I have never been on a roadtrip before, let alone planned one. I have been left in charge of figuring out the budget for the trip. Please let me tell you a little bit about what I have planned.
Our trip starts on Saturday, May 9, 2009 and will be ending on Monday, May 25, 2009.
My boyfriend and I live in Orange County, California. We are renting a eight passenger van locally a the estimated cost of $1,610 for the trip. We are driving straight from Orange County to Southeast Nebraska to pick up my parents and my sister and her boyfriend.
We can make it to Nebraska in two days, stopping along the way is not important to us.
From Nebraska, the six of us will be driving as far a New York, with many stops in between such as Philiadelphia, New Jersey, Washington DC, etc. The total length of the road trip is 13 days, as we have to be back in Nebraska by Saturday, May 23, 2009 in order to make it back to California in time.
I am completely lost on how to budget for this trip.
This is what I have so far...
Gas budget (only for the 13 day trip, not including driving to and from Nebraska): $1,026, which is approx. $171-$200 a person for the trip.
10 nights in cheapy motels @ estimated $75/night, two rooms, $150 a night. $1,500 for ten nights = $150 per person.
Plus... two nights in a nice hotel in New York, I have estimated $300 per room per night, so $1,200 total = $200 per person.
Total Lodging for twelve nights = $450 per person.
I have no idea how to budget food and entertainment. Our only big expense we plan on is seeing a Broadway play or musical while we are in New York. Also, I think we are planning to eat out maybe once a day. Most days we will probably do breakfast on the run, cereal, fruit, breakfast bars, etc. Lunch will probably be sandwiches plus chips and road trip snacks, so we will most likely eat dinner out, but maybe a few days we will grab a good breakfast and cook hot dogs for dinner.
Can someone give me pointers, any advice will be greatly appreciated? Anyone have sample budgets?
Also, my mom is a sucker for tourist traps so we really don't have any planned destinations, its more like... lets see where we end up tonight type of roadtrip.
Thanks for all your help!