My wife and I had a long term plan ten years ago,we planed to across a continent every five years , ten years ago we crossed the Far East, five years ago, we passed through Europe, this year we plan to cross the United States.
We’d love to drive through Australia in five years,then Africa, fifteen years later, hope to Antarctica.
We thank you for your patience for my broken English, I will try to explain anything confuses you. This summer, we will spent a month with our 3 years old daughter,driving a van,start from Los Angeles, all the way to New York City, then returned to Los Angeles through the southern line.
Please give us recommendations in the following areas:
We tried driving a friend's van for free, it is toyota van with one hundred thousand miles of mileage.My friend told me this car has been just turned up and in very good condition.
Or should we rent a better car with $1200 per month?
With a 3 year-old girl, we can not camp in the wild just like before,Is it ok just stay in youth hotels or Budget Hotels.
Is there any way to reduce the cost?
We plan to Highway 15 to Highway 70, through the Great Lakes, to the east coast.
Then we are driving to south,to Atlanta ,through Louisiana to Houston. in Houston we will have a break, and then continue the trip, through New Mexico and Arizona, back to Los Angeles.
The total trip can be one month, Is it ok for 30 days?
Instead the round trip, we can have a one way trip so that we can have more time to stay and have rest.
4) food and water
Do we need to prepare any additional food and water?
5 ) Insurance
We have prepared a AAA insurance, and ready to fly back to for any kind of unexpected situation. Do we need any other insurance? Such as travel insurance, medical insurance?
6 ) Gas Station
I do not know whether there is sufficient gas station on the highway . We will have to prepare a t-mobile phone with data plan so that we can use google map, but not sure if we can find a gas station every 200 miles in the planing trip line.
7 ) CommunicationIs t-mobile’s signal good in the central United States?
8 ) Budget
Our budget is $10,000 for this month. Included hotels(motels), meals , fuel, tickets for the national parks and museums, parking fee and the car’s maintenance. It is what we can afford now.(flight is not included)
9 ) Cities/Towns to stay
Because we are very familiar with the United States, all of our knowleges are come from the books.Would you please suggest some appropriate cities, towns or places we can have a rest. My wife like art muesum and I am very Interested in
the natural landsape.
Timothy & Yao