I've browsed around this site (which is very helpful), but i just wanna try getting some good advice and tips from all you experienced road trippers. So I'm gonna post up what I basically plan on doing and if you guys could just post back with some help, that would be so great.
Lil background on me, I'm a 24 y.o. from New Jersey, just graduated in May and still unemployed. I'm tired of sitting at home looking for jobs everyday and do nothing else, I had enough of sleeping in and watching tv. I figured I'd try to get away from my Jersey life for a lil while and go make something of myself and explore. This is the best time since I'm unemployed, but I do/will have money for this trip though.
I'm looking to start my trip around the beginning of November, the second week the latest. I'll have about $2,000 for this trip. I drive a 2000 2-door pontiac sunfire with around 75,000 miles on it.
I don't have a set destination, I wanted to just drive and see how far I get and where I go. I do have one stop, North Carolina to visit my aunt and then wanted to go west, but no other set stops. I'd like this to last as long as possible up until Thanksgiving and not go as far as California, but get to somewhere in the middle of the US and then head back home for Thanksgiving.
I plan on having my car inspected and checked and filled etc. so it's perfect for the trip. One suitcase with 2 pairs of jeans, 2-3 shirts, 2 hoodies, socks, underwear, 2 pairs of sneakers, a jacket. All the necessary toiletries, umbrella, cell phone, laptop, 2 digital cameras and all the chargers (hopefully I can stop somewhere each day to charge these items), some snacks.
I planned on stopping at any local hotel/motel for a nite, but i also read in other post of people sleeping in their cars. Can you do that, like police won't come and wake you up and tell you to move your car? There is a possibility of people coming to break-in while your sleeping, steal your things, and kill you right? Where do you park, just on the side of the road, into the woods, a parking lot somewhere?
I plan on the snacks to fill me up and make frequent stops for breakfast, lunch, dinner and to fill up on snacks. Get gas wherever I can find it the cheapest and once I'm close to the second to last line in the gas gauge.
If I see museums, attractions, local fairs, events, etc. I'll stop, check it out, as long as it's free or cheap.
Does this whole plan sound like it could work? Please tell me if I am missing anything, overlooking something. If it doesn't work, can you tell me what I can do to make it work, how far do you think I can get with $2,000? Any and all help is so greatly appreciated, thanks so much!