I've been looking around these forums for a few days now and just decided to join as I have a ton of interest in Road Tripping. Sorry for this being long too :/
Some background, I'm a 21 year old junior in College in South Florida but home is Tampa, Florida. I've lived in Florida my whole life and have only been to different parts of the country a few times. So, why do I want to road trip? I'll be graduating in 2013 and I have plans to leave Florida and live somewhere else, getting a job and possibly graduate school. The main place I've been looking into is California. I have never been there but feel as though, from what I've seen, I would love it. But how am I going to know where I want to get a job until I've seen places. I think the best time to plan a trip would be summer between my Junior and Senior year, this time would be between May-August. My start destination would be Tampa, Florida. I do not mind to see sights, unless it works in my favor and I have time. Also, I need this trip to be as budget friendly as possible, meaning some nights I plan to sleep in my truck.
Goal: To explore California and check out some cool sights on the way
Start Destination: Tampa, Florida
Ending Destination: Tampa, Florida
Once I get to Cali: I'd like to drive up around the coast and checking out the main cities in California including-
Time: I believe I'd like to do this Road Trip in 2 weeks:14 days. I would like to take my time in Cali.
Questions I have -
I have thought about flying into California and renting a car.
Pros: Saves Time, Maybe Money(haven't worked that out yet)
Cons: Im 21(some rental places don't rent to 21 year olds), I wouldn't be able to see Arizona or all the cool states on the way.
Do you think flying and renting would be better for my goals?
If I were to drive from FL, which way would be best to come back (from North Cali)?
Honestly, what I'm looking for is some insight to what other people think. I was talking to one of my professors and he said to me "how do you know where you want to live if you've never explored." I'm young, have no strings to hold me back and feel that now is the time. Please feel free to give me some input or advice, ask questions, or even tell me I'm stupid and I'm not ready to do this. Thanks guys.