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11. Posted by OldPro (Respected Member 289 posts) 27w

If you took the time to do some lurking on travel forums and do some reading before posting, you might find that you would learn quite a lot by doing so and then be able to ask more relevant questions.

Basically what you are saying is you haven't got a clue and want people to give you answers rather than take the time to do your own research to start with. But no one here knows you personally and any answers they give will inevitably make assumptions about you and your situation which may or may not be relevant.

For example, you say you want to START in the USA and then travel elsewhere until your money runs out. Well, how MUCH money are you talking about? IF it was say 500 GBP, you'll last about a week if you are lucky in the USA. IF it is 5000, then you might last a couple of months on that. But then again, you might not if you want to stay in nice hotels and fly from place to place. What good does it do for anyone to ASSUME anything and give you suggestions based on THEIR assumptions?

The more relevant info you provide, the more relevant responses can be. But the problem is you need to first understand what info is relative and if you are clueless then of course you don't know what is relevant. Some people will answer any post with THEIR ideas based on THEIR assumptions even though they are equally clueless about YOUR actual situation. They will make ASSUMPTIONS and IF they get those assumptions wrong, they may give you advice that is NOT in your best interests. See what I am saying?

There is no substitute or short cut for doing your own research FIRST. My advice is to go through as many different travel forums as you can find and READ as many threads as seem at all relevant to what you want to do. A couple of days of doing that and you will see what info matters and WHY it matters. Then you will be able to post a much more relevant thread of your own.

For example, you mention 'Real Gap' which I presume is some kind of third party that arranges tours for people from the UK. Well, after doing some reading in travel forums I would expect you to form an opinion on whether any such third party business is useful, necessary, a rip off, etc. for yourself. For some people they may indeed be the only way to go if they do not have the self-confidence to go it alone. For other people, they are simply not needed and a waste of money. Which kind of person are you, I certainly don't know.

You ask about a travel companion. Well, for some people again that is the way to go but there are also downsides to such an arrangement. If you READ about 'solo vs. travel with someone you just met online' in travel forums, then again you may well come to your OWN conclusion as to the advisability of doing that for YOU. I personally would never entertain meeting up with NabilaK and travelling together. Not because I think there is anything wrong with NabilaK, but simply because I don't KNOW her and am not likely to ever think I would know her well enough from some online exchanges to want to risk making plans to travel together based on such limited knowledge of a person. Someone else on the other hand might treat the whole idea quite casually and just think, 'why not, I'll try it and if we aren't compatible, I'll just dump her and continue on by myself.' But how would that work if someone was scared to travel alone? End their trip?

So my advise again is to do a lot of READING in travel forums and not just in this forum. There are plenty of other travel forums as well. Trawl them all, read plenty of threads and educate yourself.

12. Posted by Patsyrose94 (Budding Member 15 posts) 27w

Thanks Oldpro for your informative yet patronising response (I say this because of the words in capitals, I find this unnecessary) I know noone knows me personally it was my first time using this or anything like it so I thought I would just throw everything out there that I was thinking at the time. Since then I have done more research and will continue to. I just wanted to see what other people had to say so I appreciate your response, I agree with the most part and will take it on board, thank you.

13. Posted by berner256 (Travel Guru 528 posts) 27w

If you plan to begin traveling in the U.S. in January, you'll face wintry weather throughout much of the country, particularly in the northern tier of states. Florida, as well as the Gulf Coast and southern California might be OK, though the Sunshine State can be subject to an occasional freeze.

Prices for accommodation will be more reasonable than during the peak summer months, with the exception of Spring Break, when students flock to beaches to party. There are Web sites devoted to the festivities at Daytona Beach, South Padre Island and other places. Frequently, students share expenses, making the trip more affordable.

It's best to travel with someone willing to watch your back. In other words, avoid a self-centered person. You'll meet lots of people on the road; so chances are you'll find someone you enjoy traveling with. That's certainly been the case with me.

You might want to concentrate your initial trip to the U.S. to a specific region, such as the Southwest or Southeast. This saves time and money. Many visitors don't realize the vastness of the U.S. If you're considering flights, Southwest Airlines and other discounters can save you money. Significantly, Southwest is the only carrier that allows free checked bags (2); and it is more accommodating should plans change. However, Southwest only sells tickets through its Web site. The other major carriers, such as American, Delta and United, match the discounters' fares on some routes and at certain times of the day. So shop around. It sometimes makes more sense to fly than to take surface transportation when covering great distances. Hope this helps.

P.S. If you're traveling in Florida, you might want to visit its many springs, such as Wakulla, near Tallahassee. It's a photographer's delight. Myakka River State Park is great, too. So's the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia.

[ Edit: Edited on 01-Jun-2016, at 15:15 by berner256 ]

14. Posted by OldPro (Respected Member 289 posts) 27w

Quoting Patsyrose94

Thanks Oldpro for your informative yet patronising response (I say this because of the words in capitals, I find this unnecessary) I know noone knows me personally it was my first time using this or anything like it so I thought I would just throw everything out there that I was thinking at the time. Since then I have done more research and will continue to. I just wanted to see what other people had to say so I appreciate your response, I agree with the most part and will take it on board, thank you.

I use capital letters to emphasis what I think is important in a sentence Patsyrose94. In speech it is easy to emphasis a particular word but in writing that is not the case. So if I think it is IMPORTANT I use caps. It has nothing to do with being patronising.

For example, in speech, you can say 'and that is what matters' with particular emphasis on the 'that' being clear because you use a different tone and volume when you say 'that'. Using caps is generally considered to be shouting online. If you write an entire response in caps then that is indeed the case. But using it to emphasis one word is simply like raising the volume of your voice to emphasis what the KEY word in the sentence is.

15. Posted by katzgar (Full Member 188 posts) 23w

using caps is shouting on the internet, does not mean anything about emphasis.

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