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Ideas and help on big cross-USA trip??

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1. Posted by 2LaneBlack (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

Hello everyone. I've just joined the site.

For a long time now I have been thinking about travelling across America. It's something I have always wanted to do and now I am looking at putting into practice/reality.

I will be going on my own, and I want to stay for at least three months. I want to land in the east and work my way west and wherever from there.

I want to know how much money I need and what I need to do to be able to stay for a good number of months - min 3 at the very least? Any ideas?

At the moment I have £4000 saved up. I would like to start this trip within in the first few months of 2009. Does this sound enough money so far? I am hoping to be saving up another 2k at least before leaving.

Any ideas and help is very much appreciated.

Thanks for your time.

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 3, 2008, at 12:23 PM by 2LaneBlack ]

2. Posted by Kimee129 (Full Member 36 posts) 8y

I think 7,000 is a good amount to spend for 3 months. It all depends on what your tastes are and if you are going to rent a car, take the bus (Greyhound), or Amtrak Train. There are several Amtrak travel plans you can look into. Our US travel system is 50 years behind the times. Even though they are all safe, they are extremely time consuming.

I personally prefer hostels. I like them because you can meet like minded budget friendly people and it has a kitchen and a place to lay your head at night. The locals know what is the best to see and do. I tend to stay away from touristy places...though you have to visit Las Vegas and NYC at least once in your life for the experience!! It also depends on the time of year you are planning to come. The early months of the year would be a good time if you like cold weather. I would prefer the spring or fall to travel in the US. Spring brings flowers and less chilly weather. So April-June. or Sept-November. The leaves changing in the Mountains of Tennessee and Virginia area is gorgeous. PLUS...a lot of the National Parks like Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon will be closed in the earlier months due to weather and snow. Skiing is great that time of year if you like that.

Here is a brief way of what I would suggest if you had the money and a few months. I would fly either into NYC or San Francisco. If NYC I would see Boston, Philadelphia/Pittsburg Washington, DC, hit I-95 south to Charleston, SC then down to Florida. (Miami, Tampa, Orlando (Disneyland) Pensacola). Then over to New Orleans (If it survives Hurricane Season). Texas (Dallas, Houston, Austin, Corpus Christi), New Mexico (Santa Fe), Arizona (Pheonix), Las Vegas, NV. To San Diego, Ca, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Yosemite. Over to Salt Lake City, Yellowstone National Park, Colorado (Denver), and then on back up to NYC to fly home.

A lot of the hostels will actually let you stay in exchange for work. We are really tightening the belt on the illegal immigrants working here so I wouldn't even try any outside work. Well Good luck. Feel free to ask any other questions. I am willing to do research if you want any other ideas. Kim

3. Posted by 2LaneBlack (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

Quoting Kimee129

I think 7,000 is a good amount to spend for 3 months. It all depends on what your tastes are and if you are going to rent a car, take the bus (Greyhound), or Amtrak Train. There are several Amtrak travel plans you can look into. Our US travel system is 50 years behind the times. Even though they are all safe, they are extremely time consuming.

I personally prefer hostels. I like them because you can meet like minded budget friendly people and it has a kitchen and a place to lay your head at night. The locals know what is the best to see and do. I tend to stay away from touristy places...though you have to visit Las Vegas and NYC at least once in your life for the experience!! It also depends on the time of year you are planning to come. The early months of the year would be a good time if you like cold weather. I would prefer the spring or fall to travel in the US. Spring brings flowers and less chilly weather. So April-June. or Sept-November. The leaves changing in the Mountains of Tennessee and Virginia area is gorgeous. PLUS...a lot of the National Parks like Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon will be closed in the earlier months due to weather and snow. Skiing is great that time of year if you like that.

Here is a brief way of what I would suggest if you had the money and a few months. I would fly either into NYC or San Francisco. If NYC I would see Boston, Philadelphia/Pittsburg Washington, DC, hit I-95 south to Charleston, SC then down to Florida. (Miami, Tampa, Orlando (Disneyland) Pensacola). Then over to New Orleans (If it survives Hurricane Season). Texas (Dallas, Houston, Austin, Corpus Christi), New Mexico (Santa Fe), Arizona (Pheonix), Las Vegas, NV. To San Diego, Ca, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Yosemite. Over to Salt Lake City, Yellowstone National Park, Colorado (Denver), and then on back up to NYC to fly home.

A lot of the hostels will actually let you stay in exchange for work. We are really tightening the belt on the illegal immigrants working here so I wouldn't even try any outside work. Well Good luck. Feel free to ask any other questions. I am willing to do research if you want any other ideas. Kim

Hi there. Thanks for your suggestions and advice I appreciate it.

A couple of things - when you say 7,000 is that USA Dollars or English Pounds??

Three Months would be my very minimum, I would like to stay longer. Do I need any visas or anything like that or is there a certain amount of money needed to prove that I can support myself for so long? I don't know how all this works.

I had a short long weekend holiday in NYC is June this year which was my first ever trip to America and the level of checks and things I had to go through at the immigration at the airport was incredible! I know it is the times we live in but I want to make sure I know everything and have done everything right before I land.