First time on the forum so sorry if I've posted in the wrong section!
Recently came back from a trip to America. My friend and I fell in love with the country the moment we stepped out of the airport! So I've decided to do something about it. Next year in september I am planning on taking extended leave (at the risk of not having my job after I return) to travel around America, sort of like a late gap year (I missed the boat that most people took after they finished with their studies)! Havn't decided on the finer details yet. But thinking between 60 to 120 days. I have no idea where to start planning and what option to take to travel around USA.
I guess this is where you guys come in. To save me asking too many questions (which I don't even know what to ask yet!), is there some sort of sticky or online resource that I can start off with that can guide me in terms of what I need to think about and what options are available for an Australian to travel around USA? So I guess things I would need to find out are like, how to find travelling companions, most cost effective accommodation options, transportation, alternatives to working to financially support the trip (because I believe I can not work under the tourist visa), route suggestions, time of the year to travel (although a white "traditional" christmas and nye at Times Square is a must for me), ways to experience life in America with a local etc etc
Thanks for reading. Hoping to get some pointers!
Edit: One question I can think of is assuming I stay part hotels and part free accomodation (with friends), buy a car, maybe some domestic flights and public transportation, including entry fees and food not including shopping, what would be a very rough estimate of how much I need to save up for a 120 days road trip?