My name is Simon, I am from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. This July I am planning to make a road trip with two buddies of mine in the States. I have researched your site and forum, on which I have found excellent tips, but decided to post our situation to make the best use of your experience. Thanks in advance for reading this and replying.
Our main problems are around money and a car (so also closely interrelated).
The goal of the trip is, first of all, to simply make a road trip, drive the interstates, feel the open highways and to be on the road. Second, we like America and would like to experience the culture and scenery and all its different states. Third, we would like maybe to hit a country festival.
Obviously, we can't ship a car across the ocean. It seems there are three possibilities. 1. Buy a second hand. 2. Rent. 3. DriveAway.
1 would seem best for me, the question is: is it legal for foreigners to buy a car and drive it? What about insurance or registration?
2 is an option, but probably very expensive.
3 is cheap, but gives little freedom and makes dependent.
About the route, we haven't yet figured out exactly. Some would like to hit the Southern states first, then back to Chicago, then Vegas, then Seattle, then back to LA to catch a plane to NY to get home. Sure we are flexible, and we can skip one or two destinations. Is this doable in four weeks?
Then, accomodation. We are experienced campers and plan to camp 3/4 of the time, the other 1/4 find a cheap motel. We might go out occasionally, but in general will be prepared to sleep and eat as cheap as possible, by cooking ourselves etcetera.
The bottleneck to make this is the money.
How much would a car be? Would it be easy to get one? Or to sell it again in LA?
For food, we counted a $1200 each. Is that reasonable?
Thanks again, if I have forgotten essentials let me know.