road tripping poor skills

road tripping poor skills

I've worked hard for 8+ years to earn my bachelors and masters degrees, and I'll finally be graduating next month. To celebrate, I am moving out of my apartment, quitting my job, and going on a cross-country road trip (for 6-8 weeks) with my boyfriend. I've wanted to do this for as long as I can remember, and I feel like if I don't do it now, I won't ever get to do it. Now, I have saved up a several thousand dollars as a cushion, and so has he. I can afford to do this, because I've planned (as far as making sure I saved money in the last year), but I want to do this trip as cheaply as possible, while still having fun. It's really important that I do this as cheap as possible, because when I come back, I won't have a job or a place to live. I need to reserve as much as possible to allow for this. -We are driving my Honda Civic, which gets pretty good mileage, luckily. -We will be tent camping 90% of the time. The rest of the time, we'll either we staying on family/friends' couches, or using Couchsurfing.com (if I can talk the boy into it). And neither of us are above sleeping in the car at a rest area. We really don't want to resort to using hotels. -We really want to eat out as little as possible, but I do know you can only do so much on the road, because (A) the food gets boring (ie: PB&J every day for weeks on end will kill me), (B) we probably won't be able to cook our own food more than once a day on the camping stove, since we'll be moving about. When we do eat out, I'd like it to be a cultural experience. Go someplace that's special to that region, something unique, etc. I guess what I am asking for here is any tips you can offer me about anything travel related -- especially from your first-hand experiences. Easy/Cheap things that we can bring in the car for food (we'll have a cooler). Easy/cheap stuff to make on a camp stove. Cheap/Free places to camp. And fun and inexpensive things to do along the way. We are very much into hiking, but I'd also like to go to awesome museums, obscure tourist attractions (ie: largest ball of twine"-type places), etc. If you know of cool stuff we could hit, give me suggestions! We haven't made any reservations or definite plans, so we're very flexible right now. Any and all suggestions are welcome. Thanks so much, guys! -Kate
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