My mate and me are working at summer camps for two months then we want to travel around America for a month.
My questions are:
Is $4000 each alright for 1 month for everything?
Where are the best places to visit seeming we only have one month? Our plane leaves from NYC back home
please define "everything" - we're not mind readers!
Sorry I mean food, travelling, hostels...everything lol.
I think 4k is probably enough, especially since it sounds like you'll be staying in hostels. I assume you'll be renting a car? You could easily make it across the states in a month and back. As far as what to see, it's going to depend on what you want to do. Are you interested in partying? Seeing the sites? A mix of both?
We are mostly interested in seeing the sites! However we wouldn mind the good old night here and there...
We are interested in visiting Las Vegas, Florida and obviously New York...
We don't have a rental car, should we? We were thinking using public transport....
If you're going from the East Coast to West Coast a rental car is the only way to go.. you could go by train for fly, but that will seriously eat into your budget. A rental car will get you where you need to go in a timely manner. And gas in the states is much cheaper than Europe, about $1.75 a gallon. Most rental cars come with unlimited miles, but just remember to drop it off where you started or you'll have to pay extra $$ which cuts into the drinking budget.. ;-P
I'd suggest a big circle.. start in NYC, spend "x" number of days, the get the rental car. Go south to Florida, and then west along the gulf coast. Visit New Orleans, and then the southern states. Go through Texas (visit Mexico?), and then up to Vegas (stopping by the Grand Canyon - and a new sky bridge built by the indians). If you want something fun and go through Roswell, NM (UFO central - tacky fun). Spend a few days in Vegas and the onto CA (where I live) Do the LA scene, and touristy stuff, and then up the coast to San Francisco, and up to the Northwest, Portland and Seattle (Canada?). And then back east, through Yellowstone, and then onto Chicago, DC and New York.
There is so much to see an depending on your tastes fun and wacky stuff. Here is a link that you should check out. It's called Roadside America, it's off beat kind of stuff http://www.roadsideamerica.com/. I've traveled pretty extensively throughout the US, and quite a bit internationally, so I'd be happy to help with any questions. And since I live in CA, and am kind of partial to it... I have some great places here, that are off the beaten track as well.
A month is very doable and so is 4,000. One option is to bus it to major cities and go from there. Say NYC down to florida and do that. Once you get out to Vegas I would rent a car and drive for a few days. But first stop at a walmart and buy a cheap tent. This way you can drive and see many national parks and sleep in a tent there. This should even you out. Also out west many parks are not accesible by public transportation so a car is the only way.. Also NYC and Vegas will eat your budget. NYC hostels will run around $30-$40 a night each. Check hotels.com and you may actually find a hotel for the same price... Vegas stay off the strip and it will be cheaper.... Hope this helps
It would help to know your age. Look at my profile, then yours. If you want to use the TP forum often, you should fill out your profile. Many US auto rental companies will not rent to those under 25 yrs old. Others will but they charge more per day. You will need a major credit card to rent an auto.
I have been to 49 of our states, so I can give some advice on what to see and routes. Send me a PM with your questions.
[ Edit: Edited on Jan 12, 2009, at 5:06 PM by vegasmike6 ]
Thank you everyone for your posts!
We are 21 and 22. I had a look at some quotes for a car and they want to charge us £600 for the month which I think is not too bad!
The more we can see of America the better...
I keep getting told different stories about food...Whats the truth is food cheap in America, I been tolod stories that there are buffets all you can eat for $6/$7 is that true??
There are definitely all you can eat places, $6-7 is probably unrealistic, probably closer to $10. But there are Denny's/Ihop/McDonalds and quite a few other restaurant chains where you can eat pretty cheaply. worse comes to worse, stop by convenience store and stock up on .99 cent hot dogs.
It's true that you might be turned away from a car rental place if you're not 25, and you most certainly need a credit card. It might be different for international drivers, but I'd contact Hertz, Avis, whatever to make sure that it's doable.