My fiancÚ and I are from southern Illinois, and we have started to plan a trip for next summer to travel the entire country. I was using this route I found as a rough draft for where we'd go. http://rhiever.github.io/optimal-roa...landmarks.html Most of our focus is on the western part of the country, so thats where we'd head first. If our budget permitted us to go further once we branched off into the east we would go for it. We planned on saving between 8k-12k staying at campgrounds and cheap hotels. Advice on maybe purchasing a van or just taking a gas efficient car would also be appreciated. I thought we may be able to buy a decent van between 5-10k and maybe focus on selling it when we get back. All aspects of traveling, I would love to learn about. Like I said we have 12 months or more to prepare for this and saving the money will be very easy. Any advice is well appreciated. Thanks!