I have been thinking a lot about a roadtrip but up to this point this has all been fairly vague so I was hoping for advice.
I'm 22 years old, from England and about to graduate from university. I'm at the point where I think if I dont do this trip now then I never will. As I am at the stage between education and employment i figure that there is no real time restraint on my travels. I also have a fair amount of money saved.
The main question which I have is how long could I expect to travel for. After factoring in flights etc I would expect to have a maximum budget of $10k (although hoping to spend less). How long could I expect to travel for on this money? I would aim to make this money go as far as possible - avoiding big cities, couchsurfing or sleeping in truck stops or cheapish motels, rarely eating out etc.
My second question is about getting around. Hiring a car might work out expensive because of my age and ive read that buying one isnt feasible. My plan would be to travel pretty slowly, spending a few days in places and moving on as I please - would busses and trains suit this style of travel and would they be cost affective? Also is hitch-hiking an option in rural America?
As I'm hoping to extend this trip for as long as possible i'd be very keen to make some money when travelling. What are the chances of getting a couple of days casual labour in a small town occasionally? Or even offering a few hours work for a meal and bed? Are these unrealistic ideas?
As you can tell my plans are very vague so any input would be greatly appreciated.