Firstly, Sorry if I have reposted something that has already been said, I didn't find what I was looking for. Or if this is in the wrong thread.. I wasn't sure which one to post under either.
So, My husband and I are starting a USA road trip on October 4th. The route is somewhat ambitious... We plan on driving down the west coast from Vancouver, through portland, Napa Vally, San Fransisco, Santa Barbara, LA, Anaheim, San Diego, then up to Vegas, to the grand canyon and some form of route across to Miami (hoping to see san antonio, houston, new orleans) Where we will be doing a caribbean cruise and Harry potter theme park (the entire purpose of this trip, well... other than just travelling lol)
Then, probably fly or train up to DC and New York, Then train back from New York/DC (not sure which way around) all the way across to San Fran then to LA to fly back home to New Zealand on December 3rd (although I may consider pushing those flights out a little)
SO, the big hitch is, we only have about $8000 (Im a temp so if I can get more work, we'll have more than that :) . We will be living in our van for most of it, although will be ditching the van somewhere between Miami and New York. I understand that this is a VERY ambitious route, so i have a backup plan... Drive as far as we can on $4000 and when that starts running low fly/train/bus the rest. Im super flexible. Im expecting the worse so planning for it! haha. Our flights are changeable too so thats not an issue. If we fall on our a$$ we can just go home.
Does anyone have any tips on how to make our money last? Do you even think this is possible or am I kidding myself?
We've converted our Astro van into a "camper" so we have built a level to store all our stuff underneath and the bed on top, with curtains and everything. We have camping gear, tarps, gas cooker and utensils etc to live basic (but we will be testing local cuisines of course). Its pretty comfy, although Im betting after a month living in it... its not going to be so much fun anymore. We have insurance on absolutely everything, so are pretty well covered there. (would rather not have to use it though! haha)
The "Must See's" are below. And are in that order! haha.
1. Harry potter theme park/ Orlando
2. Caribbean Cruise (for our anniversary :)
3. Disney Land (will get a city pass for this and San diego zoo)
4. Las Vegas - Cirque du Soleil. O or la Reve or both??
5. Grand Canyon/Hoover Dam
6. New york
7. Washington DC
8. Texas BBQ (although if we dont make it that far we just dont make it that far, no biggie)
Anyone have any other good recomendations?? and Ways to make our money last??