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11. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

Quoting tway

Quoting mojorob

Quoting tway

I still find it odd to hear people from Ireland and the UK refer to the US as "America." It confused me for the longest time. Makes it sound like a Shangri-La! ;)

Well, it is the United States of...America.

Even my other half, who's from Belfast, calls it "America" when talking to people from home. I roll my eyes every time... I guess we're so used to referring to it as "the U.S." that anything else sounds odd...

In America, we call America... America. We like our hard consonants!

but to keep this post on track:
you might want to see how this whole Swine flu thing plays out before you start planning which cities and states you will be visiting.

12. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 7y

Screw that Cool Paul...with love.

Don't go getting all reactionary. Go where you want to go, Sophie. Unless they go completely cuckoo. Have fun.

13. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

I just worry because I had a nasty flu a few years back and had no health insurance...I eventually had to go to the hospital. They swabbed the back of my throat and gave me a shot for chest pains...then they gave me a bill for $690! I suppose it was cheaper than paying $200 a month for insurance, but still...

there is no way in hell I'd go to san diego, phoenix or houston right now. I'll probably not even go to NYC, they've got hundreds or cases of it at the moment.

14. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 7y

Man, the American medical system....blecch.

15. Posted by s96024 (Full Member 106 posts) 7y

Quoting Cool Paul

I just worry because I had a nasty flu a few years back and had no health insurance...I eventually had to go to the hospital. They swabbed the back of my throat and gave me a shot for chest pains...then they gave me a bill for $690! I suppose it was cheaper than paying $200 a month for insurance, but still...

there is no way in hell I'd go to san diego, phoenix or houston right now. I'll probably not even go to NYC, they've got hundreds or cases of it at the moment.

Thats what travel insurance is for.

16. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 7y

Hi Sophie,

I suppose because your question is so broad it's hard to know where to start really. "America" is a huge country, and where would we even tell you to start!

NYC is a great place to start. It's a very exciting city, but your money will just vanish into thin air here. It's a killer on the pocket. :)

Um...a lot depends on how much time you have here. Getting a job isn't going to be easy without a VISA and working VISAs are not easy to get. Extending a VISA is not an easy task either, so I would say your time is going to be limited here. That said, in 6 months you can cover so much!

I've only been to the East and West coasts of the US, not anywhere in between, but if you want info on places like San Fran, Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, Napa Valley, Boston, NYC, Philadephia, Vermont let me know.
Otherwise, there are plenty of other people here who can help if you ask for specific info on somewhere in particular.

Cheapest mode of travel is by bus, but I love train travel here. Check out Amtrak's website to give you an idea of train fares.

If you are planning to travel for 6 months in the US without working you are going to need several thousand dollars. And depending on where you go, your money will go quickly in some places and less so in others.

Just an idea....seeing as visas are so hard to get for the US, would you consider applying for a WHV from Canada, your commonwealth sister, work there for 6 months and then travel down into the US from there.....?

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