I'm in the preliminary planning stages for a long roadtrip I'm trying to take sometime next spring or summer (2008). The plan is Boston to Vancouver, Vancouver to LA, LA to Tampa, Tampa back to Boston, hitting all the big cities (and small ones) along the way. It'll be 3 people, over about 30 days, with a ballpark estimate of $2500 per person (food, lodging, gas, entertainment, misc).
Has anyone ever had luck getting a "sponsor" to chip in a few bucks for the trip? One of the main reasons for taking the trip is to document it all with a nice digital camera. I'm getting a Canon Rebel XTi, and when I get back, I'm going to have all the good photos printed into a book, with accompanying stories and essays about the trip. I'm not a "professional" photographer, but I was hoping I might be able to get Canon to throw some money my way if I would mention the camera frequently in the book. I know it's a long shot, it's just a thought I'm considering. I'm also thinking of some fundraising ideas...maybe having some friends' bands play a benefit show or something. Any ideas/suggestions on getting other people/corporations to pay for some of the trip?