I've decided to give up living the adult life and go back to my backpacking ways to enjoy the last remaining bit of my 20s. So my house, cars, and everything I own is for sale, and of course... a road trip is in order!
Here are the plans so far:
I plan to leave the Toronto area with my fiancee and head over to Buffalo. We make a living online, so having WiFi is of the utmost importance everywhere we stay. However, I will also pick up an iPad 3G from Buffalo. Why? They come with a 3G sim card in the iPad itself, and because I can pop in credit card details on the device itself without needing to produce an American license or address etc. After being jailbroken, I can create a WiFi hotspot and we can tether our laptops to it, anywhere. Something tells me there is a gap between AT&T's network and how I'm picturing it though.
We don't have an exact timeframe or itinerary, as no road trip should, but we want to be able to check out various things in each city (food, first and foremost LOL), and take detours as we want.
Being a car aficionado and having owned a car from the age of 16 onwards, it's hard for me to picture how we're going to get around. I had originally envisioned us staying in city center-type areas for a few days at a time and using subways, but I realize now that I hate buses, and do not want to step foot on one. Taxis are too expensive, so that leaves car, rental car, train, subway and streetcar (where applicable). Small places like Buffalo pose a problem, because if we're staying 2-3 days, it'll even be hard to get food (can you tell I like food?). Should we buy a cheap car, like $2000, and maybe try to sell it towards the end of the road trip, or rent cars?
I'm also not too sure about where to leave our belongings. I was thinking about Motel 6ing it the whole way, with one night at a famous hotel if they exist in the city. The big-name hotel shoudn't be a problem, but is it safe to keep expensive laptops, cameras etc. in a motel room? If not there, then where? I don't want to carry a huge backpack with me everywhere I go.
Would you guys recommend Motel 6 most of the way? We want it to be cheap (of course), but want it to be clean and air-conditioned.
So the route itself: Thinking about taking a MEGABUS or a rental car from Toronto to Buffalo, where we'll do a bit of shopping, chill out a day or two.
From there we'll probably fly to Chicago, where we'll probably spend 3-5 days. We'll fly to NYC after that, where we'll spend about a week or so. This is where the real road trip will begin. I'm thinking about flying the previous routes, because, correct me if I'm wrong, but there isn't much to see along those routes, and also because it's a little similar to Ontario.
Here's the route we're thinking...
New York City
Roswell (not me, the gf)
Detour to Dubai, Egypt, Turkey and India for ~2 months
Back in LA
Would love to hear comments, feedback, criticism, opinions and/or advice!