Hi, my name is Naomi and I currently live in Boston, MA. I'm planning my first ever cross-country roadtrip, but the honest truth is that I have no idea where to even begin. I'm a little skeptical of internet forums in general, as most seem to be filled with all this overwhelming, irrelevant jargon, but I'm putting my faith into this one. I've read through a lot of the threads on this site and people seem to be genuinely interested in sharing knowledge with each other about traveling here, so.. I'm hopeful. Kudos :]
I have a lot of questions, from best routes to travel, gas conservation, ways to successfully "rough it" - meaning no hotels.. Also I'd like to get some real facts and figures from experience about the kind of money I'm looking at spending here, even when being as frugal as possible.. I have so many questions. A lot more than this, haha. Maybe there are some books and websites I should check out? Just need a starting place, really.
The true reason for why I want to do this is actually that I'm planning this trip as a gift for the Love of my life. He was recently admitted into an inpatient hospital for various reasons, and right now is suffering from more than one kind of ailment, although I will say the damage seems to have affected his spirit more than anything... I can't see him, and I rarely get to speak with him so all of this planning I am doing is secret. He will be released within the next couple of months, and when he does I want to be ready - financially, mentally, emotionally and practically - i want to get some answers so I can find stability within this endeavor. This is not just a road trip. This will be the final stage of a grand metamorphosis for my love and me. It's all about unshackling ourselves from our fear and doubt, freeing our spirits and our minds, running wild with abandon and spreading our love and light to everyone we meet, as well as soaking up all that this amazing country and its people have to offer. I know I must sound a little hokey, but forgive me. It's hokey even in my head :]
If you're reading this, I know you we are complete strangers and the story above may not mean a thing to you. That's okay. But if you can help me in any way to get all my lose ends together in one pile, your compassion and contribution will be more appreciated than you could ever know, and your karmic inbox will be filled to the absolute brim - you really have no idea how much this will matter.
Thank you so much!