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.
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 ]