What is the Price of Fun?

Lately I’ve been asked how much I spent in 2016. I spent the entire year on a massive road trip where I visited all 50 States, the District of Columbia, 1 US Territory, and 3 Canadian Provinces. So I understand everyone’s knee jerk reaction to question my total spending. Not many people are able to dedicate a whole year to travel and adventure, but lots dream about it. When I get asked that question I want to believe that people are trying to formulate a plan to start saving to go on some awesome adventure of their own.What is the Price of Fun?

A grand adventure is sexy, fun. But it’s not always practical. Relationships, work, and health concerns are only a few things that hinder the possibility of going on a big adventure. A large scale adventure isn’t a be all end all kind of thing. In fact I’d argue that there are TONS of smaller adventures to go on that fit within a reasonable budget and the memories from all these experiences add up over time.

I’ve spent some time pondering this and have put together a list of various adventures with drastically different price points. When you start doing rather than dreaming of what could be is when you’ll realize that a ton of fun is right out your front door step.


  • Hiking all the trails within your city, county, and state
  • Ride your bike 100 miles
  • Run a number of distances (5K, 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon, Ultra Marathon)
  • Climb tons of boulders
  • Swim a mile
  • Surf more than 183 days in a year
  • Get scuba diving certified


  • Take a 2 week road trip
  • Climb a big wall
  • Ride your bike across the country
  • Thru hike 1 of the 11 National Scenic Trails (AT, PCT, CT, etc.)
  • Bike pack through Canyonlands National Park
  • Become a certified


  • Packrafting in Gates of the Arctic National Park
  • Hike/climb Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • Multi day rafting trip through the Grand Canyon
  • Take a guided hike to the base of Mt. Everest
  • Get certified in skydiving

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