50 States in 50 Weeks – By the Numbers: The Final Countdown

From Maine to Washington and Alaska to Hawaii, here’s the final numbers recap of 50 States in 50(ish) weeks:


Total days on the road: 330 (a day over 47 weeks – which doesn’t count the four day break I took in Massachusetts at the beginning or the six days I took to see Alex for his birthday before heading to Alaska).


Total miles: 32,664


Total money earned*: $2,694.50

*One day freelancing in NYC, one trip to the slots in Atlantic City, change found in a parking machine in Florida, leftover money from someone buying me lunch in San Fran, a host giving me money for a museum that wasn’t open and another to drop something off at the post office in Michigan, selling Charlie (my car) in Washington, being so awesome at WWOOFing that my hosts paid me to keep helping after I finished my agreed-upon hours in Hawaii, and a whopping $10.58 in revenue from the blog’s ads.

Total amount donated to the trip (doesn’t include percent taken from GoFundMe): $2,376.00

Total money spent: $9,462.68
Gas: $2,304.24
Other transport: $675.66
Food: $2,001.61
Lodging: $69.63
Attractions: $775.87
Other: $1,218.16
Computer: $43.52
Car Insurance (nine months): $714.03
Car maintenance: $789.97
Phone Bill (eleven months): $869.99

Budgeted amount ($200/week or $28.57/day plus $200/month for car/phone expenses): $11,728.18

Money spent minus money earned: $6,768.18

Money spent less money earned and donated: $4,392.18

Total under budget (just counting money spent): $2,265.50

Total under budget (including money earned and donated): $7,336.00

Approximate amount of money saved from awesome other people paying for me: $1,572

North American Reciprocal Museum pass: $100 for pass, would have spent $212.50 otherwise.

National Park Interagency pass: $80 for the pass, would have spent $525 otherwise.


Number of free meals: 437

Total nights spent on the road: 330

Total nights spent with family: 28

Total nights spent with friends: 61

Total nights spent with Couchsurfing hosts: 162

Total nights spent with non-Couchsurfing hosts (friends of family or family of friends): 7

Total nights spent WWOOFing: 47

Total nights spent in the car: 10

Total nights spent in a tent: 2

Total nights spent in an Airbnb: 8

Total nights spent in a hotel: 2

Total nights spent in a hostel: 1

Total number of homes stayed in: 144

Total number of family homes: 5

Total number of friend homes: 21

Total number of Couchsurfing homes: 110

Total number of other homes: 8

Total number of cars stayed in: 1

Total number of tents stayed in: 2

Total number of Airbnb’s stayed in: 1

Total number of hotels stayed in: 2

Total number of hostels stayed in: 1

Total number of places stayed: 151


Total dates: 8

Total encounters with Mrs. Meyer’s soap: 28

Total unexpected, but awesome experiences: 405

Total “Oh my gosh, what am I doing?! Am I freaking crazy?!” or “Am I done yet?!” moments: 48

Total “This is so AMAZING, I can’t believe how AWESOME my life is!” moments: 715

Total flat tires: 2


Best Art Museum: American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, MD.

Best Historical Museum: Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta, GA.

Best Science Center: Space Center Houston, Houston, TX.

Best Library: FDR Presidential Library and Museum, Hyde Park, NY.

Best Bookstore: Battery Park Book Exchange, Asheville, NC.

Best Performance: Everything is Wonderful, New York, NY.

Best Garden: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC.

Best Beach: Ho’okena Beach, Captain Cook, Hawai’i (Big Island), HI.

Best Local Park: Jacob Loose Park, Kansas City, MO.

Best National Park: Glacier National Park, Glacier, MT.

Best Playground: Freedom Park, Charlotte, NC.

Best Waterfall: Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls, NY.

Best Nature/Scenery: Alaska.

Best Weather: New Mexico.

Best Sunset: Hawaii.

Best Oddity: Lenny, the 1,700 pound chocolate moose sculpture, Scarborough, ME.

Best Tour Guide: Berty, Fargo, ND.

Best Street Art: Rapid City, SD.

Best City: New York, NY.

Best Public Transportation: New York, NY.

Best Free Public Transportation: Baltimore, MD.

Best Food: Harry’s Roadhouse, Santa Fe, NM and Life Alive, Salem, MA.

Best New Food I Tried: Ethiopian at Keren, Washington D.C..

