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11. Posted by ematraveller78 (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y

I was in Mexico and 'similar and it's hot

12. Posted by jhoney (Inactive 16 posts) 1y

applepiexx ! You are right I think bus is most convenient if you are unknown to that region and you also can enjoy the services of any tour organizer like GBT because in this way you can enjoy guided tour. I often use its services but if you like to enjoy a private tour then car will be the right option for you.

13. Posted by BlazeAdventure (Budding Member 11 posts) 1y

Hi, Car hire isn't a feasible option in the US and Canada if you want to remain in budget. Of course it depends on destination, but most major cities have great and affordable public transport systems where you can buy passes in chunks for a bit cheaper.

Another option instead of staying in hostels and sleeping in the car is to try couchsurfing. You can meet some new friends, and really dig in and learn about the city.

I would avoid any set tours. Not necessary in North America. Go to a hotel, grab a free map, and you can go anywhere you want, when you want.

14. Posted by applepiexx (Budding Member 22 posts) 1y

thanks berner! yeah i thought it would be expensive to hire especially as i will only be 24. we have just looked at amtrak never thought about getting trains thankyou! :)

15. Posted by applepiexx (Budding Member 22 posts) 1y

Hi BlazeAdventure :) I had a look at the couch surfing website a bit ago but it seemed like something you had to plan in advance but were not sure how long were gonna be in places as were just gonna go with the flow when we get there! Yeah i defiantly i don't want to be sight seeing on tours i want to wander off and see things for myself :D good way too keep the cost down also! Definitely going to stay away from hiring a car now thanks for the advice guys! :)

16. Posted by berner256 (Travel Guru 497 posts) 1y

I wouldn't rule out renting a car in certain places where public transportation is limited, or nonexistent, particularly if you're interested in scenery, or want to visit national parks that don't have tour operators. Sometimes you have to spend money to get the most out of your trip. It's a matter of priorities. Check the car rental sites to see what the potential per-day "under25" surcharges are. I wouldn't rule anything out at this point. It's been suggested in a related forum that one option for the short-term visitor is to buy a vehicle to tour the U.S. instead of renting. In my opinion, buying is impractical. The laws governing driving and motor-vehicle registration vary from state to state. But they agree on this: Valid motor-vehicle registration requires proof of liability insurance. That can be problematic for nonresidents. Those determined to buy should check with the motor-vehicle department of the state in which they plan to purchase; or check with the local office of the American Automobile Association. Finally, in planning a visit to the U.S., look at a map; and go online to determine distances and travel times. You may be surprised.

17. Posted by BlazeAdventure (Budding Member 11 posts) 1y

Quoting applepiexx

Hi BlazeAdventure :) I had a look at the couch surfing website a bit ago but it seemed like something you had to plan in advance but were not sure how long were gonna be in places as were just gonna go with the flow when we get there! Yeah i defiantly i don't want to be sight seeing on tours i want to wander off and see things for myself :D good way too keep the cost down also! Definitely going to stay away from hiring a car now thanks for the advice guys! :)

Hi applepiexx,

Shame couchsurfing won't for you, but best way to travel is a bit of randomness :)

what might be a completely odd recommendation that may work is camping. I've met a number of individuals that have camped their way through Europe and beyond. I've never actually done it myself, but I do bring a lightweight backpacking tent when I travel to keep the option open.

Regardless, however you decide, I'm certain your trip is going to be an awesome one!

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