Hello, road experts! I'm a newbie here & I hope I'm posting on the right forum. I really need input from as many of you as possible.
I decided this year that I would no longer sit on the sidelines, but get out into the world. I'm 28 yrs. old & trying to forge a life for myself that isn't so conventional. I want to take a road trip this year that will cover as many of the 50 states as I can see (obviously Hawaii will need a flight of some sort, but you get the gist of it).
Ideally, I'd like to spend a 5-7 days in each state, seeing as many of the sights as I can.
What I need is your advice on how to arrange the logistics of such a massive undertaking.
First of all, I have compiled a list of friends and relatives across the country. I'm hoping that these people would be willing to welcome me into their homes for the few days that I'm exploring their states. This potentially covers 15 states. But that doesn't mean I would be able to stay at their homes for the entire time I visit their state. For example, if I can stay with friends in Buffalo, that does me little good when I'm setting out to explore NYC.
So this means that camping out, sleeping in my car, cheap hotels, and networking will have to be my other sources of shelter.
But when I begin to estimate gas & food, I'm faced with the reality that I have to get a job. Relying on the charity of friends will only carry me so far. Unless I'm magically able to rely on the charity of strangers (networking on CL?), employment as I go will be a must. I'm not wealthy or even remotely well-off to even consider taking this adventure otherwise. But I have this fear that if I don't go now, I'll never go. So, of course, what is the best way of getting an income while I'm on the road? That is what I'm trying to determine.
I saw the link posted on this site about working on the road & it was a good start. But honestly, those ideas didn't seem quite right for the unique thing I'm trying to do. Those links were geared more towards spending a summer working for x dollars & getting reduced lodging. But I don't want to spend a whole summer in one state. I want to be on the move.
There are several options.
a) I could make the cross-country trip for charity & have people sponsor me for every mile I travel. I could raise the money for cancer, AIDS, or impoverished children... There are tons of good causes that I'd be honored to help.
b) I could try to work for a large chain that has branches across the United States. This would be something I'd have to negotiate with the corporate level, yes. But take a company like Wal-Mart or Barnes & Noble. Perhaps I could arrange that I spend a week working in one of their stores in every state. The jobs are similar & it's something I could do no matter where I was.
c) I could try to pitch a book to a publisher about my trip. Or get hired to write a daily or weekly column for a newspaper about it. Would a publishing house or newspaper co. fund something like this? I don't know.
d) I could try to make a documentary film about my trip in the hopes that some production company would fund this adventure.
e) I could try to bartend as I go. Working this out seems improbable at best.
f) I could become a driver of some sort, either hired by individuals to take them where I'm headed, or hired by a company to drive for them professionally in some capacity. But that might involve getting other licenses, etc.
I'm not an RV-er, so workamping doesn't seem like it's for me. But I may be wrong. What are your suggestions for working out the logistics of this?
I appreciate any & all feedback. Thanks so much for taking the time to read my post. I look forward to hearing from you.