I am new posting but have read these forums a bit and am looking for your advice/ opinions/ estimates/ must-sees/ etc. any input helps!
So my plan is to get a van and drive cross country in it. I want to see the country and do it on the cheap!
I would build the van out so I can sleep in it, possibly have a mini fridge, cooler. I would have a portable grill for cooking.
I want to take about a month for the whole trip. I don't have a huge care for the middle of country so I was thinking spend a week each way from nj to Ca and ca back and spend 2 weeks really seeing the California coast from San Diego area to San Francisco.
I was hoping to keep food costs low by cooking my own food and just buying the dollar menu stuff most of the time and saving splurging on big meals only sometimes. Lodging costs will be minimal to none because I'll be living in the van/ camping and stopping at family and friends houses.
My estimates were like this
8000mi. = $1200
30 days x $20/day = $600
National park pass = $80
Oil change 2x $40 = $80
Fun = $300
Unexpected = $240
Total = $2500
What do you guys think? Is this close? I think I could possibly do it cheaper on some things. Any input in appreciated!