Best Chocolate: Lake Champlain Chocolates, Burlington, VT.

Best Ice Cream: Oregon Strawberry from Tillamook Cheese Factory, Tillamook, OR.

Best Cookie: Chocolate Chip Walnut at Common Bond Cafe and Bakery, Houston, TX.

Best Pizza: Artichoke pizza (and I HATE artichokes…), Artichoke Basille’s Pizza, New York, NY.

Best Dancing: Blues Dancing at Angles, Washington D.C..

Best Date: My first date with Alex at Rinata in Minneapolis, MN.


Most Spiritual Place: Santuario de Santo Niño de Atocha, Chimayo, NM.

Most Connected Place: Taos Pueblo, Taos, NM.

Most Beautiful Drive: Road to Hāna (Hāna Highway), Maui, HI.

Most Charming City: Charleston, SC.

Most Awesome Art Display: Artomatic in Hyattsville, MD.

Most Diverse Scenery: New Mexico.


Coolest Artwork: Blue, Yellow, Red by Ann Veronica Janssens at Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX.

Coolest Interactive Exhibit: The Swings, Detroit, MI.

Coolest Ocean View: Cape Kiwanda, Pacific City, OR.

Coolest Skyline View: Space Needle, Seattle, WA.

Coolest Building: Crystal Bridges, Bentonville, AR. (Also, Thorncrown Chapel, Eureka Springs, AR, though I didn’t actually get to see it in person…)

Coolest House: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, Mill Run, PA.

Coolest Theatre: Capitol Theatre, Overture Center for the Arts, Madison, WI.

Coolest Small Town: Williamsburg, VA.

Coolest Restaurant: The Chemist, Myrtle Beach, SC.

Coolest Graveyard: Churchyard of Unitarian Church in Charleston, Charleston, SC.

Coolest Bridge: New River Gorge Bridge, Fayetteville, WV.

Coolest Intersection: Four Corners, NM, AZ, UT, & CO.

Coolest Experience: Swimming with wild dolphins, Captain Cook, Hawai’i (Big Island), HI.


Watching the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean from the top of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, Mount Desert, ME.

Getting locked in the Old Gaol in York, ME.

Milking a couple goats in Candia, NH.

Taking a glass blowing class in Corning, NY.

Crashing a wedding reception in Charleston, WV.

Getting sick, being allergic to the antibiotics, and getting headaches from the anti-nausea medicine to combat the allergic reaction, Arlington, VA.

Meghan and Ashley getting busted (and getting off scot-free) for breaking into an abandoned hydro plant, Richmond, VA.

Trying unsuccessfully to use the Metro Card for five minutes straight, asking the guy working to help me, not understanding what he said, and finally realizing I was trying to use the Boston card in D.C..

Bar hopping and staying up until 6:00 a.m. in Raleigh, NC.

Crewe de Vieux Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, LA.

Learning how to row where Olympic athletes train at Devon Boathouse in Oklahoma City, OK.

Meeting the love of my life in Austin, TX.

Getting snowed in in Denver, CO after arriving on a perfectly fine spring day.

Alex flying up to see me for my birthday and willingly meeting everyone in my family after only having spent three days with me.

Managing to sell Charlie in ONE DAY in Seattle, WA.

Waking up at 3 am to ride up a volcano to watch the sunrise above the clouds in Haleakalā National Park, Maui, HI.

Hiking across the crater of a volcano at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawai’i (Big Island), HI.

Swimming with wild dolphins, Captain Cook, Hawai’i (Big Island), HI.


Bank – Wells Fargo – Fargo, ND.

Locals – Hawai’i (Big Island), HI.


Maine Solar System Model, Hwy 1, ME.

Castle in the Clouds, Moultonborough, NH.

Bridge of Flowers, Shelburne Falls, MA.

Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA.

National Constitution Museum’s LGBT Exhibit, Philadelphia, PA.

Canoeing in the Everglades, Everglades National Park, FL.

The Loop Pizza Grill, Chapel Hill, NC.

Big Dam Bridge, Little Rock, AR.

Waffle Champion, Oklahoma City, OK.

Apple Valley Hillbilly Garden and Toyland, Paducah, KY.

Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, OH.

Badlands, ND.

Whew. Are there any other number related things or best’s or whatnot you’d like to know? Leave me a comment below!

One thought on “50 States in 50 Weeks – By the Numbers: The Final Countdown

Comments are closed.