Planning a Road Trip Around USA in 30 Days

I am planning a 30 days road trip around the USA.

The idea came upon me about 6 weeks ago when I thought about my holiday travels. I was thinking about my travel plans for the holidays and how I typically make a trip back to the Midwest to see my family.

This year, however, one of my best friends in college is getting married on January 3rd in St. Petersburg, Florida.

So instead of buying 3 airplane tickets, renting a car and finding a hotel, I am going to drive through 22 cities while staying with friends, family, and couch surfing hosts.

Road Trip List of Cities

So where am I going? That’s a great question. Here’s the full list of cities that I am planning to visit.

  1. Bellevue, WA
  2. Boise, ID
  3. Salt Lake City, UT
  4. Denver, CO
  5. Davenport, IA
  6. Chicago, IL
  7. Indianapolis, IN
  8. Cincinnati, OH
  9. Pittsburgh, PA
  10. Allentown, PA
  11. New York, NY
  12. Washington DC
  13. Myrtle Beach, SC
  14. St Petersburg, FL
  15. Pensacola, FL
  16. New Orleans, LA
  17. Dallas, TX
  18. Phoenix, AZ
  19. Las Vegas, NV
  20. Los Angeles, CA
  21. San Francisco, CA
  22. Portland, OR
  23. Bellevue, WA

Road Trip Travel Map

Of course I used Google Maps to quickly plot the trip. The trip with non stop driving would take 128 hours over 8596 miles. Most likely I will put over 10,000 miles on my car. Below is a rough map of my travel destinations.

road trip around the USA in 30 days

Suggestions and Tips?

Have any suggestions and/or tips? I would love to hear some of your recommendations or thoughts about anything.

Perhaps you have a great idea about travelling across the country, or perhaps you know a lot about a specific city. Why not put your thoughts in the comments below!

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Made a Content Mistake, Not Afraid to Admit It

Content Mistake

Making a Content Mistake

Yes, you are reading correctly. I made a mistake. This certainly is not the first one, nor will it be the last one. However, I learned that blogging every day is very taxing and releasing relevant, quality content is actually really hard.

So much so, that I have stopped blogging all together and started reading, listening to podcasts, and learning as much as I possibly can about making money passively online.

Here are some specific things that I know from the last month without writing a blog post.

Content Mistake

Content Is Not Just King, Quality Content Is King

What I mean to say is the content mistake I made was quantity over quality. I heard about pod casters like Entrepreneur on Fire (Affiliate Link) or Srinivas Rao of Blogcast FM who was on Smart Passive Income. John Lee Dumas is podcasting every day and Srinivas talked about writing 1000 words a day!

After first hearing about these daily habits, I wanted to subscribe to this methodology, that if I just wrote a little bit each and every day, I would some how make some money. Well, that’s not exactly the case for a lot of reasons, and the first reason is that you need an audience.

If no one is reading your content or participating in your community, you have made a huge content mistake. It doesn’t matter how many times you write or publish a blog post. Instead, focus on an ultra compelling and informative piece of content, and let the quality do the talking.

What I’ve learned is that you should spend more time actually writing a quality piece, and then strategically promoting it accordingly.

Learn What Your Audience Wants To Hear, Not Simply What You Want To Write

It’s not all about me. It is about the audience.

Others matter more than myself.

Listening to others is so important.

Giving up pride, humbling yourself, and being patient are key ingredients to being successful in these three areas.

So then the next question is, “How do I listen to my audience, and how do I even get an audience to start with.”

The first thing is to write quality content and promote it to people who need it. Or vice versa, talk to people and listen to their problems and develop content to address a specific issue.

What Is Next?

Now that I have realized that I have made a mistake, I am going to formally withdraw myself from my own challenge. Bold and brave as it may be, I cannot commit to writing quality content each and every day.

