Solo road trip... shorter drives and more overnight stops
Hello everyone :)
So I'm planning out my first solo road trip. I live in NY and am planning on driving out to Killeen, Tx where my cousin lives. I want to hit up a lot of the major cities along the way and also want to keep my driving time under 4 1/2 hours a day.
My plan is to basically drive in the early morning, get to the destination by afternoon and explore the city, then stay overnight with a "couchsurfer" (it's a website couchsurfing.com where you can stay on someone's couch for free overnight... won't go into detail).
I plan to hit up:
St. Louis, MO
Little Rock, AR
New Orleans, LA
Does this sound feasible? I'm giving myself 20-30 days to do this because I really want to have a 1/2 day at all these places to explore and also so I can grab a drink at night with whoever is hosting me and see the nightlife as well. Obviously I wouldn't go too crazy since I would have to get up early the next day, but I really want to stretch this trip. I also don't think I could drive more than 4 1/2 or 5 hours a day by myself, so I want to keep the driving limited. Since I wouldn't be paying for camping/motels (maybe just buying them a drink or two as a thank you), I am thinking I would be able to do a semi reasonable trip. I plan to at least take $1,000 with me so I can really enjoy this.
Has anyone ever drove such short distances? Does it make sense to stop by all these places? I feel like if I just stopped for an hour or two I wouldn't get to really enjoy the culture of the place. Is 30 days and $1,000 enough?
Thank you so much for any help you might have!
There's certainly nothing wrong with traveling short distances and seeing alot. I don't think its possible to travel too little in one day, as long as you are having fun and enjoying your trip.
$1000 to live on for a month is pretty spartan under any circumstance (its trying to live on less than a minimum wage job). You're looking at about $600 in gas alone. If you eat on just $10 a day, which really is a pretty barebones budget that doesn't leave hardly any room for eating out at all, that's another $300. That only leaves $100 left for everything else, and when you throw in spending $5-10 a day on drinks or some other form of gift for your host couch, you really don't have enough to get through your trip..