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    Default What is a reasonable per day budget for an Ill to NY trip?

    My husband and I are planning a 3 week road trip this summer. We live in Scotland (me: American, him: Scottish) and I have not lived in the States for over 15 years (so I'm not sure anymore on what we are going to find). We have a few questions and are hoping this forum is the perfect place to find the answers. Our route: from Peoria, IL to Pennsylvania and Upper New York, then back again. We don't have to be in a specific place at a specific time. We would like to just drive when we want and stay when we want. And if we only go 50 miles in one day, fine! We would like to just let the mood take us. If we feel that we would like to stay in a place for a couple of days to rest or really discover an area, we can. And the other side of the coin, if we find a place is not for us, we can move on and easily find a place just up the road. So the first question is:

    1) Can we do this without making any reservations in hotels? We would like to stay in more independent hotels/motels. Are there still Mom-and-Pop type hotels around? Are there still these small motels in small towns or have they been taken over with big named, cookie-cutter type places. Will most small motels have refridgerators/microwaves? Is breakfast included at most places?

    2) Is a $150 budget per day reasonable? We are talking gas, hotel, food and entrance fees? We are renting a mid-sized car. We are thinking of taking a cooler and getting sandwich making stuff for lunches. Then for dinner, we are looking at sharing a meal, since American portions are so much bigger than we are used to here in the UK.

    3) Do small towns still have laundramats that we can use?

    4) Is wi-fi available in most areas?

    Thank you so much for your help

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    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    You should generally be fine to go without reservations, as long as you are flexible on where you stay. The biggest thing to watch out for is areas having special events that could fill up hotels in a town. There are still mom and pop motels around, and many of them will have fridges/microwaves available - usually for a few extra bucks - but it will be a motel by motel basis. A small breakfast, of coffee and rolls/toast/cereal is pretty common, but will again, depend on the specific motel, especially when you are going with independent places. Chains are generally pretty consistent with what they offer for breakfast.

    $150 seems reasonable, as long as you are not including the rental car charge within that figure. With the rental, that might be a bit tight.

    Most towns still have a laundromat, and actually, most motels will also have a coin-op washer and drier available for guests.

    Wi-fi is easy to find. Most motels will have it available, although sometime for an extra fee. It is also very common at restaurants, and some other public places, like libraries and the such.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midwest Michael View Post
    ... most motels will also have a coin-op washer and dryer available for guests.
    And some like the Candlewood Suite chain offers high quality washers and dryers to their guests at NO cost...

    I know that your preference was for non-chain lodging -- but one of the advantages of chains like Holiday Inn Express or Candelwood suites is that all of the locations have been updated with comfortable beds & etc. Mom & Pop places lack the $$$ to keep up in that way.

    Mark
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    Quote Originally Posted by scottishquine View Post
    1) Can we do this without making any reservations in hotels? We would like to stay in more independent hotels/motels. Are there still Mom-and-Pop type hotels around? Are
    We went across country last summer with few reservations. The only places we felt the "need" to have reservations were when we were getting into a touristy area and/or on a weekend, or if we knew we'd be pulling into a place in the latter part of the evening and didn't want to chance it.

    there still these small motels in small towns or have they been taken over with big named, cookie-cutter type places. Will most small motels have refridgerators/microwaves? Is breakfast included at most places?
    MOST of the motels we stayed at had a refrigerator and microwave. Almost all of them had a breakfast, but they varied. Even the small town places had both.

    2) Is a $150 budget per day reasonable? We are talking gas, hotel, food and entrance fees? We are renting a mid-sized car. We are thinking of taking a cooler and getting sandwich making stuff for lunches. Then for dinner, we are looking at sharing a meal, since American portions are so much bigger than we are used to here in the UK.
    I hear ya on the cooler, sandwiches and other food. I believe sharing a plate is possible in most restaurants, though a few specifically say that there is an extra charge for sharing a plate.

    3) Do small towns still have laundramats that we can use?
    Yes, you just have to ask at the motel. Most of them had their own machines for customer use, though you may have to ask. Cost is around $2.00-2.50/load for wash, about the same to dry.

    4) Is wi-fi available in most areas?
    Every place we stayed at had wi-fi, even at Disney Florida (which had just put it into the rooms). Motel 6's charge extra for it. We stayed at a few mom-and-pop places that had better wi-fi than the chains.


    Donna
    Last edited by DonnaR57; 04-10-2013 at 05:32 PM. Reason: fixed quotes

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