Wish We Had Known)
We want to give whoever is reading this some unsolicited
advice, because if you actually made it this far, you must
be interested. If you decide to go on this trip here are a
1) Get a AAA membership.
2) If you don't know what to do in a state, stop at the tourist
information stops. You'll be amazed what you'll find.
3) If you plan to stay in any major cities, get reservations.
It's cheaper and you never know if they're having a convention.
4) Be supportive of your traveling mate(s). You'll be stuck
in compact cars, hotel rooms and tourist attractions with
the same person. Make sure you're compatible and give each
other breathing room, when possible, on the road.
5) Plan. Even if you want to be free like the wind, at least
set-up a few points that you want to be at by a set date.
You'll waste less time this way.
6) Again, plan, but be flexible. You may think you're going
to cover a whole major city in a day, but be reasonable. This
is your vacation. It's not fun if it's work.
7) Mail drops are useful. A loved one at home can collect
your credit card bills and miscellaneous mail and send it
to a set location (one that you'll be at for a few days).
8) If you want to visit a lot of National Parks, get a Golden
Eagle Pass. It's $50 for a one year and will get you into
any National Park in the United States.
9) If you're going with a friend you trust, get a joint checking
account and credit card. Deposit a set amount and use that
for expenses. It's way easier than deciding who's paying for
10) If you plan to do a lot of camping, get a KOA pass and
stay at KOAs, they're great. The KOA pass will get you 10%
off of your stay.
11) Never overlook the option of staying with casual friends.
Some of the people we stayed with were "friends-of-friends"
who we'd never met before, and they ended-up being the greatest
hosts. Often their accommodations are nicer than a hotel.
Be sure to leave a thank-you gift. Creativity is recommended.