Myself and 4 friends are planning on going backpacking for an 8 month period beginning in May 2010.
We have a flight itinerary which has us arrive in New York in the beginning of May, spend a couple of months travelling across America to eventually depart from Los Angeles airport to the Cook Islands at the end of June/beginning of July.
The dates aren’t set in stone, but this is the expected timescale we plan on spending in the US and when we’d be flying on to our next location. I was looking for any information or advice on the routes you would suggest, the cheapest forms of transport/accommodation and any other hints or tips from anyone’s past experiences.
We’re looking at surviving on around about £1000 a month which would mean we’d have about $3100~ based on the current exchange rates (which we hope improves!!). Do you think this is a realistic amount to travel across America in a 2 month timescale?
Also, we haven’t planned the fine details to the trip, but have had plenty of discussions on what route through America would be best to really appreciate some of the major sites. Due to the financial aspect of the trip we’re not really planning on hoping from North to South continually to ensure we see everything so we’d also like people opinions on a fairly linear route from East to West.
As mentioned, we’re still in the fairly early stages of planning our trip across America having focused a lot of our time on the remainder of the time we’re looking to travel. Any input is really appreciated and if you need any further information from me, please do not hesitate in asking.