Live Your Road Trip Dream – Review

Live Your Road Trip Dream by Phil and Carol White is a comprehensive, detailed and well organized reference source for anyone interested in taking a year long road trip. The book is broken into two parts. Part 1 discusses all the logistics of planning a trip of this nature. Part 2 provides a week by week summary of the year long trip by the Whites, which inspired this book.

The book began with a very slow start. I immediately sensed that the target audience for this book is the upper class soon-to-retire age group. Once I read past chapter three, the advice and tips became applicable for a wide range of vacation plans for all ages, not just extended trips.

Part one covers every detail that needs to be considered before leaving for an extended trip. Bills, family obligations, cars, health plans, etc. The White provide valuable tips and suggestions to make the transition easier, from selling the house, to renting or just leasing the house for the duration of the trip. Most high school graduates usually don’t have major expenses of obligations and will not need to take extensive measures for their trip, but parents and/or grandparents will have more to consider. Other valuable tips include budgeting strategies as well as vehicle selection (the Whites chose a modest 19 foot RV for their travels).

At the end of the book there is a Traveler’s Resource List which provides websites as well as worksheets for budgeting, itineraries and other maintenance issues. My boyfriend’s parents travel a lot in their RV, they go on weekend long trips and sometimes month long trips, and I think this book would be a perfect addition to their collection of resources. The advice is practical and universal whatever your specific trip purpose may be.

You can also check out their website for more information, and pictures of the White’s road trip.

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Travel for a Year for the Cost of Staying Home

Live Your Road Trip Dream
by Phil and Carol White
RLI Press, 2004
ISBN: 9780975292839
269 pages

2 responses to “Live Your Road Trip Dream – Review

  1. Thank you for the nice review – we really appreciate it.

    We’ve had people from college age through seniors find our book helpful in planning their trips of all types of lengths. We never considered that our tips would apply to the average 2 week summer vacation, but a lot of folks have found helpful tips for short trips too.

    We’re always happy to answer questions – just go to our website and if you can’t find the answer, email us from there.

    Thanks again
    Phil and Carol White

  2. rantsandreads

    Phil & Carol – Aww, thanks for reading my blog! I really enjoyed the tips you gave in your book, and I think that it was very detailed enough for anyone whose never traveled before to feel comfortable knowing that they have all the bases covered back home.

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