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I am graduating college next August and I am planning on taking a 3 month (give or take) road trip around the US. We will be leaving from the Austin area and heading west (New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, California) then heading north (Oregon, Washington), then heading east (Idaho, Montana, Minnesota, all the way to New York), heading down the East coast to Florida, and then back west over to Texas. This is not exact, but a similar route as to where I was thinking for the route.
The whole reason for this trip is just to go explore the US. We want to go to beautiful places, sight see, hike, camp out, stay in motels every 2 or 3 days out of the week, eat at diners and inexpensive restaurants along with eating out of a cooler and a portable stove, going to ballparks, major cities, small towns, and just going wherever we feel like. If we see a cool town/store/attraction, we want to just stop and explore it. We don't want to rush by anything and really just stop and enjoy where we are.
I need some help planning though. I am completely novice when it comes to road trips and being nomadic for more than 5 days.
Here are some things I was wondering and was hoping someone could help me with. And I am ever grateful for those that help me.
1) What car to take/buy? (compact - corolla/civic, SUV - crv/element, RV, winnebago, teardrop trailer, etc.)
2) How much money to save? (I know we will be traveling about 38,000 miles so I need to save a lot for gas - about $5,000 but also considering money for for restaurants, tours, motels, recreation activities, etc.)
3) Where to stay/live? (In the car everyday, in cheap motels everyday, camping out everyday - what are my best options?)
4) Where to use the restroom and where to take showers?
5) Anything else I need to know.
My dream goal is to try to save $20,000 but will that last me 3 months or do I need to shoot for $30,000? That price includes everything - buying a car, gas, food, lodging, activities, etc.
Any advice is helpful! Thank you!