June 16 2010 by Amy Graff
The Griswolds are on the road again!
Well, not quite. It's just my family piling into the car for yet another summer road trip. Yet while my husband isn't anything like Clark and would never crash the car through closed road barriers and sail us all through the air (we hope), there will certainly be some laughs on our trip with a 5- and 7-year-old riding in the backseat.
Last year, we traveled along the Mississippi River. The year before that we zipped along Route 66. This summer, we're driving I-5 from San Francisco to Seattle.
We've driven this stretch of highway many times. Typically, we're in a rush to get to my aunt and uncle's house. But on this vacation, we're taking it slow and spending nine days to cover over 800 miles.
We're excited about walking across the Sundial Bridge in Redding, visiting the Oregon Vortex where balls roll uphill, and strolling through the zoo in Portland. We want to stop at the fruit stands outside Sacramento and track down food carts in Portland, which supposedly dish up some yummy and cheap food.
Sound fabulous? Well, there's a catch. We're on a budget of $200 a day. This might sound like a lot to those who traveled around Europe on a shoestring budget, but keep in mind that our daily allotment must cover gas, lodging, attractions, and food.
How will we do it? Over the next week, I'll be telling you exactly how. I plan to share the good, the bad, and the ugly, and offer up practical tips on how you can travel on a budget. And I hope that you'll provide me with some guidance along the way. Know of a great place for cheap food in Sacto? Got a favorite roadside attraction along I-5 in Oregon? I'd love to hear about it.
Editor's note: Check out Amy Graff on Sacramento's Fox 40 explaining all about her plans on how to vacation with her family on $200 a day. http://bit.ly/dvhKg8