I am from England and for the Summer of 2008 a friend and I are planning to hit the States. We want to land in one of the corners (CA probably best for this) and hit every single mainland state, all 48 of them. We havn't yet decided if we are going to see just each state and then visit cool cities, or see cool cities + every capital, this could add a bit of extra fun to the challenge I think. We are pretty sure that we are going to buy a VW Camper Van or similiar vehicle and try to sell it at the other end. We are expecting to take our time and do exactly what we want to. Preliminary research sets the trip distance to around 15,000 miles which would take about 10 days if you drove non-stop so we are thinking about taking 100 days or more and just see how we do. We are also both musicians and are going to busk in many towns on the way. We will both be 19 at the time with full UK drivers licences.
I basically wanted to know A) im guessing the costs between the two of us to be around the $10,000 ($5,000 for the vehicle, $2,000 fuel, $3000 living expenses....we plan to spend a lot of nights in the van) plus we hope ot make back some of that on the sale at the end but I wanted to know how realistic this is. B) Are there any busking licence laws in the states that I would need to clear before heading out there? C) What regulations does a foreign 19 year old need to go through before buying a car in the states and how much might it cost to insure both of us on the vehicle for 3-4 months?
If anybody could help with these questions that would be most appreciated.