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1. Posted by LauraLou89 (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

Hello Everyone, I'm new to this forum.

I'm due to turn 18 next June and want to do something exciting and different before I leave for Uni. I have always wanted to "roadtrip" across America as I have never been. I have a friend that is also interested in doing this.

Now, I don't have the money or the time to take a gap year but I'm wondering if you can see a few places within America within a couple of months?
Where would I find out about things like this?

Any advice or pointers would be greatly appreciated.

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Lauralou

Of course u can see a few places, in the US, in a couple of months.
Check what flights are available. If u have no preference, about places to go, in the US, then choose the cheapest flight, and start your trip from that city.

I recommend u buy a good travel book, to help u plan a budget and a route.

Try one of the following. They usually have a book, in their series, about most countries, in the world. They are especially written for backpackers. And they will be available in most book stores around the world, for around 25 US dollars.
Lonely Planet
Rough Guide
On a Shoestring
Lets Go


3. Posted by Faldor (Budding Member 24 posts) 9y


I spent two months backpacking from one side of the US to the other, I got quite a good deal with US Airways, flew into New York LaGuardia and out of LA X.

they werent the quickest flights in the world due to having to make connections but it only cost £180 or so each way.

If you want to plan a route and know where you're going and how long you'll spend there then internal US flights can be about the same as the train cost and save you days, but then you wont have the freedom to come and go as you please and I can't really recomend just getting on a plane here and off there a few hours later when you can sit on a train or in a car for a few days and watch the scenery change. ;)

I believe to hire a car in the US you need to have been driving for five years.

as for budgeting, I probabley spent around £300 or so a week.