I'm a 24 year old male planning a solo road 2 month (70 days) road trip
Here is a rough route I have planned: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?m...uk&usp=sharing
I've been researching locations/expenses/other things about solo road trips, but wanted to ask some experts. I appreciate anytime you take reading and answering and of my questions. Thanks!
Q1: First of all, is there a better way to route my trip than I currently have? Maybe list some of your favorite websites to use for this.
As you can see I'm starting off in Philadelphia and plan on stopping at:
Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Mark Twain Ntl Forest?, OK City, Los Alamos NM, Colorado w/ friends from NM, Grand Canyon, Page AZ, Zion Ntl. Park, San Diego, Tijuana?, LA, San Francisco area, northern cal/southern OR, Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, Bozeman MT, Glacier Ntl. Park w/ friend from MT, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Mt. Rushmore, Minneapolis, Madison, Milwaukee, Chicago, Cleveland?, and then back home.
I have an excel file (which I'm unable to attach) that roughly states this course, and how many days I would like to spend in each location. Many places on the West Coast I'd like to stay in for 2-3 days to get a better feel for each particular city.
Q2: Does this seem reasonable to cover this much ground in 70 days, with stay 2-3 days at about 1/2 of the locations)
For my accommodations I plan on spending 1/4 of my nights camping (in a tent I have yet to purchase, Q3: does anyone have good suggestions/tips?!), 1/3 of my nights using Couchsurfing, and maybe 1/6 staying with friends I have from all over. This leaves the other quarter of my nights being spent in hotels. Assuming 70 days, $10/night camping, $25 for gift for host/night couch surfing, $20/night w/ friend, and $100/night hotel (hopefully staying in cheap motels mostly) this leads to a cost of $2,741, or let's say $3,0000 for accommodations.
For food I would say worst case scenario would be around $30/day for food. Keep in mind I'm 24 and like to grab a few drinks every now and then. This comes out to $2100. I'm sure without much effort I could cut this down to $20/day, saving me $700 for the trip. I'm not sure if the 700 is worth the preparation/worry/extra supplies I would need if I was supplementing with my own food.
I'm a pretty fit guy, and would like to keep my health/body in best shape as possible during the trip. I contemplated on relying on my hosts to use a kitchen to prepare a decent amount of food (high in protein i.e. chicken) that I could save in an ice chest to keep me for a couple days. I figured this would be good while camping and also for saving some money. However, I'm really leaning towards the hassle not being worth the savings. Q4: Does anyone have any experience with this - preparing and preserving your food while on the road?
For gas, with accounting for 2,000 "spare miles" and a rate of $3/gallon of gas (hopefully lower!!) and using my cars mpg (09 Ford Focus) I came out to a number of about $900 or let's say $1000. Q5:Is this reasonable?
This put the total cost of my trip at $6100.
Q6: Is this a safe estimate? I suppose I should be a bit more pessimistic and figure around $7,000 for other unexpected expenses.
Q7: How tough is a solo road trip, mentally? Although I'm very happy in my life right now, I am prone to anxiety and depression. I DO enjoy long drives (have done 10 hr drive straight in exactly 10 hr (speeding) ~5 times). I figured staying with my friends and staying with a (GOOD) couchsurfing host would help a lot with this.