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1. Posted by AJ2007 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

hey every1 hows it goin? glad found this site, seems to be helpful for other people. so i been round europe, best time, lived in thailand for a year working, best time. but want to america except doin it alone, so was hoping if any1 help us out wif couple questions, would be great

- it is worth it? any1 have best time?
- is bus cheapest and best way get around?
- i was goin do from new york to L.A by bus, it too long?
- wat kinda visa i need for a while?

- most important question is if any1 have a rough number of how much it cost? just a number for me work things out, for bus, hostels, drink and eating.

if any1 could help me it would be great

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

I had a great time in the US.

you can either travel by Train, Bus or Plane, you can get cheap flights if you book a few weeks in advance, Bus and Train can be the same if you get a rail pass from Amtrak but your limited in where you can go but you're go there much more comfotably :)

New York to LA is a 3 days drive.

your visa depends on your nationality most europeans can get a visa waver for 90 days.

now you ask for a rough budget so i'll give you a rought number :P

I spent around $1000 every two weeks. Hostels are usually $20 -$30 a night, you'll probably spend about $15 a day on food then transport will be a few hundred dollars.

3. Posted by gwelty (Full Member 83 posts) 9y

As an American, my estimates are a bit different.

I live in LA. New York and LA are two of the most expensive cities in the world FYI. That doesn't mean you can't get by on a small budget however. You just have to know how to travel.

I would recommend doing a train ride from NY to LA. You would probably head first to Chicago, then towards LA, but if you wanted to take in a little bit of what the rest of the US is about, this would be my recommendation. This of course depends on how much time you have at your disposal.

Trains are cheapest in NY, and well worth it. Trains are virtually nonexistent in LA and are well in need. Buses would be the cheap way to travel in LA. The public transit system has recently undergone a bit of a face lift, and you can virtually travel anywhere in LA with it. Research Metro or MTA for more info.

Costs of course vary. You need to do some of your own research my friend! Once you have a clearer idea of what precisely you plan to do, then we can help more with cost estimates. For example: How do you want to live? How much are you willing to spend/what is your budget? What quality food do you want to eat? etc etc.

Good food is not cheap. Decent food for dinner will run you near $10-12. Look into hostel costs, but motels (like Motel 6) will run you $40-50 a night.

Hope that helps.

4. Posted by kevandshan (Full Member 142 posts) 9y

I have lived in Australia, and now the US...and I reckon that the US is soooooo cheap.
A basic meal at a budger joint is half the price in Oz. Groceries are 70% less.....
Can't miss items Alaskan King Crab...get some no matter what.
Mom's BBQ in Van Nuys......dinner around $10....
Inn, n Out burger
Transport LA.....what transport?
New York, can get cheap accomodation but you have to do your research. I got a shithole, but clean, for $150 nt downtown...but thats cause I'm a lazy walker....rode the subway through Harlem, etc at as
Be careful round LA though...some parts aren't so great.
Best bet for traveller...get yourself a copy of Lets Go USA....worth the $40.

5. Posted by pfeiffer (Full Member 211 posts) 9y

Quoting gwelty


GWelty, you took the words right out of my mouth. Excellent response, all around! (I recommend Chicago as well.)

Kevin Pfeiffer