Hi so a friend and I are taking a year out before we go to university and we wanted to do something big with it. After much discussion we decided that we would both love to do an American Road trip but being 19 year olds and not from America, we realised it would be extremely difficult. I have a few questions that i would really appreciate some help with.
Just an idea of what we plan to help you in answering my questions, ideally and maybe a bit naive/foolish of us is that we want to go from the west coast to east coast and end in Florida, (where we have a vacation house), we do not have any time constraints in wish we have to accomplish this in, so no problem there. Do you guys think its too ambitious? What kind of cost am i looking at? Baring in mind we do not want to live in luxury and if possible most sleeping and what not will be camping ideally and extremely cheap motels and the like. After we arrive in Florida we will be staying and the trip in total will be around the 6 month mark.
Now on to the most obvious tool to a succesfull road trip, a means of transport. Now obviously all (as far as i am aware) car rental companies require you to be 21, which we arent so we decided that was out of the question. Therefore the only option which remained for us was to buy a used car and sell it at a loss at the end of the trip, which will not be at the end of the road trip because we are staying in America in florida for as long as we can afford, ideally 6 months! Now as im sure i will get told this provides numerous complications. Firstly and most importantly Insurance, now i've done a bit of research concerning this. Correct me if im wrong but i believe you have to have a permanent address which you are staying/living at to have insurance.
1) Does this only apply to Americans and can Foreigners not get insurance at all? 2) My parents do have a vacation home in Orlando Florida which is completely ours so i sort of hoped i could use this for an address to get insurance... Is this possible?
3) If getting insurance is possible, what kind of price are we looking at?
4) What price are we looking at regarding a used car which will survive cross country?
Any other tips or advice you have is 100% welcome and wanted.
I have more questions but before i pursue them, i would love to just find out if the trip is even possible.
Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.