Hi! I've been reading this site for awhile, and finally decided that maybe it wouldn't be a bad idea to post myself asking for advice! I'm moving cross country and since I have the time, decided to make it into a roadtrip as well!
I'm leaving West Hartford CT at the end of this week and my cousin and I (early 30s, late 20s yr old females) are driving to Chicago. We planned 5 days for this.
After that I'll continue on my own from Chicago to Portland OR, stopping in South Dakota at a friend's house along the way, but everything else is up to me. I planned 2 weeks for this leg.
Basically, any advice would be appreciated, but mostly:
1. thoughts on cheap, but safe places to stay
(I would love to camp, but I've only done it 2x before and don't have a tent, and I'm a little leary of doing it alone on my 2nd leg anyway)
2. thoughts on parking my car safety, especially if the car has lots of stuff in it
(I'm moving and though I'm packing light, it's still making the car fairly full)
3. thoughts on laptop safety
keep it in the car trunk which might be stolen and get hot? keep it in the hotel/motel/hostel room/safe/locker?
4. cool things to see along this northern US route (and places that sound good but should be avoided)
I also love great restaurants and am willing to splurge a few times for something fancy if there's a special place along the way. Some parks are pretty much a given with my route (Mt Rushmore, Yellowstone), but I was also hoping to see a few art museums, and perhaps just some weird/unusual things!
Thanks so much!!