So I have flights booked from Sydney Australia into Las Vegas and out of JFK New York to London England. I'm English but living in Australia and just on my way to visiting home. Although my plans have changed and I have an extra month on my hands. My plan when I booked them was to get an internal flight from Las Vegas to JFK, but now I'm thinking good excuse for a road trip!
I'm on a bit of a budget as I didn't really plan this trip, so going to bear that in mind too.
I did a road trip 5 years ago from Miami to Dallas and thoroughly enjoyed it. I did next to no planning though, so I want to be a little more prepared this time with a route, things to do along the way and hopefully somehow find some people to meet and hang out with and get some useful tourist tips from along the way. Didn't find that meeting people was too easy last time.
Which route to take? I'm really looking for help here as I don't know one from the other! The warmer the weather the better, friendly places are a must. Roughly a month to make the journey, although I don't want to be on the road every day and not for crazy long periods either.
I'm thinking either hire a car or buy something and somehow try and sell it before I fly out of JFK. That's probably not going to be too easy and buying a car won't be too easy as I'll have to do it quickly. Maybe just hiring a car would be better, in which case considering I'm going to be doing a one way trip and not returning the car to Las Vegas, what recommendations would you have in where to hire something that I wouldn't mind doing a fair amount of driving in. I'm 6ft tall, so don't want a compact if I can help it.
I normally go for the lowest insurance cover and then make sure that my travel insurance covers vehicle excess charges, usually up to $4k or so. Is this what people would recommend when renting a car?
Thinking of staying in Motels (as I did last time). Youth Hostels don't seem to be a thing in America from what I've seen (although I could well be wrong). I'm not going to camp in a tent although I don't mind basic cabins on a camp site. Safety is my only real concern here.
I think if I could get some advice from some of you seasoned travellers as to a route and stops, I can build it from there with recommended places to go to, things to see, ideas for meeting some friendly people and so on.
Would really appreciate any help and ideas.