However, I am still sticking to my 100 Days of Happiness Challenge. Every day when I wake up, I think about something that makes me happy or something specific that I am thank

Meditate For 2 Minutes In The Morning

david goecke meditation

david goecke meditation

Meditate First Thing

Right when you wake up, clearing your mind can help you be more productive throughout the day. This starts with meditation, which is effortless and leads to a mental state of “thought awareness.”

Focusing on the present moment, clearing your mind of any thoughts, and focusing on mind control leads to relaxation.

Start Your Day With Meditation

I recently read a post about the “Laws of Attraction” on WikiHow and the very first step is to “relax your mind.”

Although the post recommends this as an “optional” behavior, I have to say that it should be recommended for anyone who desires anything.

Meditation Clears Your Mind

The title of my personal blog here is “Success is a mindset” right? So meditation helps clear your mind so that you can have the right mindset that you need to be successful.

To be specific, meditation helps set the state for your day, at the beginning of your day, every day. Learn to meditate and you will be more connected with life and your surroundings. If you want to learn more, I would recommend How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind

Amazon Fire TV Taught Me These 3 Things!

amazon fire tv

amazon fire tv

Amazon Has Amazing Voice Recognition

If you are searching for a tv show, movie, music, or application, Amazon Fire TV has an amazing voice portal. I have always considered Google Voice Recognition to be one of the best on the market.

However, one of my friends from the UK tried this out yesterday and it picked up their British accent. I happened to think this was pretty cool.

Amazon Apps Are Evolving!

You know an app is pretty new when you look up the “Productivity” category and there are only 4 options for download. What I am talking about is the additional applications that you can download onto your Fire TV.

However, that being said, there are a lot of great apps on the device. For example, I was very impressed with the Pandora application. It even has a Flappy Bird app! I accidentally spent 45 minutes playing this game on the TV using just the remote!

Amazon Eliminates Major TV

Aside from live broadcasts and the other live shows and events, Amazon pretty much eliminates the need for TV. I didn’t really think this was true until I found a football news application and also downloaded an application for Bloomberg Plus which plays the latest world wide news.

All the TV shows you want to watch are available on Netflix or Amazon Prime. But even further, if you cannot find it on Amazon Prime, you can just buy the DVD or Blue ray download directly from Amazon. How cool, right?

In Closing

I’d highly recommend buying the Amazon Fire TV, especially if you can get a discount on it. Now, I’m off to play some Flappy Bird!

7 Thoughts I Learned On A Random Tuesday

Formal Education Is Important

If the market crashes and everyone is out of their jobs, the few jobs that are left will be looking for smart, educated people. Having a graduate degree and/or doctorate is one way to show that on paper.

Area of Focus Is More Important

What education says is that you had the ability to focus on a certain area and really put in the time and effort that it took to get something done.

Having a specific area of focus is even more important. What are you an expert in? What is is that you specialize in. Be passionate about one area and that will take you far down the road.

Startups Are Risky

This is completely obvious, but a startup is tremendously risky and the statistics show that not very many of them are actually profitable in the long run.

What kind of risks are you wiling to take and how much risk are you willing to tackle?

Large Corporations Are More Secure

The opposite of risky startups is risk adverse corporations. Large corporations simply have the experience and time investment.

Also, they provide an environment for people who need to support families, mortgages, and other liabilities.

Nothing Comes For Free

Anything worth having or pursuing really does not come for free. It takes time, hard work, and lots of effort to make something come together.

There is no such thing as a handout. Everything has a consequence and costs something to somebody. This is the same concept as everything has energy.

Know What You Want

Nobody knows what they want, so how am I supposed to know what I want and then chase it? But I have to know and plan for what it is that I want.

This applies to what I want in my career, what I want in my life, and what I want in my personal growth. All three are equally important.

Never Let Rejection Control You

We make mistakes every day. Understanding why things happen at their core and what causes them to happen is a great way to get a hold of your life.

Realizing why something happened is a great way to address it and change for next time.