I am looking for information on planning and going on a summer cross-country roadtrip on the cheap as a high school student. I have always wanted to take a roadtrip like that, and currently I am writing a feature article about it for my school newspaper and would like some general info. A few questions:
-what are some suggestions to keep the trip cheap, but livable?
-what kind of a budget would one need to take a trip from (approximately) New York to Los Angeles and back, taking time to see and do interesting things along the way, keeping in mind the previous question?
-is it recommended to spend every night in a hotel/motel, or is staying in your car some nights better?
-can you suggest some routes to take (from NY to LA and back) that would take you through the most diverse cultures, areas (urban, rural, etc.), and natural settings (desert, forest, plains, etc.) in the U.S. (and perhaps Canada)?
-what are some tips to keep from getting mentally and physically sick on a trip?
-should you try to bring a lot of stuff (food, clothes, euipment, etc.) along, or buy things along the way as you need them?
-what are some ways to avoid conflict with people you are travelling with (assuming that they are friends)?
-should a shorter roadtrip be attempted first before embarking on a cross-country journey?
-how long would a be (approximately) to travel from NY to LA, taking a mix of back roads and interstates, and stopping at some points of interest (national parks, famous spots, cities, etc.)?
-what kind of passenger car would be recommended for a party of 2-5 people?
-what are some very interesting, fun, pretty, or simply cool places to stop at on such a trip?
I know that I asked a lot of rather specific questions, so feel free to answer whatever ones you want, or none at all. That said, I would apperciate any and all help and information. Thanks!!