What kind of jobs do you guys have that allow you to take off for a month/months at a time to tour?
I've been tossing around ideas in my head about spending a few months next summer doing a tour through the US. I have a 9-5 that's not bad for a desk job but it's just that: a desk job. I'm about through with sitting in a cube in front of a computer day after day.
My parents have a grad school fund saved up for me and I'm thinking about taking advantage of that starting next fall, and if I play my cards right I could quit my job in spring, take off for most of the summer, and make it back just in time to get started with school. I've been trying to save up money so that I can maybe, actually pull this off.
Which leads to another question: What kind of a budget does touring require?
I would be doing the stealth camping/campground thing most of the time. So hopefully not spending anything on lodging most of the time and not spending much on it at all, if I was going to. What is a realistic food budget? What about repairs and replacement gear?
If anyone's interested the route I have in mind would start in VT and pass through Toronto, Madison and Chicago, for a start and then I'd like to hit kentucky, tennessee, the mississippi delta, and back up through SC, NC, VA and WV if possible. You get the idea. I have never been down south and I have loved delta blues, bluegrass, and appalaichan mountain music for years.
Thanks for any insight or advice you guys might have for me!