First i'd like to say how great this site is and how helpful its been over the months to really give me some great ideas and knowlege.
For about three years now i've been dreaming up and planning a trip to explore, visit, and have the time of my life traveling all throughout this great country of ours. But with summer fastly approaching I decided to start a thread and hopefully get a little info from some more seasoned road trip vets.
My basic outline for the trip is to hopefully visit all 48 states (but i'm not completely set on that if things unfold that way) over the span of about 3 months im my Jetta which gets pretty good mpg. If everything works out as i hope, the crew will consist of myself and two good friends. Probably like most people, we plan to camp the majority of the time, stay at a cheap motel to freshen up sparingly, and stay at a few friends and family members along the way. We'll eat out of a cooler, cook when we can, and eat out for a nice break here and there.
As for what we want to see on our trip is really hard to pin point. I guess we plan on visiting a lot of National Parks, most of the Major Cities, and a few off the wall things we might hear about along the way. But our main goal is to take our time, stop if we feel like it, and just let the trip unfold as we go. I have a basic route as to which direction we'll be going, but no real timetables or planned roads we'll be traveling.
I'll ask a few questions here and there, as the trip comes closer, but my first major question is on our budget. I plan to have at least 3,000 dollars, and possibly four. My other friend can contribute at least 2,000, but probably a little more as well, and the my last friend can be a little sketchy at times when in comes to saving money, but he says he'll be able to contribute around 1,500. So at a minimum we should have roughly 6 to 7 thousand dollars, but i'm thinking we might be able to stretch it to eight. I'm just curious on any of your ideas on that budget from previous experiences?
Thanks for your time!