I'm from the UK. Me and a friend are planning a trip across america. We are hoping to leave around Jan/Feb next year (2009).
We want to fly to New York, stay there a few nights and then buy a 2nd hand car and spend about 2 months or so driving across to Los Angeles, hitting loads of destinations on the way, staying with friends, etc.
We plan to finish up in LA. Sell our car, then fly back home from LAX to London.
Just wanted to ask some advice regarding all of that. For example, petrol cost? Considering we will be on the road for about three months. (Not driving the whole time). We'll spend a lot of time in some locations, not using the car. Also, is it a good idea to buy 2nd hand car? I just heard it was sometimes better as it can cost a lot of money to hire a car, and we want to be on the road for a long time, with no restrictions.
So, any information you could give us, that would be great. We are planning to save a minimum of £2500 each. So, about $5000 each.
That gives us $10,000 between us for the whole trip.
But that'll have to cover flights, food, petrol, car, etc.
Accomodation, we dont mind sleeping in the car, or camping, or crappy motels. And we will be stopping off with friends in some places.
So...what do you think?