Hi everyone, I have been planning a cross country road trip for almost a year now, and I expect it will take place in the summer of 2016. I know it's a long while from now, but I am still trying to gather as much information as possible- especially about where to visit.
Though I've been planning for a long time, I DO NOT like to plan every waking second, every stop, place to eat, sleep, etc. The short trips I've taken are just winging it, pretty much going where the road takes me :) But, this is obviously a much bigger deal.
The trip would begin in Rhode Island, I would like to visit family up in New hampshire, then in michigan, make my way across to washington, down to texas to visit more family, then all the way to florida to visit more family and back up to RI.
As much as I like being on the road, I would like to make the trip memorable by visiting as many places as possible. Money isn't tight, I've been saving for quite a long time and my college expenses are already put aside. It also doesn't matter how long the trip is, I have a good 2-2 1/2 months. Because it will be my first LONG road trip, I have a lot of questions.. :)
1- This is a question I've seen a lot, but I figure here I could get the best answers from experienced road trippers :) I have a small car now but not one I would trust traveling far with. Any suggestions on which type of car is good for long distance traveling?
2- If I get a larger vehicle, would it be possible to sleep in the vehicle on some nights, and is this a good idea? If so, where do people usually park their cars?
3- Is it a good idea to travel by myself? I would love to travel solo, because I like to do what I want, take an exit if I see something interesting, ya know. But if I brought my sister or one of my friends, I feel like there would be some arguing on where to go, what to do, etc. As much as I enjoy shutting off my phone and taking in new things, I plan on keeping in touch with my family every day, mostly for safety reasons.
Thanks for reading, I appreciate in advance for any comments :D