There is so much interesting information here but I am hoping someone might have some additional info and tips when it comes to budgeting and planning your on the road finances.
So my husband and I have booked our tickets and will be arriving in Denver in early Sept and leaving from Phoenix (we are from the UK) 3 weeks later.
Our plan is to stay in that general area - Colorado, a bit of Wyoming, a bit of Utah and Arizona.
There are several financial questions I am interested in. Whilst hiring a car + gas is not that expensive (compared to the UK!) and reasonable prices can be found, it looks like one-way fees are really expensive. We anticipated this, but flying in and out of different states was the only way we could fit different stuff in.
Does anyone have any recommendations for one-way car rental? Are there any places cheaper than others?
Also, I know that motels can be cheap and not so nice, or just ok. We've only travelled in California before and I understand it is more expensive. So, what can we expect to pay for an average motel? Can $50 per night get you a decent stay?
Whilst on the one hand we can't afford hugely expensive places every single time, I also want to stay in a reasonably nice place - this is our holiday after all! In California we stayed in one particularly bad motel (freezing, no blankets, smelly, uncomfortable, strange....) for $60 per night so I'm a bit apprehensive of repeating that experience!
Finally, how much does an average diner dinner tend to be for 2 people in e.g. roadside Colorado, away from the obvious tourist traps? In California we were paying $15 for breakfast and usually around $30 for dinner. This is massively cheaper than the UK so we didn't really bother to find out if these were 'normal' prices or not. BUt over 3 weeks it will all add up!
If anyone has any other cost saving of budget planning ideas for a 3 week trip, I'd love to hear about it! Thank you!
(as a cost saving measure we did think of an RV but have never driven one and not sure what we think about that idea just yet...)