I'm a new member of RTA as of today. However, for the past few weeks, I've been browsing just about every RTA thread I can find concerning 48 state trips...because I have big plans for one in May 2013. You see, I get out of school the first week in May every year and start my full-time summer job the first week of June (but ultimately my start date is up to me). So I have a month, give or take, to complete the trip of my dreams! I realized I wanted to do this after driving from Nashua, NH to Fort Lauderdale, FL in two days. Felt like we could have done it in one! I did most of the driving, 8-10 hours per day on the 4 travel days. Loved it, actually. My trip for next year will be a solo.
Okay, getting to my point here. I've done planning and budgeting, assuming gas will be around $4 a gallon. I figured I would need around $2,000-2,500 total for the trip. But I've been hearing nasty rumors about gas prices inflating in a ridiculous way. What have you all heard about gas prices? 5, 6 dollars by next year?! I'm just not even sure what a good source would be to research this in the first place.
Additionally, what are some tips for saving money in general on road trips, including gas money, since there's nothing I can do about the prices? I have plans to buy a Civic or Camry (my dad's Camry got me to Montreal from Boston on just over a half-tank of gas!) in a few months for commuting to school in the fall.