Hello, Road Trip America!
Long-time reader and first-time poster here. I'm a 23-year-old native Arizonan that's never lived more than a 15-mile radius from my place of birth. For various reasons, over the past two years I've been considering a move to Portland, Oregon and after recently giving my notice at my much-despised job in sales I've finally decided to bolt from the desert at the end of this month. I know that I want to drive from the Phoenix area to San Diego and then take Highway 1 and the 101 up the coast into Oregon.
My issue is that I am having some difficulty planning my voyage up the coast. You see, I currently work for a hotel company (let's just say its brands include chains that rhyme with "Schmoliday Schminn" and "Clown Plaza") and I could potentially recieve an employee discount on rooms (maximum of $49 per night) if I choose to book in advance.
But part of me feels like just hitting the road, taking the time to experience the beauty of the Pacific Coast, and stopping only whenever I feel like it... which unfortunately might mean paying more to stay in Motel 6's and Best Western's along the way.
I suppose the question I am getting at is: based on experience, is it realistic to expect to find an affordable place to stay on the California coast, in the middle of summer, with no prior reservations? Or should I pursue the slightly cheaper employee rates and guaranteed night stays (despite whatever itinerary I must impose on myself)?
Any help would be greatly appreciated!