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    My boyfriend and I are planning our first roadtrip this summer. We have a round trip ticket to Boston with 22 days in the US. We are considering driving to Maine for a few days, and then driving to NYC and Washington DC before heading back to take the flight form Boston. We are renting a car online, and are thinking about a Ford Focus or something similar and cheap.

    Does anyone have any good suggestions? Should we cover more states or cities in that amount of time? As we are college students we would like to make this trip a bit cheap - any good advice in this area, and what would be an estimate for hotels/motels per day? I know the big cities are expensive, but we'd make up for that by staying in cheaper hotels when we're on the road. Whats a reasonable budget for food/gas/entertainment per day?

    Also, how much should we plan in advance? We'd like the freedom to be spontaneous, but booking hotels in eg. NYC is necessary from home. Should we try to book a m/hotel for each night?

    Lastly, are there any good books that cover both New England and the middle states?

    Any advice welcomed! Thank you and happy summer holidays.


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    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

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    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    The Great thing about American RoadTrips is that they can be tailored exactly to your individual taste, that's also what makes it so hard to give good advice to someone about their trip. In your case, with 21 days, you could actually drive all the way to the Pacific and back at a relatively relaxed pace, so whether to cover more or fewer states is entirely up to you. You can certainly have a great time without leaving New England and the Middle Atlantic states. If you want to include some beach, add in the Delmarva Peninsula with both Delaware's beaches and Maryland's Eastern Shore.

    The estimate I use for planning purposes for two people travelling by car, including motel, food, and admissions, but not fuel, is $150/day. You can, of course, travel for less than that, but it will require some forethought and shopping, especially if you plan to visit and stay in large cities such as New York. One thing you can do, if you want to be relatively spontaneous and yet still be frugal is to get in touch with some of the lower cost motel chains (Motel 6, Super 8, Red Roof, Travelodge and others) and get a brochure listing their locations. Then you'll at least have a fall back position if you find yourself some evening and it's getting dark and you still haven't gotten a room for the night and you don't want to pay an arm and a leg.


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