Ok, two other friends and I want to take a roadtrip from Philadelphia to "somewhere out west", most likely San Francisco. We will either take my compact car, or try a driveaway agency (drive one car there, hang around a few days or a week, then get another car to drive back). We are planning for 3 weeks in September.
I don't really know how much we should each expect to spend. This is what I've figured out so far, and if anyone could let me know how accurate this sounds, that'd be great!
Transportation: I'm guessing we'll be doing 5,500 miles from coast to coast and back, does that sound right? Then if we get 25mpg and gas is say $2.30, it will be around $500 total for fuel.
Food: I'm all about packing a big cooler and stopping at grocery stores. I don't want to starve myself or anything, I just want to be healthy, and want a variety of good food...veggies, protein, and stuff. Should we expect to spend $10-15 each a day on food?
Lodging: This is the part I hate spending money on. I was thinking, hey we'll just camp and/or stay at hostels, it will be so cheap...but I was looking at prices online, and it's not quite as cheap as I was told it would be ($5-20 per night). Most hostels I saw were $30 per person per night, and the campgrounds were about $30 overall per night. We are also willing to sleep in our car from time to time though. So should I budget about $25 per person per night? We might might be able to stay with a friend in S.F., but he doesn't know if he'll have space.
Fun stuff: I don't know how much fun costs. We like nature-y stuff, so we'd probably want to visit some national parks...I really want to see the Grand Canyon, though that's a little out of the way. Anyway I don't know how much extra to set aside per day for this stuff. $20 bucks each?
So like $1,325 is what the total would be for each person, for a 3-week cross country trip? Does that sound anywhere near normal?
Thank you for reading!