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1. Posted by john1111 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 31w

Hi,

I'm hoping to travel to America from London within the next couple of years but want to start planning now.

I'm 18, almost 19 and have some savings I will use. I'm working now and will be saving most of what I earn now for travelling as well.

I enjoy sports so would like to attend either Basketball, NFL, Baseball or Ice hockey. I'm not bothered which one or which team its for, just want to attend for the experience of it.

Basically I need help with how to travel, where to stay, what the best places to visit are from your experiences and finally what's the best order to go in e.g. start off at the top of the east coast and work my way down to the attractions? or just go to any attraction and then travel to another one not worrying about the distance in between?

My budget is probably about £4000. I know people say they can get loads out of that but then some people say it won't last long.

I am willing and want to stay in hostels, motels and camp sites. not bothered about hotels as most are far to expensive.

I'd like to visit new york as that has a lot to visit and see, i'd like to see niagara falls, from any border.
Also would like to go to the wonderful beaches they have.

I will be 21 by the time I go so hiring a car or camper van would be possible to make travelling easier.

I look forward to hearing from what you think and the experiences you have had and the sites you would recommend.

John

2. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 1672 posts) 31w

"... or just go to any attraction and then travel to another one not worrying about the distance in between?..."

The #1 mistake I've found that UKers make coming to North America is an inability to comprehend size/distances. The US is over 75 times larger than England... think about that for a minutes... for a first time traveller who has never been out of the UK that's an almost incomprehensible amount of geography.

Fortunately though every square centimetre of the US is covered in great detail by guidebooks, tourism websites, travel blogs etc. It's a VERY easy destination to research so it's not difficult to acquire a very good grasp of the attractions/logistics/etc. then you can come back with more specific questions.

Lastly, £4000 is not a lot of money is any 1st world, developed country - especially one where distances are vast and where the low budget backpacker infrastructure is thin. Investigate options like Couch Surfing.

Have fun with your research.

Cheers,
Terry

3. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 384 posts) 31w

Hi,

How about trying to see all of the sports, & plan your trip around that.
Their regular seasons are played at different time of the year so I would start by looking at the different sports seasons to get an idea of when you need to be somewhere. Set on a game or two for each & then plot your tour from town to town.
I would assume that playoff games are more expensive & harder to obtain & there are also pre-season games that might be the opposite.

If you get to Niagara, make sure you go on the Maid of the Mist - The most exciting thing to do in Canada.

Steve

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6. Posted by Simondunn (Budding Member 9 posts) 28w

Hi I am wanting to travel to the USA in December I have assult of battery and criminal damage on my record and a few cautions will this stop me entering and getting my visa need help as wanting to plan my trip to meet a friend asap

7. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 1672 posts) 28w

No one can offer accurate advice when you give no clue regarding your citizenship or any details regarding when the assault happened or what was the result in terms of penalty.

Read this, starting at Post #24:

http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=22639&start=21

All the best to you.

Cheers,
Terry

8. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1944 posts) 28w

If this is a first visit to the States, I encourage you to start on the West Coast instead of New York, and I would also start in a smaller city (cheaper and more manageable/friendlier). I would also not worry about using your own car - just too expensive here. They have a few bus tours oriented towards foreign youth that might be of interest.

December is one of the worst times for travel here - weather and expense are the problems! I suggest Spring or Fall months instead.

[ Edit: Edited on 10-May-2014, at 08:41 by Daawgon ]

9. Posted by Simondunn (Budding Member 9 posts) 28w

Hi the link didn't work could you put it down again and I got arrested for criminal damage and assult of battery nothing I have done is a moral turpitude I'm just wanting to travel for 2weeks for a holiday it is my first time do you recon I will have trouble to get my visa I have applied for my police certificate all these people are saying lie about criminal records and stuff but surly it's best to be honest I am worrying because I have met a girl online Amd really need to visit and I need help and advice on this my criminal damage happened 3years ago and that was on my home property and my assult was last year but I won't be traveling till December like you must no someone who has been approved the access with these sort of records or even more serious just want to no weather I would have any problem

10. Posted by Simondunn (Budding Member 9 posts) 28w

I am from the uk if that's what you mean on my citizenship and all my arrests and cautions was in the uk but nothing is moral turpitude