I'm a girl travelling alone via bus. Phew, I get nervous just writing that.
Anyway, I have a 10 day gap at the beginning of December just to "wander" before I meet up with friends in St. Louis and head home to Los Angeles. I'll be starting East of St. Louis.
Anyway, my concern is this- what's the best way to find cheap places to stay? There are hostels all over Europe, but clearly no such thing to the same degree in the U.S. Usually I would consider camping, but I am (once again) a GIRL ALONE.
Anybody have any suggestions? Websites, ways of going about it. Don't like the idea of getting off a seedy Greyhound bus with all my stuff and not knowing where I'm staying...
Help! This all seemed much more romantic and less frightening when I was dreaming it up a month ago.
No joke! Hey--I'm a St. Louis girl. Glad to help you out if you need it.
Do you have a route in mind? The best way to get out there is just to follow old Route 66. An alternative, if you don't have Greyhound tickets yet is to go by Amtrak. The Southwest Chief goes from Chicago out to LA.
December is a little bit cold for just about anywhere north of Florida for camping. Glad you're not doing that!
Honestly, if I'm Stateside, I just go to Priceline, plug in some ridiculously low price, and keep it to very few choices (one area of town, 4 stars only, etc.). With each rejection, I change just one thing until my price is accepted. I've gotten incredible deals doing that, like a $300/night room in Denver for $30, $375/night room in St. Louis for $80.
PM me if you want ideas on routes/how far to travel in a day/places to see.
I found that Hostelling International hostels catered well for the single female traveller
I agree with rbyslipahs. My family almost exclusively uses Priceline for booking hotels for family vacations. You can get extremely low prices on 4* hotels. That should make you sleep easier.
I've even created a strategy generator to help travelers get near the lowest price. Please let me know if you would like the url. I don't want to violate the forums rules by posting it without a request.
As weeksy99 suggested, the Hostelling International hostels (www.hiusa.org) are a reasonable option. Your other options are as follows:
Hope this helps.