9. Build a House on Wheels
If you can sleep in your car, you often don’t even need a campsite—just a dark, quiet spot to pull off the road somewhere. If you haven’t followed the #vanlife hashtag on Instagram, the 200,000-plus photos you’ll find there will provide plenty of brainstorming material—and envy. The expensive options are buying a Volkswagen Eurovan, custom Sprinter Van RV conversion (varies, outsidevan.com), or Sportsmobile (starting around $3,000, sportsmobile.com).
Less expensive options include buying a van and converting it yourself—like Alex Honnold and hundreds of other "dirtbag" rock climbers—by building a bed platform for the back of your truck or buying a rocket box for your station wagon or SUV to keep all your gear in so you can sleep in the back.
If you're not ready to commit, Escape Campervans rents converted vans from L.A., San Francisco, Las Vegas, New York, and Miami starting at $510 per week, and Jucy Rentals rents converted Chrysler and Dodge vans from Vegas, San Francisco, and L.A. starting at $70 per night.