My friends and I will be graduating high school this spring and we want to have a last hurrah of sorts before we go off into the 'real world'. (Gotta get your kicks while you're young, after all.) However, we have little experience planning road trips and would really appreciate any advice, especially concerning budget and time.
(Disclaimer: We plan on being financially independent - and cheap - for this trip! We all work and have already saved about $600-700 in anticipation for this summer. We're not the "Let's max out Daddy's credit card and find a mall in every town" sort, believe me!)
We are still in the tentative planning stages, but I have always dreamed about a Route 66 road trip. I love Americana (kitschy stuff, old diners and old cars - all of it!) and the idea of traveling on 66 appeals very strongly to me. I'd also like to be able to say that I traveled the entire thing and develop my sense of adventure while I'm young! At the same time, I know this is a VERY ambitious goal, and I thought I would at least throw the idea out there to see what you seasoned travelers had to say about it.
The thing is, we would only have about three weeks to get there and back. This is kind of unavoidable because of summer jobs and the fact that we'll all have to prepare for college when we get back. Having traveled DC-Chicago many-a-time, I know that we would probably speed through that portion of a cross-country trip, but still.
I don't want this to be rushed, though - I want to have an adventure, experience a lot of new things, and bond with my friends. So please let me know if this is a realistic goal to even think about!
One more thing - we are all 18-year-old females. But if I do say so myself, we are all level-headed and have street smarts and common sense. I know that experience is the best teacher, but we are fairly independent and this would not be the first time we have undertaken a trip without our parents. Despite this, I know things do happen - do you think such a trip would be safe for us?
By the way, we live in Northern Virginia.
Any ideas, input or suggestions for road trips that would make this a summer to remember?
Thanks so much in advance!
ah, and I just remembered - one of my friend's fathers said that should we plan to go through with the trip, he would pay for the gas money as a graduation present. there would be three or four of us total.