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Geek Dad: Calculating the real cost of van life vs. hotels for a summer roadtrip

From the bloggers at Geek Dad.

I am a committed lifelong cheapskate. But the realities of family travel make it tricky to car camp on BLM land with oatmeal for breakfast, peanut butter and jelly for lunch and hotdogs for dinner. So this summer with a carefully guarded month to spend on a hiking- and climbing-focused family road trip, my wife and I looked to split the difference between abject dirtbagging and luxurious hotel life.

The obvious answer was an RV. But a thorough search showed than an RV would quickly break our bank. And an RV didn’t quite fit our vibe – a big part of our vacation goal was to unplug and help the offspring, 8 and 10, experience a good chunk of the western U.S. and Canada without it being filtered through live cams and edu-casts.

To read the full story by Geek Dad, click here.

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