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5 Ways to Save Money Camping

5 Ways to Save Money Camping

Camping is our primary lodging on this adventure for a few reasons: be in nature, we love to camp, and save money. Once you’ve made the initial investment for gear (or a van/RV), camping can be an inexpensive way to travel or get away for the weekend. However, there are a lot of expenses you may not think of that can add up quick. We’ve camped at just about every type of site through the years. We’ve found that these…

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5 Free Things to do in Savannah

5 Free Things to do in Savannah

Savannah, Georgia has interested us for a while. While we didn’t see anyone walking invisible dogs or getting sucked into a murder mystery, we had a great time. There are many activities in Savannah you’ll most likely spend money on: pubs, restaurants, and parking (you will definitely be spending money on parking). However, there are always things to do and see without a price tag. When traveling on a budget taking advantage of these free activities is a must. This…

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The Bright Lights of Congaree National Park

The Bright Lights of Congaree National Park

Congaree National Park is a swamp, and it is awesome! Well, not exactly, technically it is a floodplain forest. But it really is awesome! The second National Park on the southern circuit of When You Wander may not be a swamp, but has some swamp-like qualities. When you think of a swamp you may think of mud, frogs, snakes, mosquitoes, and other nasty things. And you’d be right! Congaree National Park has all these. However, within its 26,276 acres Congaree…

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5 Free Things to do in New Orleans

5 Free Things to do in New Orleans

While we are wandering we are also budget traveling. We limit our eating out. Take advantage of free and cheap camping areas. Explore the many free activities available around the United States. While many of our adventures are far from civilization there were a few cities in the South we wanted to visit. One of these cities is New Orleans. We knew NOLA has a reputation of overindulgence. Or was it that we have reputations of overindulgence? Either way to…

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Ghost Towns, Critters and Free Camping in Mississippi

Ghost Towns, Critters and Free Camping in Mississippi

Finding a great campground to split up a long drive can be a relaxing and cheap way to get some rest and see a bit of local nature and history. Between Hot Springs, Arkansas and New Orleans we were looking for such a stop and freecampsites.net pulled through again with another great free camping spot. We made the Rocky Springs Campground on the Old Natchez Trace in Mississippi home for the night. One of three “primitive” campgrounds on the Natchez Trace…

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Making the Best of Bad Weather

Making the Best of Bad Weather

When You Wander weather is a factor that you cannot control. You can however, make the best of it. After leaving the Mark Twain National Forest our planned destination was Roaring River State Park in Southern Missouri. If you’re a nomad or just traveling through the Midwest and don’t want to break the bank on lodging, Missouri state parks start at $13 for tent sites—a steal compared to many RV and private campgrounds. Roaring River is located about 15 minutes…

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Free Camping Adventures in the Mark Twain National Forest

Free Camping Adventures in the Mark Twain National Forest

This post about our camping adventure in the Mark Twain National Forest contains a little something for everyone: a helicopter, the 8 Preachers of Berryman Trail, foraging for food, sheriff’s deputies, local trackers, ax restoration, and lost hikers. No, this isn’t a plot line for a Walt Longmire Mystery. It’s just another day When You Wander with Tom and Liana. Mark Twain National Forest After leaving a rainy Hannibal, Missouri, we headed further south past St. Louis to the Mark Twain…

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