Saturday, February 27, 2010

Review: Frugal Travel eBooks

As most readers of this site are aware, frugal traveling, wandering and long-term camping are a major interest of mine. The journey being at least as important as the destination for any serious traveler, why not take your time and savor the occasional road trip? Sure, that can cost a lot of money if you are having to pay for hotel rooms or even campsites. But there is an option: boondocking or camping for free. The problem is, not all areas are conducive to this kind of hobo-esque wandering; and even when you do devise the perfect trip, it helps to at least have some idea of where you can (and want to) camp for free. Otherwise you are very likely to end up either paying for a campsite or parking in a Wal-mart parking lot or similar, most nights.

A couple of years ago, I discovered the website of a traveling couple who have spent many months exploring the areas I like to explore, and camping for free every night while doing so. Over the course of several long trips into this area, they have compiled a wealth of not only tips and guidance on how to live frugally on the road (most of this free for the reading), they have even written four (so far) eBooks detailing exactly where to go, what to see, and where to camp for free. These books cover Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah, respectively. I initially bought the Texas eBook because I have spent quite a bit of time traveling and camping there.
Well, the jury is in. Even though I own land in one area of Texas and have family in two other areas of the state, and even though I have traveled across Texas in several different directions, I would have thought I was learning about a state I had never even visited. I learned about wonderful places to visit and awesome, free places to camp that, in some cases, I had passed within fifty miles of without realizing it. Needless to say, I got the other three eBooks by these folks, and I have found them to be just as good.

The website is well worth visiting, just for the free information. But if you ever visit any of these four states, you owe it to yourself to get the books.
Here is the link:
Click here to visit Frugal Shunpikers Guides to RV Boondocking.


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Laura said...

This is a great site! I wish they had tips on free camping closer to the East Coast! We'd be all over it.