Hi, everyone. Feel free to call me crazy, as I've gotten it many, many times in the last couple of months from this desire to travel to colder climates.
The starting point would be southwest Florida, and the endpoint would be around the Boulder area in Colorado. I've kinda left it open-ended, as long as it's close to that. No ski resorts for me, I'd probably end up in a tree somehow...
I mostly want to see if this is doable, because I've gotten such mixed responses thus far. Except for the people calling me crazy, that's kinda unanimous. I graduated last year from high school, and have heard all these stories from people (from adults looking back, not peers) about how wonderful it is to travel, to get in your car and go, and how it's really worth it (most of the time).
Of course, I've gotten this "do as I say, not as I do" response, too.
I'm not looking for anything especially fancy, because I'd be going by myself. I asked others if they were interested, but it turned out they didn't have the time. I had kinda already made up my mind that I was going to do this, though, so that didn't really kill anything for me.
I've gotten a few maps from AAA, as well as pamphlets on what there is to see and do along the way, and I would really like to try to do a road trip like this before summertime.
I have the option to just fly there if it's entirely too dangerous/impossible and, as I've heard, insane, but then I'm restricted to taxis/shuttles/buses to get me anywhere I want to go. The rental car isn't possible, due to my age (18). So, I'm determined either way, but the reliance on others does detract a little from the charm, I have to admit. Then again, if it's the marginally better approach in a case like this, I could understand that too.
I do have money saved away, but I'm not one to spend all of it in one place, so the maximum I would want to spend is about $1200-1500. Mostly, what I'm looking for is an opinion or advice that won't fluctuate day to day! It's difficult to be told one day to go and live life, and then the next to be told that it's completely stupid and irrational. I can take criticism, don't get me wrong, but not when it's all over the place.
- Is it possible, given the budget? I could certainly use a bit more, but I do try to stick to budgets as much as I can.
- What things are there to see, on any given route? I was given 3 possible routes by AAA, but they suggested for me to use the Southernmost route, simply because of the bad storms around Kentucky and Arkansas right now. That would be I-75 until I-10, taking that and getting off along I-49, I believe, and then driving through the mountains.
- Am I just being crazy like everyone says? On the up-side, my car just had its brake pads replaced, two new tires, a convertible top repair, and an engine flush, so it's as up-to-date as I can make it.
- I know I can drive for a minimum of 8 hours without becoming tired. I'm sure I could go more, but I tend to have to make stops a lot, for better or worse. I get nervous when my gas tank dips below half; no matter how much I remind myself I'm not close to running out of gas, I just have never been able to get rid of that nagging worry. Maybe that's good, though?
If I can, I'd like to have part of it planned, and leave part of it to be open. Is it unreasonable?
Thanks for reading anyway, sorry that I'm really not good at being concise!