First post. Cant remember the last time I joined a forum but this one excites me. My girlfriend and I have decided to drive to Brooklyn and make it our new home. (well her home again. my new home)
The possibilities are endless. I have done most of my traveling outside of the united states and finally I have my chance to have a memory for a lifetime. I am 23 and my main concern (besides my girlfriend and I not killing each ther) is financing the trip. I still afterall need to survive in NY once I get there!
Let me just add that we are shipping everything we need. and Ideally we would leave here around mid feb or march (maybe later depending on the weather in the states we travel in...still need to look into that)
My questions are. I have tried in my head just over the past few minutes to think of how much this is really gonna cost me. Realistically this trip is gonna last in between 2 and 3 weeks depending on how we feel and probably most of all finances.
Is this extremely simple break down reasonable.
400 total for gas. ---I have a honda civic which gets pretty great gas milage this accounts on the road trip calculator for about 4000 miles which seems to over account for miles.
then I break it down daily (this is per person)
15 a day food --- we can eat out of coolers we figure and eat out maybe 2 out of every three days. Neither of us are huge eaters and with a hotplate and a cooler this seems to be about right in my head
15 a day for lodging --- We are young. we plan to use sites like couch hopper and perhaps camping for about 2/3 of the nights we stay as well as friends houses and the other 1/3 or maybe 1/2 we would like to find cheap motels . that 15 a day accounts for a motel maybe 2/5 of the time.
10 dollars a day extras --- you never know. parks movies etc cost money. we probably wont drink much and if we do a 5th of vodka in the cooler suites me fine for a night in.
add to that perhaps some purchases at the offset like a stove and perhaps a national park pass and financially that makes sense i think...
please let me know. is it too little. too much. The cheaper we can work it the longer we can stay out there but I dont think either of us are prepared to eat ramen 3 meals a day and sleep in the car.
other then that I am itching for some routes. I have hardly seen anything in the U.S.
I plan on buying a huge map in the next couple days but whats reasonal attraction wise to focus on if we are gonna take a southern route. (though we dont have to)