First post here!
I'm hoping to get some help here with planning my road trip. Now, I'm still at the beginning process of planning and don't have any certain dates. To give some background info, I'm 24 years old, male, never done anything like this before, and, unless something unexpected happens, i'll probably be traveling alone. At minimum, the trip would last a month (I got the okay from my job to do this). However, I have been thinking of quitting my job altogether and doing 3 months on the road (6, if I'm feeling comfortable). I don't have anything holding me back, except 2 parakeets but I'm sure I can get someone to watch them. I feel like this is the perfect time for me to do this! I don't really like my job and don't see myself there much longer. The thing is, if I don't quit, I don't think I'll ever leave. So, while I'm sure I would feel better knowing I have a job when I come back (if I limit myself to only a month), I would be stuck at the same cycle I want to get away from.
I have a bit more than 10k saved to do this, but would like to budget myself to 5k, if possible. I was thinking of camping, as much as possible, and maybe staying at a hotel every few days, to lower cost. My question is, does every state have a place that I would be able to camp? I don't mind doing the "primitive" camping, where I park and have walk a distance to the campsite. If so, would it reasonable to expect to find open campsites if I don't reserve them in advance?
I have heard of couch-surfing but I don't think that would work for me. Admittedly, I don't do well with people I don't know (I'm awkward at small talk and stuff like that). I'm hoping a trip like this would help me with that.
And that brings me to my last question (for now). I'm naturally introverted and pretty shy, until I get comfortable with the people I'm around. Honestly, even the thought of doing this scares me. What is the likelihood of me enjoying this? What are the chances that I am unable to get out of my comfort zone and I end up cutting my trip short? I know it's a hard question to answer, since y'all don't know me, but any stories from someone in a similar situation as mine might be able to help.
Thanks in advance!