Hello, I turn 23 in April 09. And by summer 09 I plan on moving to Seattle.
I'll be saving my money, working two jobs, and head out June.
All I know as of now is that I will save every penny and that I have a dependable car - it's an 07 Chevy. All I plan on taking with me on the trip is my clothes, laptop, and minor everyday essentials.
I've lived primarily in NH my whole life. But I've lived in Hawaii also & Oregon most recently for a year two years ago. I do have family in Oregon. Which is where I'll stop first before Seattle.
Anyway, I am here for all the advice I can get financial wise and scenic wise.
I initially thought head straight through the middle of the U.S. to Oregon. But now that I've found this site, I realized if I am going to do this now, should I make it worth it?
I LOVE the ocean. I could live there if I could afford it. So I wonder if it is possible, for me in my situation, to travel the coast of the U.S.?
Like head from NH through the Carolinas, pass through Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, head up through Cali and end in oregon. But then I wonder how much longer that would take.. I figure I'd get out in and enjoy a few hours in every state and see some good sites. And stay in campgrounds since they're cheaper than motels.
But my issue is that I'll be alone. And I'm only 22 right now. And not to sound vain, because I am not, but I do generally get hit on a lot by men. A lot.
So the question of my safety plays a hand - big time. I am not afriad at all - which is why I think I need advice. I am extactic at the thought of finally taking a road trip across the U.S. I've always wanted to since I was a kid.
Now that I want to move again across the country, I figure since I need my car wherever I move, I should make this road trip worth it.
Should I cut through the U.S. through all the northern states? Or take the coastal trip down south and then up through cali. How much longer would that take? and most importantly, how much money in gas?
I think it is more logical for me to take the straight route. Even with that route, how much in gas would you guys say in money in gas, cheap food, and campgrounds? And is it gernally safe for a single young woman to travel like that in campgrounds?
Or am I being stubborn and too independent thinking I'll be okay by myself at campgrounds?
I already am saving for my aparmtent in Seattle, car payments, etc. But as far as my road trip total cost - what should I shoot for?
Thank you for the time to read & any help! Much appreciated :)