Hey, Hows Everyone going?
Im new to all this posting larkey even tho i been scouting these forums for a while now. Anway im trying to plan a trip to the states next summer hopefully with about $8000/9000 but want to stay as long as possible there. I have a friend who lives in Washington and the idea is too get to his and go from there.... Anway if i wanted to stay there longer than 3 months how do i come around this problem? what if i go to Canada or Mexico and enter back in the states what happens then do i get another 90 days or do i have to say go to jamaica or whatever? Also how far will get me my budget over there, there will be 2 or 3 of us probly 3 with about $22k in total and we dont have to worry about a car as this is sorted just the gas and even tho theres 2/3 of us we dont mind sleeping in a car for months we slept in worse situations, and also camping in a tent i expecty we will do.
basically the idea is to have a good time we dont have a route or where to go just the open road and see where that leads us too. What im trying to figure out is.... how do i get about the visa thing? how long do you think that budget will last? we dont mind scraping the barrell we make our own fun and laughs.. And the fuel out there what sort of average miles do you get out of say $50 of fuel, It wont be a gas guzzling car, and the insurance how do i go about gettin insured on this car so all of us can drive, I'll be 23 when i get there...
Anyway help would be great
The rule on visas used to be that for a 90-day visa, you had to leave the US for a day and then you could come back for 30 more days, but I have no idea what the rules are now after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
As far as gasoline (petrol), regular runs around $2.70 or less in most places, but will undoubted be $3.00 or more in the summer (always gets jacked up in the summer months). Figure 22 miles per gallon or so. This means that $50 divided by $3.00 x 22 =367 miles that you can travel. This is the equivalent of about 600 kilometres.
As far as costs, it all depends on how nice a motel/hotel and restaurant meals you want to buy. Fast food meals run about $6-7 here, normal meals are about $9-10, and nice restaurant meals run twice this and more. Motels run from $50 in cheap places to $80-100 in major towns/cities. Fancy hotels are more. To get cheap hotels, book through a discounter like hotels.com--which gives a wide variety of choices. You can also bid on hotels through sites like priceline.com and try to get popular places for less during slow periods. These hotel rates are for two double beds, which means you can fit a few people in--although some places charge an extra $10 per person (over 2).
Also, to save money look for places that offer included breakfasts or continental breakfasts. These are not the kind of breakfasts you get in Europe--they are just coffee and pastry in most cases--sometimes cereal is included (with milk) and occasionally some fruit. For real meals, you generally leave the cheap motels and go to restaurants.
Most campgrounds are free, though some charge a nominal fee of about $5 to $15 per night. These usually include power hookups if you have a trailer, and are located in nice scenic areas near lakes, beaches, and mountain terrains.
$22,000 will go quite a ways if you are used to sleeping in cars. There are people here who make less than that on a yearly basis, and live in cheap apartments (though the average salary in the US is more like three times that number). As you would expect, places like SF, NY, and Hawaii are the most expensive; small towns in the rural areas are the cheapest. (Big surprise, heh?).
The current exchange rate for the Great Britain pound to the US dollar is 1 to 2, meaning you'll get two dollars for every pound. In effect, that puts the US on sale at half price for visitors from the UK.
Don't expect this to change much over the next year. Good luck.
Excellent... Cheers for all the info been very helpful and i am finally getting somewhere in planning this all rather than a dazed and confused head