I am 20 year old male and I plan on taking about a week, maybe longer or shorter, solo road trip from Rhode Island to Pennsylvania,to about South Carolina, and then back. I will be driving everyday for about 3 or 4 hours. I've taken road trips with my family but the closest I've gone to going alone was with my friend and brother but that was just a two day trip (Penn. and back). I am doing this for the experience and have been wanting to do this for a while. I like to read books like Into the Wild and On the Road so these types of things really amuse me.
Some concerns I have:
1. The physiological part:I know it can get lonely on the road for a while and I have admittedly have had problems with depression and a little anxiety in the past but never too serious. I tend to just over think things (ex. I'm a hypochondriac). I know driving for a long time can make you over think and I've heard that's what scares people from doing solo road trips. Would this trip be bad for that or would it help and be good for me to be a lone for a while? Or how could I get through that when if I do get lonely?
2. Secondly, I plan on driving about 3 or 4 hours a day. I did this fine the last trip but since I'm alone should I drive less or could I maybe do more each day? I know its based on how tired I get but I'm trying to estimate so I can plan my trip. I want to climb mountains on the way and really look around at stuff since I'm going through a lot of natural parks.
3. Any suggestions on what to see for whoever has traveled on the east coast? I like hiking and doing outdoors activities. Since I'm going through Tennessee I definitely want to see Nashville and want to go as far as Charleston SC. I've been there once and loved it. I'm going through Gettysburg and camping there because I am a huge history buff.
Any other suggestions would be great. I admit I'm nervous but REALLY EXCITED. I think things like this are really fun and want to do them as much as possible. Thanks!