Domestic Travel: The Places I’ve Been (10/50 States)


I’m 29 years old and have barely traveled in my lifetime. The sad reality is I’ve spent the bulk of my 20’s trying to graduate from school, establish a career, and build an early retirement (and traditional retirement) nest egg.

More to Life

So, although I’ve been successful in taking care of my financial situation so far in life, I can’t help but feel like I’m still really missing out on the good stuff! Truth is, I just want to be done with finances so that I can focus on the finer things in life — especially travel!

This year, I started to travel some more. At first, it was because I wanted to buy some properties out of state. After that, I got into travel hacking, and started making trips out of town just for fun.

2013 Progress

In 2013, I’ve made the following domestic trips:

May: Chicago, IL and Indiana, IN
September: San Diego, CA (I know, still local but it was fun anyway)
October: Phoenix, AZ and Sedona, AZ
November: Chicago, IL and Milwaukee, WI

I know, it isn’t much, but for someone who hasn’t traveled a lot, it’s a start. I’m also planning on making a trip out to Hawaii at the end of December. Yup, I’ll be in Maui for New Year’s 2014!

20% Completion

I have now been to 10/50 states. They are as follows:



Future Plans

I plan on accelerating the travel plans in the near future. For 2014, I most likely will go to Texas to look for more properties. Also, I’ve already booked tickets to go to New York. Once there, I’ll most likely also hit up Washington D.C. and Boston. Florida seems like a possible destination as well.

There’s a lot of fun to look forward to. I’m at a place in life now where I feel pretty secure financially, and more capable of making trips out on a whim. When I was younger, I used to worry more about job security and the impressions I made at work. I wanted to be perceived as a hard worker who always put the projects/job first… How naive I was…. These days, I really don’t care so much. I feel like I’ve paid my dues, so it’s time to unwind and make up for lost time.

2014 will be focused on domestic travel. By 2015, I may be ready to check out of the game completely and start early FI. If that’s the case, 2015 will be centered around international travel. This is something I’m totally stoked about doing. I can’t wait to explore the rest of the world… but all in due time. I still have to take care of business first. Until then, I’ll enjoy seeing all the wonderful sights and sounds that can be found in the great USA.


Where have you traveled and where would you like to go? Have you satisfied your desire for international travel? How would reaching early FI influence your future travel plans?

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6 years ago

Love the plans for travel! If need any suggestions on places to go in or around DC, feel free to let me know. My top recommendations are to get some of the traditional tourist things out of the way. Smithsonian museums, the Capital, the National Mall, and the national monuments. Truly amazing to see some of those things in person.

Side note: Love the map with highlighted states. What a great visual reminder of where you have been, and how much left you have to explore.

FI Pilgrim
6 years ago

I’m with you on the desire for domestic travel. I’ve seen a good bit of the east coast but would love to spend some time in Yellowstone/Yosemite one day. I’ve never been west of the Mississippi River, except for an LSU football game when I was 12 years old… and now that I look at the map, I’m not sure that I ever actually crossed the river…

6 years ago

As someone who is from Boston and currently lives in Dallas, you’ll have fun in both states (although for Boston, your best bet is May-Sept for the weather and Sox). DC is one of my favorite cities as well, plenty of things to do, see, and great craft beers if you’re into that.

6 years ago

We really want to start doing some more domestic travel. Just in the past few months we have gone to New Orleans and Gulf Shores, and we wants to do a road trip to Portland and back (and visit a bunch of states) as well.

We have even been thinking about buying an Airstream to make it much easier!

JC @ Passive-Income-Pursuit

There’s so much to explore here in the US alone. Heck I’ve lived in Texas my whole life and haven’t seen a lot of it. If you count states that I’ve traveled through then my number is around 15, but I don’t really like to count it unless I get to spend at least a few days in a state. One thing my wife and I want to do later in life is just take some time to take extended road trips and just go wherever we feel like. Of course some places you have to make sure your timing… Read more »

6 years ago

I’ve been to 13/50 states, 6/10 Canadian provinces, ~5/31 Mexican states, 1 Asian country, and 11 European countries. I’d also lived in 4 different countries by age 22. That’s why I’m not in a huge rush to travel anymore 🙂 I’m really looking forward to going to Europe for 3-4 weeks with my boyfriend in another year or two though since he’s never been! I think my vacation days might be “boring” next year and travel to see his family and mine that lives there and our friends, plus to see some of our friends from college who live in… Read more »

Retire Before Dad
6 years ago


I love to travel and the whole purpose of my goal to retire before my Dad did at age 55 is about travel. I traveled to Europe after college then to Asia and Latin America a few years later on a 14 month trip. All told I’ve been to around 40 countries. During retirement, that will be my main focus, seeing a lot more places. I’ve been to around 40 US states as well.


Pauline @RFIndependence

Sounds like a great plan! I have traveled to 80 or so countries, and still have the urge to move around every once in a while. Living in Guatemala I try to enjoy the surroundings as well, which are pretty amazing.

KK @ Student Debt Survivor

Good for you! I’m going to have to count and see how many states I’ve been to. I really enjoy travel and haven’t traveled nearly as much as I’d like. When I had the time to travel I didn’t have the money (student) and when I got my first adult jobs I didn’t feel comfortable taking a vacation. Curious where you found the shaded map? I’d like to do my own.

The First Million is the Hardest

Traveling is something I really want to do more of. I went a lot of places as a child, but have barely traveled at all in my adult years. I took a trip to Chicago this summer, but had to postpone a planned trip to San Francisco. Hopefully next year I will get there and some other places on my list!

6 years ago

Fighter, that’s funny. You are 29 y.o. and you haven’t traveled… That sounds like you are already at the end of your life, planning to die tomorrow haha. No worries, there will be plenty of time to travel. By the way, when you retire early you will have plenty of time traveling. At least it is my plan to travel when I retire. The only difference will be that I won’t retire early. When do you plan for a trip to Colorado? We may meet together, have lunch, etc… (I don’t drink, so you can have beer I will have… Read more »