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January 15, 2013
7:14 pm
drevil1969uk
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Hi all, new and just joined. (thought I would get that out if the way)

 

Some really good ideas and advice on here etc and it has inspired me more so to try and plan things. But I wouldn't mind some advise on anything I have missed out. I also haven't done an itinerary as where I want to stay etc but know I roughly 21 days give or take. Also don't want to go where the tourists go, I want to try and go off the beaten track a bit.

 

Obviously I need Flights to Chicago and from LA. Insurance, car hire, money for food, money for souvenirs, petrol (gas) Am I missing anything from that list?

 

For the car I want to have warm plus cool clothes (As driving through a few states temperatures will change) plenty of water and snacks (boiled sweets or something) break down kit for car? and a couple of maps. No doubt one will get destroyed. Again, anything missed?

 

Thanks for looking

January 16, 2013
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Drevil--

In general, coming in from overseas your two biggest expenses by far will be Airfare and Car Hire (we call it Rental).  They may be in reverse order if you are under age 25 (big rental surcharge) and going just one-way (up to $500 extra).  

For most people the trip is shorter, but with 21 days or so you will have a considerable motel expense.  Economy lodging might average under $50 a night with wide variations (more in and around big cities).  You can also spend $100 a night on average for upscale lodging.

Petrol (gasoline) is actually not that big an expense.  $225-$250 is what you will pay today to do Rt 66 one-way in a Corolla or similar economy car.  Food can be quite cheap, $5. a day or less with sandwiches and apples...perhaps $10-12. at fast fooderies.  Here too, you can easily spend much more. 

An insulated water jug is a great idea, along with granola bars etc.  You can get both at a Walmart or supermarket after you arrive.  The EZ66 Guide, referenced elsewhere, is also very helpful. 

January 16, 2013
9:19 am
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Thanks for the reply Frank

 

First off, I wish I was under 25, but anyways! I don't mind paying the extra $500 and should of mentioned I had considered that as well. I don't want to feel rushed with anything that's why I am thinking 21 days, want the luxury of just being able to take my time and not rush, whats the point otherwise?

 

I thought $100 would be about right a night, although I fancy mixing it up, a couple at $50 etc. Ah, but how much would fuel cost in a convertable? That book will be purchased without a doubt and maybe a couple more guides. Liking the water jug idea too. Wonder how practical an ice box would be.

January 16, 2013
4:33 pm
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Drevil--Taking your time is the best idea of all.  You won't run out of things to see, explore or enjoy.  And there are possible nearby side trips too, including Branson MO, the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam and Las Vegas.  All within 1-2 hours.

$100 a night will get you some nice upscale lodging.  The very popular Mustang Convertible is supposed to get 30 MPG on the highway, and 23 combined.  Using the latter, you could make the one-way trip for $400 or less at today's prices.  If you do want one of these, reserve well in advance...there's lots of demand, especially Chicago to LA!

The ice box (known here as a cooler) is under $10 and great for sandwiches and cold canned/bottled drinks.  You can get one at Walmart and supermarkets.

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