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  1. Default Family Road trip 5 weeks. East Coast?

    Hi All,

    Lovely to have found this website. My husband and I plus three kids aged 4, 8 and 10 are looking to do a 5ish week Road Trip next year. We are from New Zealand. Pretty sure we will do the East Coast Massachusetts to Florida but open to ideas.

    What are everyone's thoughts and suggestions for transport? Would we be better renting a car and booking accommodation along the way, or hiring an RV. Budget is not high end but not backpacking cheap either.

    Throw me all your ideas! As at the veyr start of this adventure

    Thank you :-)

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

    Default Two Major Bits to Munch On

    Nau mai! Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    As you start to plan, there are a couple of pieces of advice I'd give you. The first is to forget renting an RV unless you are used to traveling that way and thoroughly enjoy it. RV travel is not about saving money, they are in fact much more expensive than the combined cost of a sedan rental and mid-range motels. This is especially true when you factor in the costs of 'kits' including bedding and kitchen equipment, parking/campground fees, and the extra gas needed to push them down the road. They can also be unwieldy in cities and impossible to park, putting at least a minor crimp on where you can go.

    The second thing is that you should seriously consider is to do a 'loop' trip where you start and end in Boston (presumably) drive down to Florida by one route and return by another. This lets you maximize the amount of the country you get to explore. And it lets you return the car to the same place you rented it, saving possibly hundreds of dollars in one-way drop off fee. You may also be able to save a bit on your plane ticket if you fly into and out of the same city, be it Boston or Miami. Fortunately we've already described just such an itinerary.

    Last edited by AZBuck; 04-03-2016 at 10:42 PM.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Melbourne, Australia

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    Since this trip is not till next year, I highly recommend you get some good detailed maps to get a good idea of how many routes you have to choose from and the various attractions along each route.

    When you have some good maps you might find the following paragraph helpful to help you design your very own trip.

    Quote Originally Posted by AZBuck
    Start with maps. Not GPS, not software, not Google, but real honest-to-god paper maps that show you your entire route, that you can mark up (and erase), that you can stick pins in, and that show something about the land you'll be driving through. Those are your essential tool in any RoadTrip planning process. Start by marking all the places you know you want to visit. Then connect the dots. Then look for more places of interest and scenic routes along the lines connecting the dots. Repeat until you've got as many sites and roads as you think you want.
    If good maps are not available locally, you may like to purchase a Rand McNally road atlas from the RTA store via the link at the bottom of this page. Good maps are invaluable during the planning state, and essential when on the road. You see so much more detail than you can within the confines of a small screen.

    Enjoy the planning.


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