I've been looking into spending 3 months in America this coming Summer (longer would be good but don't get me started on Visa restrictions!) and just wondered if anyone would mind giving me some advice?
First off, all in (travel, food, accomodation, random spending money) what does everyone think of around £4-5000?
Any help MUCH appreciated!!
Hey Keiller. Welcome aboard...
5, 000 punds translates to what...7500 dollars, more or less? That´s not bad for three months as long as you don´t go crazy with your spending....But here is what some things are worth in Canada to help you gauge for yourself
Loaf of bread...3 bucks
Beer in a pub...3-5 bucks
Beer in a store...slightly less than two bucks.
McDonalds Mac Meal...4.50
Litre of milk...2 bucks.
Meal in an average restaurant (without Booze) 15-20 bucks.
Pound of hamburger...2.50
This message is assuming that, by America, you mean all three of us, and not just the one in the middle which has states that are united.
I'd say for 5000 pounds you could have a right good time.. Assuming you'll be traveling around the states a rental car (is mandatory) but for 3 months might be pricey, you could possible lease one. And another thing to consider with a rental here is that you want to drop it off where you start, otherwise you'll get charged to return it to the original state.
Depending on your tastes, hotels are pretty reasonable, you're going to get crushed in big cities, but that's true everywhere. And our gas prices are a fraction of the ones in Europe. We're at around $1.75 a gallon in California. It goes up in the summer, but I supect you'll pay less than $2.50 a gallon.
I've travelled pretty extensively around the US, and I live in California, I'd be happy to make any suggestions about must see places.
I can just tell you that N. America is far from cheap, and like the other poster said, keep out of the big cities. However, even in places like NYC, there are areas (Brooklyn and Queens) where prices are somewhat down to earth. You can always stay in the hostels if Motel 6 or Econo Lodge are full/not available. Like anywhere else on Earth, you need to ask the locals for tips on good restaurants that won't break the bank. Renting a car can be very expensive, and Americans drive so damn fast, it might not be the wise choice (our expressways are pretty boring if fast). Get to see the real countries (if you're thinking about Mexico you might want to avoid certain cites: Juarez and Tijuana are rather dangerous of late!) I happen to live in one of the most beautiful and under-populated areas - the Pacific Northwest. Western Canada is also breathtaking. In my opinion, New York and California are way over-rated and overcrowded (not to mention expensive). Colorado and New Mexico are other must see places. I'm not a fan of Texas, but Louisiana is a seafood gourmet heaven, and the state is unique in culture. On the East Coast I like Montreal & Quebec (Canada) as well as New England in the States. You'll just have to start spending time on the net researching all the local areas. Here's a site for my state - Oregon: www.traveloregon.com
One good way to save $ is to camp - especially good in the Pacific NW