Since I was a teenager it’s always been a dream of mine to rent a car and travel across America and last year that dream became reality. It’s almost become a bit of a cliché these days since there have been so many books and films on the subject, but clichés only become clichés because they’re so definitive of their purpose. So when I say, “Road trip!” you say, “America!”

Budget America

It’s not a cheap project to plan though, and as with most travel over a longer period of time, you need to be at least a little bit organised otherwise you’ll wind up not seeing everything you want to. So if you’ve made the decision to road trip America, and you’re committed to it, you really need to sit down and work out the logistics. While it may feel like you’re reigning yourself in, trust me, good organisation is what gives you the space to break off and do the impromptu stuff when the occasions present themselves.

Havasu Falls

When you’ve decided where you want to make your main pit stops, you really need to think about where you’ll be staying while you’re there. Having a definite itinerary of places to stay will keep you on track and give you a little extra security as you’re travelling. It’ll also give you a chance to get a feel for the country you’re going to be staying in for however many weeks. America is so expansive and each state has something different to offer. There are some useful tools online that help you to plan where you’ll go and how many stops you’ll make.

Alternatively you might want to try staying in hostels. Now, before you get carried away on the idea that hostels are for hoards of teenage travellers looking to bunk in a giant dorm room, allow me to dispel the rumours. Hostels are great. If you’re travelling alone, they can be an awesome way to get chatting to like-minded people, and most places offer single or twin rooms as well as larger dorm-style rooms. Granted the smaller rooms cost a little more, but it’s just another option if you’re not into sleeping in close quarters with strangers. But! Consider the fact that there isn’t a huge hostel culture in the US, so make sure you plan ahead if this is your chosen way to stay.

Budget America

If you’re hoping to be really frugal, why not consider camping? This is a great way to really get in touch with the places you’re staying in and take in the gorgeous surroundings. America has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world and this way, you can be part of it. Plus your only outlay will be your tent, which will pack up and sit in the back of the car like a quiet, super useful driving mate! Alternatively, if you’re hoping for a roof over your head, you might be interested in staying on someone’s couch. There are a lot of community websites that set up like-minded free thinkers who are completely welcoming to weary travellers from around the world.

However you choose to arrange your accommodation needs, the most important thing to remember is that you’re heading for a place where pretty much anything goes.


Author Bio: Susan Granger is from a little town on the south coast of England and she is a free spirit who loves travelling and writing about her adventures. A small town girl, the vast American states call to her, while she has enjoyed visits to Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia and plenty more! 

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