it's still a lot of time until my sister and I want to come "over" in late summer 2009 and explore the US on the road for two whole months, but we are already saving our money and can't wait to plan the first steps. That's why we want to get as much information as possible and so here are some questions, I hope some of you can help with that:
It's understood that for two months we should buy a car, right? That makes much more sense than renting (and pays off better when we can sell it at the end of our trip...). Any tips you can give me for that? Should we look for a car on the internet beforehand or should we just come to the US and look for a car there? We are planning to fly in to New York and start the trip from there, to be specific.
We don't really have a "schedule" for those two months, it's basically just driving from eastcost to westcoast. Just one thing we definitely have to do - travel to Beresford, South Dakota, because my sister's guest family is living there (she was an exchange student some years ago).
Would you say two months is enough time to drive this distance without rushing? We are not really looking for the typical tourist spots but rather to experience bit of the "true USA". I know that sounds corny, but describes it the best... So we just want to start in New York and see where it takes us; maybe plan for the two or three next days but always be spontaneious to hit another road than we had actually planned. We aren't really sure if we have enough time for this approach, but it would be cool not having to plan everything for once. We have that enough in Germany. ;-)
Also it would be great if you had any idea how much money we should plan to spend. We are not very demanding and don't need fancy hotels at all. I'd say maybe half the time we stay with people from the Hospitality Club or friends of my sister's so we don't have to pay for this accommodation, and the other half a simple motel room will be enough. In case of emergency we also could sleep in the car - or would this be a problem with the local police if two people would sleep in their car on a parking lot? Although I have to say I hope we don't have to fall back on that...
Ok, last question. As you can see my english is quite ok and my sister's is even better so there are no language issues. But would you say besides that, that it's safe for two girls (we are 26 and 23 then) to travel trough the USA on the road? Or should we be careful when, let's say, driving through whatever suburbs in the night when we are in desperate need of a motel? And would you advise against sleeping in the car if we don't find an adequate accommodation?
Maybe for better understanding I should explain that we both grew up in Berlin and have backpacking travel-experiences from almost all over Europe and South America (me) and India (my sister), so we are not squeamish at all in this matter and definitely no drama queens. ;-)
Boy, that's a long post, sorry if I have bored you - but thanks in advance for your answers!
Best greetings from Berlin