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  1. Default 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 where you can stay on someone's couch for free overnight... won't go into detail).

    I plan to hit up:

    Lancastar, PA
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Columbus, OH
    Indianapolis, IN
    St. Louis, MO
    Springfield, MO
    Branson, MO
    Little Rock, AR
    Dallas, TX
    Killeen, TX
    Houston, TX
    Patterson, LA
    New Orleans, LA
    Birmingham, AL
    Atlanta, GA
    Charleston, SC
    Charlotte, NC
    Richmond, VA
    Baltimore, VA

    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!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Green County, Wisconsin

    Default the math

    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..


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