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Backpacking in New York City and Los Angeles

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1. Posted by GringoLOCO (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

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Hey, im hoping to do some Backpacking in September in the USA and just want to know what would be a good Budget to Backpack in NYC and Los Angeles ?

at the moment my budget is looking like £300, is that good enough

2. Posted by Lugor79 (Full Member 70 posts) 11y

Not sure what you are looking for. I was in NYC a while back I would suggest the Chelsea Center East hostel, not the quietest place around, but its clean, central location and cheap (for NYC).

£300 is about $533. Hostels are about $20-30 a night, budget food at $20 (depending on how much and what you eat...) a day. Then there is transportation (taxi, metro, buses etc..) Add in Tourist costs of Meuseum fees, souveniers, etc...

How long are you looking at staying?

3. Posted by jzurdogo (Full Member 14 posts) 11y

How long are you going to be backing packing for? It's hard to determine whether that's enough when you don't indicate how long you'll be staying.

Having said that, New York and Los Angeles are among the most expensive cities to visit. Are you going to fly between NY and LA? Does this need to go into your budget figures.

I think you can expect to pay £14-18 a night for a dorm room in a hostel. So, I think you would need to budget £30-35 per day for room and meals. Planning on going to any sites, budget a little more.

4. Posted by GringoLOCO (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

im looking at staying for about a month, so at the moment it looks like this

23rd September: going to NYC

and then return October 31st

5. Posted by GringoLOCO (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

My main plan is to fly straight to NYC and stay there for 3 weeks max, and do sight seeing as well within the 3 weeks then after the 3 weeks im off to Los angeles.;)

6. Posted by hitesh_g (Budding Member 18 posts) 11y

In my opinion, it could be a little tight. there have discussions on this thread about lodging/food; but like someone alluded to - what about travel and sightseeing. flight to LA, seeing places like empire state bldg, statue of liberty etc. A lot depends on whether you just to walk the city or see places that have tickets to enter.

my 2 cents.

7. Posted by Daver141 (Respected Member 117 posts) 11y

Very tight. NYC and LA are two of the most expensive cities in the US. As a native NYer, I can tell you that we have a half-joking $20 rule, which states that anytime you leave your apartment, regardless of the reason, you will spend at least $20.

On the other hand, NYC has lots of places to explore that dont require admission fees. If you just want a sense of what the city is like, a one day or weekly metro card and a decent map will help you get aroud cheaply. The neighborhoods of NY are part of its charm. Walking through the Village, Times Square or Central Park in Manhattan, Arthur Ave in the Bronx, Williamsburg in Brooklyn, or Jackson Heights in Queens is an experience to be had.

Just remember, NYC isnt just Manhattan, its all of the 5 boroughs. IT IS A HUGE PLACE. I have been to many large cities in my wanderings, and NY is one of the biggest.

Drop me a message if you need any more info.