My husband and I are planning a road trip from north Alabama to San Diego. Tentatively scheduled for the last week of February-1st week of March.
I have lurked around the forums and learned alot already. However, since neither of us have EVER been on a trip of this sort before, I need all the help and suggestions I can get.
This is what I know so far:
* We have alloted 11 days (this is about the travel experiance as opposed to spending a lot of time in one place)
* We've set aside $2000.00
* I have a 2003 Ford Taurus. High milage but good upkeep.
* We will stay in Yuma, AZ for 2 days with my brother in law.
* Would like to camp for a couple of these days somewhere along the way.
These are my concerns and what I would like input on:
* Will this be enough time? Possibly could extend to a full two weeks including weekends.
* Is this a realistic amount to budget? Can bump up the amount if needed.We want to enjoy ourselves, but also don't want to eat up our entire savings.
* Thoughts on car rental. Maybe a good idea considering the milage on my car? Also less worry over breakdowns, because rental company would replace on the road right? We have never rented a car before.
* Itinerary suggestions. Ie: How far can we reasonably go before stopping for the night? Interesting towns to stay over in?
* Pros and cons of driving main interstate vs. scenic route
* We would like to drop into Mexico at some point for a day, ending up in San Diego.
* We'd like to return on a different route. One that would take us through the Grand Canyon.
* What is the weather like in that area during that time?
*Ideas on packing, food (cannot do fast food EVERY day. yuck) sites, must haves, must sees etc.
And last but not least, should we be worried about getting kidnapped by a serial killer? (I am, but he's not)
This seems really overwhelming since I've written it down and I know I've forgotten some things. Would appreciate any help, suggestions, advice, etc.
Private msgs. are ok too. Again many thanks. Oh yeah, we're newlyweds...should I be worried? haha