I have literally just joined this site after finding it on Google! Having read a lot of the posts, it seems this is a great way of talking to people who are similar to me and have similar 'dreams!'
I am 25, from England and just about to set off on a round the world trip, starting in Canada in April. I will be travelling down to Philadelphia to see a friend but then I am on my own for however long and fly out of LA in weeks/months time! I have been looking at guided tours with companies to get across the US and they're very sociable and handy for someone on their own. BUT, they're very regimented and seem to do the tours very quickly, so had an idea of 'road tripping' it!
My idea is to buy a second/third/nth hand car from somewhere and drive it acorss to my finishing destination and sell it on. Does this happen in the US? Is it easy for me to do this or does anyone know of an ydifiiculties I may face. I just want something cheap and cheerful, that'll work reliably and is pretty economic. I just don't think I could do the whole trip on a Greyhound bus!
My rough plan would be Boston, New York, Washington, North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, New Orleans, Texas, El Paso & New Mexico, Arizona, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Salt Lake City, Yellowstone Park, up into Canada, Banff, Jasper, back down to Vancouver, Seattle and then the West Coast road down to LA.
Now, does this sound realistic to anyone?! More to the point, how unrealistic do you think this is?! I am looking about two months for this trip, taking in the sights as I go, maybe taking a tent in the boot, or trunk as you guys over there say! Also staying in hostels and motels, maybe with people I meet along the way.
Also, I will be making this trip on my own, so there are some saftey concerns and loneliness issues, so if anyone thinks this sounds good and wants to join me on part of the trip, that'd be great! I have done a trip from Miami to Tennessee before in just one day, 900 miles, was a bit of an effort but saw some great sights and 5 states!
Any advice/guidance/comments would be greatly appreciated.