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1. Posted by ngungo (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y

Hi everyone,

I am new here, also a newbie in travel matter. We are planing for a long long trip, at least 2 years around North America on a limited budget. We have a reliable van, we don't like camping. Well, couple nights is OK, but not extended.

We will have a lot more questions, but for now please give us some initial advise. Things like what book to read, where to start etc... I don't know what else to tell but if you asked I will know what to tell.

Thanks,
ngungo

2. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 11y

Ngungo,

You can't go wrong with Fodor's USA 2005 book. Fodor's is kind of the travel expert on all the countries. I guess the only other thing I would say is to go to www.weather.com and check out average temperatures in different parts of the country during different months. You'll find you don't want to be in northern Minnesota in winter (average temperature -20 degrees F) or in southern Arizona in summer (average temperature +115 degrees F). This will help you plan your trip to different sections of the country when the temperatures are tolerable (and you don't have to travel through major snowstorms.)

I guess I would also say--look at event calendars and try to attend some well-known celebrations or festivals--that's a way to see a fun side of the country--and get to meet people at the same time.

Two years--wow, that's a long time. You can really get to know the country in that amount of time.

P.S. Keep in mind that two states--Alaska and Hawaii--which are a long ways from the other 48 states are also part of the US. Decide if you want to visit them (or Puerto Rico, a US territory) as part of your trip or not.

Enjoy

3. Posted by ngungo (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y

Hi Calcruzer,

Thanks for fast respose. We won't start for few more months. There are few loose ends of our regular life to finish, so I decide to use TP to perfect our gypsy trip. For now we have:

Roughly:
. An adventurous couple
. A reliable van
. We like to cook for ourself
. We can work a little while traveling (a part of the plan)
. We can stay in the same region in a apartment and make daytrips to vicinity.

Goal:
. $50 per day. Up to $20,000 a year. That budget include everything.
. Travel as much as possible of USA, Canada and Mexico
. Will keep a travel blog.

Pre-trip:
. Make plan with TP
. Read Fodor's USA 2005
. Check weather.com.

Please help us to plan our trip. Thanks,
ngungo

4. Posted by ngungo (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y

Would being AAA membership help anything for our trip? If yes, what kind? And how much?

Thanks,
ngungo

5. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting ngungo

Would being AAA membership help anything for our trip? If yes, what kind? And how much?

Thanks,
ngungo

Hey ngungo,

That's a GREAT IDEA, to join AAA. You can then go into any AAA office and they will give you ALL of USA maps you want, and they have FREE guide books that cover a few states in each.

Also if you break down (remember you'll be traveling all year round) they will help you with flat tire, dead battery, locked keys in car, some theft insurance, etc..

It will cost $79.95 to join for a year.

By the way,

Where in the USA do you live now? And are you originally form the USA?

6. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

I'd also recommend going to a good book store like a Borders or Barnes&Noble. You can get lots of guide books, take them into the cafe, and look through them. Look at the pictures and make notes of places that you see that you will want to visit.

Get a small notebook (almost like a pre-trip journal0 and take notes form the guidebooks. That was you'll have up-to-date info. and will have it all in one place.

You could also get books form the library but I find the bookstores have the newer editions.

7. Posted by ngungo (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y

Where in the USA do you live now? And are you originally form the USA?

I am a Vietnamese American. So it shows huh! The funny way of my English huh! hihi... We now live in New Orleans. Not quite, a suburb of New Orleans to be correct.

I just went to B&N, it was like jungle. I'll come back with notebook and pencil as you said. And I will add AAA item into the list. BTW, is there edit function in this forum?

Thanks,
ngungo

8. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Quoting ngungo

BTW, is there edit function in this forum?

Thanks,
ngungo

We all wish there were!
Hello ngungo! Welcome to Travellerspoint!:)
Sounds like an awesome trip you have planned. I hope you have a great time!
~CC

9. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Hi ngungo,

It wasn't your English at all. But your name gave it away. New Orleans is a really fun place (bben there twice). Yea this weekend because of the Holiday, B&N will be REAALY crowded, should be back to normal tomorrow.

And NO edit function here :( . I wish we had one, I asked the same question when I started here, but they said they had a reason why they didn't have an "edit button".

How long have you lived in the USA? Where were you born?

I've been to Vietnam but only in the North. Haoni, SaPa, and then crossed into China.

10. Posted by ngungo (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y

Thanks CupCake...

Travel100. I was born in Vietnam and 've been here for more than 20 years now. I haven't been back yet. 've been planning for it. So you've been around alot huh! Good, good!!!