My friends and I are planning to travel from LA, California to Miami, Florida to New York City then to Chicago in July 2010 (Approx 7,000 miles). We need experienced advise, suggestions, pre-cautions, and facts. There are going to be three of us total, myself at being 22, and two others who are 21 and 20.
We will be using my Honda Civic 97, manual engine. Since funding will be limited, due to being college students we are planning to sleep on camping grounds or cheap motels. Fortunately, we have family and friends in Florida, Miami and NYC and planning to stay in those cities for about 3 days each.
We estimated around 900 to 1k dollars for gas for the round trip. My car's average MPG is Approx 30-35. (http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/2008c...umn=1&id=13359)
All three of us are very experienced drivers. We have drove to Las Vegas (4 hour trip) and to San Francisco (8 hour trip) many times. We plan to rotate drivers every 6 hours to 8 hours. Of course, we are definitely going to take many breaks throughout the trip. Were planning to drive at least 12 hours a day.
Our whole trip timeline is 3 weeks. We plan to bring our food and resupply at grocery stores on the way save money.
Things were planning to bring with us in the car:
A spare tire, and a jack.
Plenty of water
a small propane grill
3 GPS (yes all three of us has one, but are not going to rely on it so much)
A small cooler
As of right now, we plan to save and bring around 300-350 dollars each to share for the gas (total of $900-1050) and about 300-400 dollars more each for food/camping/motels/shopping.
Please help us plan! We might of overlook on the amount of money we need for gas.
This is our route right now, but it will change as we start to plan throughout the year for the stops and places we want to visit on the way.