All sorts of questions we need to ask to advise you properly!
When are you going? By the time you leave, you may even be able to get a basic DSLR for that price.
Next summer sometime, probably late July-ish. However I was thinking of buying fairly soon so I can get a bit of practice in before I go
What level skill do you have? Are you wanting 'auto everything' or do you want to play around a bit with settings and get creative?
I'd like to play around a bit to get some good shots and definately enjoy tinkering, not an 'auto' kind of guy
How important is size/weight? Are you willing to trade quality for portability? (You don't necessarily have to, mind... if you pay.)
This is the thing, we'll be gone for a month to 6 weeks or so, and travelling across the length of the country, so through a number of different environments... I guess size and weight is fairly important, but as long as I can fit it in a small bag I think i'd rather have quality really.
Will you be near a power outlet at all times, or do you want to carry a bag full of AA batteries with you into the Mojave Desert for a month?
Staying in hostels, cheap motels and the like so should be able to recharge fairly easily.
Cheers for any advice given, I realise its a rather generalised question, but I really dont know where to start.