Alright, so here's the breakdown. We have 4 great buddies right now that have been planning a road trip from Los Angeles to Canada and explore most of the parts. We are all going to be 18 by the time of the trip with the exception of one person. However, we can all drive with the exception of the 17 year old. Everyone going on this trip is American except for me because I am Canadian. We've discussed that the trip will also take 14 days and 13 nights.
So basically, I have thought about some of the concerns and they are all here numbered:
1) Purpose: Our goal is to visit as many places throughout North America as possible. We are all great friends and most will be for our experience. Sight-seeing is fun but the this is so that we will have a once in a life-time thing that we will never forget.
2) I have already planned out 9 stops where we will actually see the sight.
Start: Ontario, CA
1. Portland, OR
2. Vancouver, BC
3. Calgary, AB
4. Thunderbay, ON
5. Ottawa, ON
6. Washington DC
7. Nashville, TN
8. Albuquerque, NM
9. Home Sweet Home!
Of course, there will be nights where we lodge at motels on the side of the highway. I am planning to also stop by Whistler and even Winnipeg at some point of the trip. It seems quite insane but I have been through this before as a teenager with some of my older friends. Some sight-seeing spots would be great if possible. If you think that the stops should be changed so that we will have a more worthwhile trip than that would be cool too.
This is one of the bigger issues that I have with the whole Road Trip. The trip will be approximately 8000 miles while driving my dad's 2001 Camry LE Edition which gets maybe 30 mpg making our total gas expenses $1000.
Food costs will not be much of a problem because no one going is a picky eater. I predict cereal in the morning, skipping lunch and instead having constant snacks and finally a dinner on the grill or even out to a resteraunt. I predict around $50 a day for food and multiply that by 14 and the total is $700.
Sight Seeing...I can't think of stuff on the top of my head but we are definately going to go to a Vancouver Canucks hockey game, Whistler Blackcomb, Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto Raptors game etc. I figure that will total up to around $1000 for all of us.
Lodging is another key thing that could save us plenty. We do have a lot of connections within Canada and a lot of Relatives. I think it would be cool for us to stay at some relatives' places on occasions but motel every other day which is around another $100 per day making the total $700 for lodging. That's actually everything I can think of up to this point so the grand total of this trip will be around $3400 give or take.
We have four people with us on this trip which means that each person puts in $850. We will have 14 days to waste so that means each person can spend around $60 a day give or take. Of course, not everyday will be sight seeing...in fact, we are willing to grind out whole days where we just focus on driving. We plan to stay in Canada for as long as possible so out first couple of days from Ontario to Vancouver will be driving pretty much.
4)The Border: This is my biggest concern up to this point because I really am not sure of what the rules are up to this point. Are we allowed to bring things over from Canada to America. Novelties....Food....Clothes....stuff like that.
Of course, this whole trip is still very rough up to this point and we still have around a year to plan. But we are definately going to see this whole trip through. Please leave advice on anything such as the budget etc. I have even thought about renting a Hybrid and then going out on our trip but I don't think that will save us anything.
Much help is appreciated, thank you.