This Man Completed A Breathtaking Road Trip Across America For Just $200


Travel can become very expensive. Taking a vacation involves a ton of planning, including hotel accommodations, attractions, and your mode of transportation. The expenses can add up quick, and it deters many individuals from traveling at all. Although it seems difficult, achieving your dream road trip can be affordable with a little ingenuity and proper planning. One man figured out how to make his ultimate road trip become insanely affordable, and it’s amazing! He only spent a little over $200, and you will want to use his method to making travel super affordable. Slide #4 will make your jaw drop!

12. This Young Man Has A History Of Thinking Outside The Box

Derek Low was born in Singapore and attended the University of California for electrical engineering and computer science as a young adult. He was always known for having genius ideas, and he became an Internet sensation by creating an automated dorm room with a variety of tools and gadgets. Slide #7 proves he was definitely going somewhere in life!

11. Derek Was Always On The Go

Low was always an avid adventurer, and he received a lot of acclaim for his travel writing. He had already been to over 50 countries, but he was just getting started. He was getting ready to take another trip and this journey would do the opposite of breaking the bank.

10. Derek Was Ready To Depart On His Most Epic Adventure

In December of 2011, he began his journey from San Francisco, California to New York. This cross-country road trip is a total of 3,400 miles, and it was no small journey. He was ready to make it work for him. There was one huge component to the trip that made it even more incredible, and it will inspire you to get going!

9. There Was One Key Element To His Journey

Low would not be taking a plane on his trip, and he would not be driving his own vehicle. He would board a train and take it all the way across the United States of America, from coast to coast. You won’t believe the view in slide #6, and that was simply one of the many beautiful backdrops to his journey!

8. He Intended To Make It The Most Fulfilling Road Trip Ever

Low would ride two trains, first the California Zephyr and then the Lake Shore Limited. The journey would take a total of four days, but this young man planned on making a few stops along the way to make the most of his trip across the country. He wanted to take in all the sights he possibly could.

7. He Boarded The California Zephyr — And He Was Off

At nine in the morning, he began his journey in Emeryville, California. He boarded the train and prepared for his incredible ride to begin. He would encounter many interesting things along the way, and you won’t believe what happens in slide #5. There is never a dull moment when it comes to long distance travel!

6. Northern California Was Simply Breathtaking

He eventually fell asleep and woke up to see the beautiful landscape of northeast California. He took in the remarkable view of the woods and hillside of the northern part of his home state. Low enjoyed the companionship of his fellow passengers, and he didn’t forsee one of them causing quite the commotion.

5. Nevada Was Anything But Uneventful

Police began to board the train when they reached a little town in Nevada, and Low didn’t understand what was going on. He realized that the passenger he had eaten dinner was getting arrested. He was suspected of carrying firearms. Thankfully it was all taken care of and they were quickly on their way.

4. He Took In Colorado’s Beauty

Low enjoyed a day in Salt Lake City, Utah and reboarded the train. They were headed for Colorado, and he couldn’t believe how mind blowing the landscape was. The canyons and peaks of the picturesque Rocky Mountains were simply unbelievable. It’s definitely a trip you need to take for yourself!

3. Derek Boarded A New Train For The Final Leg Of The Journey

Derek was ecstatic to take in the view of the Hudson River as he boarded his new train at Union Station in Illinois. This train would take him through Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. He was almost to his final destination of New York, and he couldn’t believe he almost made it.

2. He Finally Arrived In The City That Never Sleeps

Derek arrived at Penn Station and couldn’t believe he had finally made it. Four days of travel and he had got to see so much more than he could have imagined. He crossed through 11 states and a total of four time zones, and it was definitely worth every minute.

1. Traveling By Train Saved Derek A Ton Of Cash

Derek got to the see the sights of a cross-country road trip for only $213. Traveling by plane takes the fun out of seeing what’s really out there. The price of a train ticket allows you to truly explore the entire country. All it takes is a tiny bit of saving and a sense of adventure, and you can make it happen!


Derek Low completed an incredible journey across the United States of America, and the sights he got to see were simply priceless. His choice to take the trip by train allowed him to only spend a total of $213, which is less than what a one-way plane ticket would cost. Traveling can become super expensive, but Low proves that you can afford to take an epic trip with little to nothing. All it takes is a little improvising and a will to explore. Have you taken a road trip across the country and have useful tips to share? Comment your tips for cheap travel below and be sure to share this story with your friends who crave adventure!