To start, I am a 25 year old male that just recently graduated from college. I have no more school, no job, and I would like to take this opportunity to travel across the county. I plan to travel with a good friend of mine. Our trip will start in Southern California (orange county) and end in North Carolina, and obviously the return trip. I'm planning to travel across AZ, NM, TX, LA, AL, GA, SC, NC. Coming back, I want to take the states directly north of those.
I'm interested in any tips that would help me make this trip safe and cost effecient. I've never done a long road trip like this, so I don't know what my options are for lodging and showering other than renting a hotel room. Obviously that is going to get expensive quickly. I'm not in the best physical condition, so I can't go into campgrounds unless they are very flat surfaced.
As for safety, what should I avoid doing?
My interests revolve around a lot in historic western stuff. So deserts, ghost towns, old buildings, and country towns are my primary interests. j
I plan to take this trip around June 1st. My companion and I are unemployed and so we're prepared to take as long as necessary for this trip (1 month minimum?).