Two friends and I are hoping to travel from NY to LA in summer 2009. We have roughly estimated our total budget as £9000 or $12,286.37 at todays exchange rates. (hopefully they go up again so we have to spend less!!) This is our first potential route, we are open to suggestions and would like to keep it as open ended as possilbe so theres the chance to just get lost and have an adventure
We are looking at doing that in 4 to 6 weeks, with 5 days in NYC and 5 in LA,it comes in at 4764 miles. From reading some of the adventures that you guys have been on that dosen't seem that much, but my entire country's only 900 and change long!!! So it's quite a daunting prospect. With our time off, that works out at about 150 miles a day, which is more than do able, would you reccomend shortening the time, or increasing the distance as 150 miles daily dosen't seem that long to me.
We Are looking at buying an RV in New Jersey, driving the way and either selling it or dontating it to an organisation of somesort in LA. I've been reading alot of posts in the past day or so on foreigners buying cars in America, and it all seems very confusing!! We have a friend who lives in NJ and where wondering if in anyway that helps us? Insurance wise we are, or will be! 22,22 and 21. All with full clean UK driving licences, will our age affect anything, in the UK the younger driver more expensive insurance costs start to fall at 21, is this the same there?
Also, are we ok to drive on our licences, or would we need to take a test?
As we are from Nottingham, we (quite sad, i admit) are hoping to travel to other Nottinghams in the USA, and have tried to plan a route around that.
I'm not sure if the RV would be a viable option, but the cost of renting a car and staying in motels seems to be prohibitive. I am all up for camping occasionally, but I'd rather not for 6 weeks and I doubt they'd be space in any we could afford or be allowed to rent for alll our stuff, us and our camping gear to fit comfortably.
Having only previously been to NYC I'm unsure on food costs outside of such a big city, we were thinking on £20 or $27.50. This is realistic in the UK, but would it be there?
With wanting to keep our plans somewhat fluid, we are planning on not buying a return ticket before we travel and just picking one up when we get to LA. This also gives us the option of giving up and flying back from anywhere, should we get bored/ill/poor! Is this allowed or do we have to have a return ticket to enter the country with your imigration laws being so much stricter then ours.
I apologise for the rambling! I have thousands more questions to ask but i wont take anymore of your time up! Hopefully we'll get to know eachother better in my coming year of planning!