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1. Posted by dahlstrom (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

In a year I'll be in college, I plan on completing my bachelor's degree and then setting out to travel. I'd like to start by seeing the United States. What better place to start then home, right? Anyways, in addition to just wanting to see the countryside, I want to take a photojournal of my travels and write fiction and non-fiction stories about the people I meet and places I visit. I don't plan on taking any specific direction, but I want to see the midwest, pacific northwest, new england, southwest, and deep south (I know, that was just a more broken down way of saying the entire country). Chances are I won't have a whole lot of money, which isn't that horrible of a thing, but I am in touch with reality and I know I'm going to need a way (other than walking) to get around and have some cash for food/lodgings. I'm seriously considering becoming a truck driver, so I'll have a steady flow of cash as I travel. However, I don't see this affording me the time to pick around and experience the nuances of the country. So, if I could have any advice, experience, or opinions on how I can fund this, I'd be extremely grateful. I don't mind living a ramshackle existence during my travels, but I'm going to need a way of making enough money to keep me moving.

Thanks,
Aaron

EDIT: Also, I do have a reliable car, so that's one way I could go. However, gas is horribly expensive. How are greyhound buses? I'd like to have more interaction with people, plus, it seems that they would be cheaper. Does anyone have experience with this? In addition, I do have quite a bit of savings that I could fall back on, but I'd rather let them sit in the bank so I have something for later in life. That's why I'm trying to figure out a means of making money on the road.

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 3, 2007, at 9:23 AM by dahlstrom ]

2. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 9y

Aaron,
I don't have answers to all your questions, but here's a few thoughts for you. One would be to take into consideration that while you may have more interaction with people by riding the bus or train you'll probably be able to get better photographs while driving (and stopping). A possibility might be to hook up with another person or two who want to travel the U.S. and get them to pitch in for gas money. Bus or train might work as well, though you'd want to price it out, as it can still be expensive. If you want to save money on lodgings, camping would probably be a good bet, just be sure to research for cheap/free sites. I don't know that truck driving would work out too well, but it might depending on the company and all. However, you may have to buy your own rig/cab. Not sure about that, but most truckers I know do. It might be better to try to drive a tour bus, either the coach or sleeper type. Getting a job driving for a dance or theatrical tour around the country would afford you some flexibility and might give you a chance to see a good bit of the country. It would be especially good if you could get a job with a company that does sit-downs (i.e. stays in one place for a week or so.) That's about as much as I can think of right now. If you want advice on places to visit give me shout back.
-K

3. Posted by dahlstrom (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

Thanks a lot! That is a very good point about having to buy a rig, I'll look into that. So far, trying to find a couple other people sounds like the best idea for me. One question, for anyone who has traveled for a long period of time with other people: how did it affect your relationship? did you seem to fall away from eachother because you were in such close quarters together (like driving around the country)?

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