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1. Posted by Anzxio (Budding Member 69 posts) 9y

Unfortunately (or fortunately, it depends on how you look at it), I am now employed, and therefore can't go on the 3 month trip I was thinking of doing. So the next best thing has to be a week or two holiday sometime this year :) However, I am unsure of where to visit!

I'll be going on my own, and ideally it would be in June of this year. I'd like it to be an English speaking place, and westernised, i know, how unadventurous! It's my first real trip though, so it's probably a good idea to not go too crazy I'd also like it to not be in Europe, and not be really cold (so no snow!). There's needs to be a lot to do, and it all needs to be affordable. I've looked at NYC, and I can't really afford £800+ per week for a hotel :(

Anyway, if you have any ideas on where I could visit then that would be really appreciated :)

Thanks

2. Posted by jen23 (Full Member 73 posts) 9y

you don't have to pay 800 GBP a week there are cheaper options! I went to east America 2 years ago and had the best time and the best weather. I went in May/June for 3 weeks. Here's what i did, and it's super cheap (well, cheaper than what you say)
Get a flight to Toronto (its a nice city to visit for a day or two, and flights are hundred+ pounds cheaper - i left from Cardiff).
Now, i rented a car with friends, but you can get a bus to Niagara falls (i remember it being a short drive of about 2 hours? from Toronto) So thats two places already you can visit, then you can take bus (or car), we went to Washington DC (got to be seen) and then travel down to New York City. If you're willing to commute, i stayed in a cheaper hotel in Newark which is just 2 trains away from the city.
It can be done trust me! The airline i went with were Zoom Airways.
They were really nice and cheap and great service!
hope this helps.
Jen
p.s i did a one-way flight to TORONTO from cardiff, and a one-way flight from NEWARK to Gatwick (not JFK) price difference is incredible!

3. Posted by KristenS (Budding Member 56 posts) 9y

Toronto is a fun city in Canada, Montreal and Quebec City are equally hopping & more European than most CA/US cities. Lodging in NYC is pricy but there are other options. YWCA / YMCA is the cheapest way to stay in NYC. If stay the whole time in NYC you may want to stay in Brooklyn. For New England area consider Boston Mass, Portland Maine and many small places like Martha Vineyards. The Southern Coast of US is special. Check out South Carolina, Savannah Georgia or even the Florida keys. The seaside is a relaxing vacation.

4. Posted by Anzxio (Budding Member 69 posts) 9y

Quoting KristenS

Toronto is a fun city in Canada, Montreal and Quebec City are equally hopping & more European than most CA/US cities. Lodging in NYC is pricy but there are other options. YWCA / YMCA is the cheapest way to stay in NYC. If stay the whole time in NYC you may want to stay in Brooklyn. For New England area consider Boston Mass, Portland Maine and many small places like Martha Vineyards. The Southern Coast of US is special. Check out South Carolina, Savannah Georgia or even the Florida keys. The seaside is a relaxing vacation.

Cool, keep the suggestions coming! Though please remember it's a 1 or 2 WEEK trip, and i don't really want to be travelling for a large prat of it :) I'm thinking it would probably best to base myself in one or two cities, but one's where i can go on day trips or something :)

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

If you have two weeks, a good combination could be Chicago and New Orleans. There are daily Amtrak trains from Chicago to New Orleans (16 hours or so) and you can stop in Memphis if you like.

Or a combination of Seattle and Vancouver, although flying times are 3 or 4 hours more again of course. But then again, lots of people fly hours and hours to a sunny destination for a week of beaching.

If you don't mind colder weather, I guess you could try Iceland for a week or so, although it might be more expensive of course. Icelaindair has cheap tickets from London if you book well in advance. And they all speak english over there I guess.

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

Hello Anzxio

Stay in a hostel, in New York. That should be much cheaper, if u dont mind sleeping in a dorm.

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 8, 2007, at 12:32 PM by Mel. ]