So me and 2 friends (possibly 3) are planning to go on a road trip from Montgomery, AL to Chicago and staying for 2 days for a Phish concert. I am not an experienced traveler so I was wondering if some of y'all could help me figure out how much the whole trip would cost.
The car we would take gets about 27 mpg, and we would try to only stop for food twice there and back. With three maybe four people chipping in for gas, I don't see this being a very burdensome expense.
Also, we need to figure in the eating expenses while in Chicago. We'll probably bring some microwavable stuff/snacks with us so we don't spend as much eating out, but we will probably eat out for lunch both days (again, trying to keep it all pretty cheap).
I have heard camping out is always an option for these short trips. How much does it cost to just stay at some camping ground for two nights? Also, do these places have showers? How much would it cost for us to just stay in a decent hotel up there for two days?
Anyways, these are my primary concerns, and I would love to hear back on how much I should expect to pay for a trip like this or how to make this trip cheaper.