Greetings and salutations,
I'm so glad I found this website ... I really need some sound advice before making any decisions.
You see, I'm thinking of doing a solo road trip leaving LA airport - heading for Arizona. I've been to the States before (2005), but this time I want to hit the open road on my own. I guess I want to do some 'soul searching' type stuff. I have no idea what I hope to achieve, but who cares. I just want to feel free on the open road with no itinerary and no specific plans for each day.
My questions are:
- is it safe for a woman to do a road trip on her own (age: 39)
- is it advisable to follow a specific route - I don't know America at all
- are hotels/motels readily available (it seems crazy to book hotels in advance)
- will it be better to hire an automatic car with SatNav as apposed to a manual car and paper map?
I'm as scared as hell, but this is something I really want to do. I have no idea where/what/how, but I guess that's the whole point. But at the same token, I guess it's safer to have a route mapped out?
Can anybody give some pointers or offer some advise please?
Oh, I forgot to mention: I don't do big cities, people, busy places, tourist attractions and so forth. I want to spend time 'off the beaten track' and explore nature for what it is - soul searching stuff.
Also, how much money (approximately) will I need for petrol, accommodation and food?