I am making plans to travel around the USA in a mini-van for about 3-5 months, I would probably do about 35 states or until I am bored, or poor, or tired of Americans.
My life is simple, and I keep it simple by not making stupid decisions, I do my best to avoid biting on the possibility of problems.
Error on the Side of Caution
That is probably the buzz phrase for how l plan my trips, I am more than willing to delay a trip if there is even the remote chance of discomfort or stress. But, then again, I have no pressing plans for the rest of my life, I can do as I wish today, and that make life simple. I talk to a few retired people that are very busy, I think they entered the world clueless, and will leave clueless.
No Plans, No Hurry, No Need to Think
I like to fall into the obvious, there are some obvious good decisions in life and if you look at the average temperatures above, then maybe waking up in a van at 47 degrees Fahrenheit is OK in May 2012 for me.
47 is the Low for May, and Extremely Cold for me, Andy Graham
Americans deal with a lot of weather crap, Europe is two times worst, it is one of them cultural things, they have always been cold, so what is new?
Wearing a jacket for seven months of my life is outside my acceptable dream for my life. That mean, Indiana is only good for me about five months a year, the rest of the time I am going to be in the Tropics avoiding this I-Got-To-Accept-The-Weather crap. I do not have to accept the weather, and anyone trying to make a USA road trip should not accept the weather. The cost of all travel doubles, triples or quadruples with cold weather. It is close to impossible to shop around for room in extreme cold, and I cannot just say screw it, and go sleep in the van if it is below freezing.
My List of USA Road Trip Problems to Solve.
1. Buy a mini-van for between 1000 and 2000 USD.
2. Buy prepaid USB wireless Internet Modem access that works for the whole USA, I am hoping to get this for around 125 per month on an unlimited bandwidth plan. Help?
I can do all the purchase while on the road, all I really need to do is figure out how to make hot water with 12 volt for a hot water dip shower in the back of the van. So, in a way, I will need to construct a waterproof area with a drain at the back of the van, this is easy enough for a person that can fix anything but a broken heart.
Contrary to any plan ideas, living in vehicle is boring, I need to leave a lot of things to do, so I can keep my mind busy.
If you would like me to stop and sleep on your couch for free, eat all your food, then click on the contact button above.
Andy Lee Graham 14 years of International Travel, and trying to get back in touch with my own USA culture by making a USA Road Trip.
90 countries that are easy, and now opting for a hard one, and Europe is truly a mess, a horrible place to travel. I like wanderlust, and the USA and Europe kick that word in the teeth, wander is a hard thing to do, when you have to fight everything, and the tropics remove the weather variable.
Andy Lee Graham in Montellano, Dominican Republic I will probably fly to the USA at the end of March 2012.
Gadget from has written 1,020 comments
I joined three of them:
... primitive and wise cultures lived. anyhow, i feel that way about vandwellers. we are drawn to a way of life on the fringes of ...
A place for single folks who enjoy living or camping in their vans to meet and get to know each other. Perhaps we can meet in person and camp together? This list is for unmarried ...
I would suppose on how to work them.
Thanks, I will keep all this vary simple, a shower and a mattress.
john from has written 85 comments
Well, I know you don't like California, but if you are ever in the state my family would love to say hello to you, maybe we could even invite you over for dinner. As far as a USB modem goes I would vote Virgin Mobile. I use them, they are valid across the USA, the device costs $80, no contracts, and the data costs $50 a month for unlimited (but they threaten to throttle you after 2.5 GB, but they have never done it to me).
Gadget from has written 1,020 comments
I like California, and southern California surf boardwalks are great. I do want the world to know that California is not the USA and the culture has lost the plot. Immigration or emigration to a location almost always causes problem, and California is damaged goods.
davidavid08 from has written 20 comments
I have done a fair amount of van living in the US. You do NOT need some of the things that you think you need. example: 12v system to heat water. By using Craigslist, you can set up a van with a minimum of fuss and cost.
I am in Sosua until the end of March. Living in the Trade Winds area. email is firstname.lastname@example.org
We can meet most anytime.
mike99 from has written 30 comments
I would recommend you just get a YMCA card and then after the first month cancel it that way it will work all across the country (after you leave your initial city the subsequent cities are not computer linked to tell that your card was not paid) you can take a shower in any gym. Or if you have extra $ then get sign up for 24h fitness and use the shower there plus you get free workouts.