Tips for a roadtrip through the US

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1. Posted by 11apfelsaft11 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

A buddy of mine and I are going to make a roadtrip through the United States, lasting eight weeks and starting out in New York City and leading us through various cities such as Miami and New Orleans to end in California.
We want to finance the trip with our savings.
Since the both of us are still in school right now our budget is not very high. Thus we plan to earn a little bit of money during the trip with product placements which are advertised in blogs and social media like Instagram.
Additionally we had the idea to put advertisements in form of stickers and decals from companies, which are willing to sponsor us, onto our car.

Now we are looking for potential sponsors and additional ideas / tips and ways to save and potentially earn money in the US with regular ESTA visas.

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 6842 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Welcome to the site. What's your question exactly here 11apfelsaft11?

3. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1784 posts) 1w 1 Star this if you like it!

I have two observations:

The USA is one of the more expensive places to travel, along with being restrictive such as a lot of car hire companies having minimum age limits (you said still in school - how old?) which would reduce your options so would raise the cost. Eight weeks is also a long time to travel in one culture, and while there are undoubtedly some points of interest along the way a lot of what you'll see is boring small towns with the same chain motels and eateries and nothing of interest to a visitor even though it may be a fine place to live.

Second, you need a lot of clicks to make any money. I hope you will have the funding in place before your trip and anything you hope to earn along the way from online is just to boost your budget for more luxury.

Have you put together a daily budget? You can research online the costs of your planned accommodation, car hire, meals, fuel, car insurance, medical insurance, and activities. Multiply that by your number of days to get a total. I suggest you need that amount before you go. And bear in mind that listed prices in the USA don't tend to include tax and tips. The tax can be awful to figure out as they vary by location and product type.

[ Edit: Edited on 27-Nov-2019, 09:25 GMT by AndyF ]

4. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1330 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I have grave doubts also about both your ability to rent a car and also how raising money on route will work out. Also as you probably know, a one way rental is more expensive.

It takes a long time to drive from the east coast or even the gulf coast to California. Some of the driving is pretty boring. If you have to turn a car in on the east coast that will be two journeys across the US which will probably take up most of the 8 weeks. It would be like driving from Finland to Spain and back.

I would advise (if the money works out) to see NY city for a couple of days without a car, then take a train down to Philadelphia, Baltimore or D.C. (where a car is also kind of a nuisance because of lack of parking). Figure out the cheapest place to rent a car in one of those places, and then drive down the coast on US 17 or along the border islands to Miami. From Miami you could drive down to Key West, or it is a nice drive along the Gulf Coast New Orleans. Then drive back by way of Louisville or Nashville to where you rented the car and turn it in.

Then fly to SF California. Rent a car there after you have seen that city,, and drive around the west coast for the rest of your trip - turn in the car and fly back to NY.

5. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1290 posts) 5d Star this if you like it!

You want to put ads and stickers on your car which means you plan to have a car. Most USA car rental companies will not rent to people under age 25 and those that do charge a premium. The first thing you need to do is see if you can get a car somehow. Then come back here and ask specific questions about the trip. If you drop off in a large, popular city like Los Angeles or San Francisco, the one-way rental may work.

A simple trip from New York City to Miami, Florida; New Orleans, Louisiana; Denver, Colorado; Las Vegas, Nevada and ending in San Francisco, California is 4768 miles (nearly 7700 kilometers). That's 596 miles a week or 85 miles a day so easy to do. You will want to stop and sightsee and may want to spend a few days in some places so you will have to budget your time but there is no reason you would have any trouble driving across the country in 8 weeks. We did a similar trip in 6 weeks one year and saw a lot and had a great time. The trick is advance planning.

First sort out your car or transportation. Next get an idea of what you really want to see and share it with us here and we'll help you map it out. You really do need to deal with your budget since if you aren't USA citizens, working here will be illegal so difficult. It would be better if you could do it without trying to make extra money unless you can find a sponsor like a local tv station or set up a blog with advertisers.

Good luck. I hope you make it. Sounds like a great adventure.