Next summer after all my homies graduate and im back in america we are planning to go on a epic summer road trip.
The plan was to get like 8 guys, two cars, a bunch of tents and go from place to place for around three weeks, eating ramen, enjoying life. Stay in tents most nights but get one hotel room and shower like once a week.
The only issues i see are getting alcohol and where to go.
Three weeks leaving from the midwest(iowa), where should we go?
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Look for dirt cheap hotels. Knights inn is generally always cheap as fuck. Like as low as 29.99. Americas best is pretty good. You might find some random trashy places that work as well.
If you're in a city be careful with the shitty hotels. In non urban areas they're generally fine but in cities you get interesting things. From bed bugs to crack pipes I've found interesting things in hotels I've stayed in or visited friends in.
Motel 6 is good enough that it's generally always clean, but also isn't too expensive most times. Obviously subtract a few people from your group and sneak them in the back.
Make a plan for your route and what you want to see but be open to change it. Adventure is more fun when you take the occasional adventure. Figure out what states have the cheapest/most expensive gas. Try to fill up right before you leave the cheap ones and make it across the expensive ones.
If you get super poor along the way and half to really cut costs, you can find some fast food freebies like burger king you can call in once a month and tell them how they did and get a free chicken sandwich. Also if you need to grill some cheap food and don't have a grill you can use a coffee can as a flat top.
If you aren't super poor sometimes it's nice to sit down in the ac in a restaurant and eat a real meal.
For camping sometimes the smaller more remote places are better, but if you're going to be getting fucked up and really loud the cheap packed ones might be the best bet.
Hitting some water is always nice whether it's the great lakes, the ocean, some river, or a gorge to cliff jump. Nice to get out of the car and stay cool.
Do the speed limit. Cops love out of state plates. Also if you're doing anything weird avoid Ohio in general. You won't miss much anyway. Also if you're doing anything weird watch out in the south especially virginia.
If you pass through states with dirt cheap cigs you can buy a bunch of cartons and sell them in other states along the way.
Be careful people don't fall asleep while driving. IF you're on the road for a couple weeks and have periods where you don't get enough sleep, then try to drive multiple hours, it wheres on people. On takes a second to nod off and crash the party.
I have no idea if any of that will in any way help you but fuck it, it's the best I got. Good luck, have fun.
Go to the boundary waters in NE Minnesota, I'm going up there for a week for a class and it's gonna be so dope. We get to go rock climbing, canoeing, hiking, fishing, pretty much what ever we want for like 5 days.
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Depends if you know how to budget. On a road trip the main expense should be gas. Everything else should be second. Eat cheap food, stay cheap places and don't do things that cost a shit ton of money(unless it's something epic).
If you blow money like crazy it will go fast but you have to avoid that(unless you're rich as fuck then go for it)
That said it isn't a bad idea to have a couple hundred bucks beyond what you expect to spend on gas food lodging for the trip as a just in case.
Also think about gas mileage. I like having a big roomy vehicle but at the same time I'm poor. I'd rather be a little bit cramped and saving hundreds of dollars than having a ton of room and getting total shit for gas mileage. It might not make a difference driving to school /work and back, but driving cross country, a few mpg's is fucking huge.
Following the Appalachian Trail would be pretty cool. Pretty hot an humid during the summer, but also amazing scenery.
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