Hi all. I'm an EU citizen working for a high-tech company in California. I do my work via the internet so I can do this wherever I am. I've been working mostly from home in Amsterdam for the past 2 years and I've saved up some travel money so the idea is to make a road trip across the US whilst not having to take (m)any days off work. I've not determined the route yet but that can come later. If it works out well I may be driving for 2-3 months, and I'll be on my own unless I meet fate, or something :)
First of all I'm wondering if it would be possible to stay online with for example an EV-DO kit that I can borrow from a colleague. My thinking is I can drive for about 4 hours on a driving day, work 7 hours and spend the rest of the time reading, relaxing and having fun in general. I need to be pretty sure that where I'm going will have coverage in order to keep in touch with the shop. Has anyone here tried such a thing before?
My preference would be to have a van since I believe it would be easier to park wherever is possible and the mileage would be better. I'd like to buy a van in the Bay Area as that's where I'd be starting and I've been looking at the VW Eurovan with tilt roof. I find these vans to drive very comfortably, but I'm not sure whether they sleep well or not. Sleeping I would want to do in the van for 5-6 nights a week, and 1-2 nights in a motel to take a bath or a decent shower and get a good night's rest. Are truck stops good to use for sleeping and parking whilst I do my work online? Do they cost any money?
I've also heard of Wallmart parking but again I would need a place not just for the night, but to stay at for part of the day as well.
So my basic questions are:
- what van would be best? (or a small RV, but no trailer)
- is it possible to stay online for work and have you done this?
- where can I best park to sleep?
Thanks for any advice!