Just a little bit of background on myself - I'm 21 and I live in Melbourne Australia. I'll be traveling to Los Angeles with 2 high school mates in late December 2008 to February 2009 (7 weeks in total). Through a travel agent here in Melbourne, we chose a package consisting of the flight, first week hotel stay in Anaheim, and car hire for the entire 7 weeks (it was about $4,000 each). We intend to travel up North to San Fran, Vancouver, around to Montana, Chicago, then head straight to Boston and back - we've yet to decide which way we want to go, though we don't intend to go back north to Canada.
The thing is, we don't know how much to save. Since the first week we're based in Anaheim, we'll be roadtripping for the remaining 6 weeks and we really intend to travel all the way to Boston and back to Los Angeles where we're taking our trip back to Melbourne.
My assumption is that our budget between us three should be at least $8000 each, since we've paid about half of that on the package, we have $12,000 in total for spending, fuel, hotel, food and emergencies/amenities. We don't exactly want to go camping - we wish to stay most nights in average hotels, $70 minimum. And food, I suppose we'll be a bit generous with that ...
Does that seem do-able? And another thing .. i really don't have any clue on how passing country borders work since i live in Australia where we have nothing but ocean around us, lol. Can you give me help with that?