, but I’ll share just a couple with you right now.

1. People like to share

Researchers are increasingly coming to understand that people are programmed to care for others. I’ve witnessed this first hand many times throughout the course of our trip. We’ve had six different friends open their homes up to host us, several other friends offer us free products and services along the trip, and even total strangers offer us drinks and meals when hearing about our story. This idea of sharing is also changing the way people do business and obtain products and services.

Many of you know I’m a big fan of the website CouchSurfing.org. I see sites like CouchSurfing, Zipcar, and Swap.com growing exponentially as our generation is quickly realizing that access is better than ownership. My friend Zach recently sent me a great TED Talk on this idea of collaborative consumption. It’s worth a watch. Link here: The Case for Collaborative Consumption.

2. It doesn’t take a lot of money to travel extensively

When you ask most people what they would do if they won the lottery, most of them answer with something like, “Oh, I’d pay off all my debt and travel around the world.” I’m going to let you in on a little secret… It doesn’t cost a lot to travel at all.

Our only major expenses on this trip so far are gas and food. We haven’t always had the best places to sleep or the best meals in the world, but we’re able to stretch out three weeks of travel on what most people spend on a weekend in Vegas. I actually like sleeping on floors, couches, and inexpensive futons at times because it makes me appreciate my sleeping arrangements back home even more. I’ll be writing a lot about travel and travel hacking in subsequent posts, but just know that extensive travel is readily accessible to you right now.

Well, it’s around 12:30pm and it’s time to wake David up now. A peaceful day of rest, relaxation and laundry await us.

Keep smiling.

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