Myself and three other friends from Ireland are planning a road trip for this summer across the States.
We plan to fly into New York, drive down the east coast to Florida, drive across the southern coast, up through Texas, New Mexico and Arizona and finally end up in Los Angeles.
We thought we might spend a week in both New York and Los Angeles, and maybe four weeks for the road trip in between. Is four weeks a reasonable amount of time to travel that distance at a leisurely pace?
Our first preference would be renting a car, however we are all under 21. All four of us will be 20 at the time of the trip and two of us, including me, have driving licenses. Therefore all the driving will have to be shared between us two.
We know we can rent a car in New York State, Florida or Michigan under the age of 21 and are prepared to pay the under age charge, but can we bring that car into another state where the minimum rental age is 21? Will a rental company even rent a car to us, and if so, what company or companies? Would we be able to convince them to rent us a car with our Irish charm or do they stick strictly to policy?
We thought about buying a car but with our budget it didn’t seem like the best idea in case it broke down in the middle of nowhere!
Are there any other options that we have overlooked?
All comments and suggestions are welcome and much appreciated!