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1. Posted by kevo1 (Budding Member 28 posts) 7y

Hi guys, I've just joined this forum. Me and my girlfiend are in the early stages of planning a round the world trip for as long as it takes.
We are going to start in Miami and go up the east coast,then along the boarder and up to Alaska. We will then head back down the west coast towards Mexico.
Does anybody know of the best way to get overland seeing as much as possible,without flying and on a budget? Any help would be much appreciated,cheers!

2. Posted by Mike.M89 (Budding Member 80 posts) 7y

Hey pal, welcome aboard!

Must admit i am no expert on the subject however i popular choice is the greyhound bus system

Fairly cheap to get around plus your will see the sights and meet some colourful characters along the way.

Hope this gets the ball rolling


3. Posted by Slakin (Budding Member 20 posts) 7y

The most amazing trip for me was down the west coast. Driving down the coast from Washington state to San Diego, California you can see the extreme changes in landscape, oceans, and climate. There are some amazing cities on the way: Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and San Diego. You might look into using Triple A ( My parents planned a cross country trip and AAA mapped it out and set hotel reservations and everything. You could also arrange your trip around seeing all the national parks (Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon etc) - that would give you an actual agenda and set a course for you.

4. Posted by PsptJunkie (Budding Member 26 posts) 7y

For passenger rail in the US, your only option is a company called Amtrak. The seating should be more comfortable than buses for long stretches.

In the Northeast US, there are several bus companies that compete with Greyhound, especially along the Washington DC - New York - Boston shop around, you can get better fares (even $1 fares sometimes on Megabus).

For train travel in Canada, check out Via Rail.

Good luck, I am sure it will be an exciting experience for you both.

5. Posted by richig (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

Avoid Greyhound buses at all costs. Invariably you will end up sat next to some kind of whacko and if the bus is full, which they seem to be most of the time, you can't change seats. Also, bus stations are magnets for all sorts of low lifes. Lots of the smaller, provincial bus stations can be quite intimidating at night.
I travelled from bar Harbor, Maine, to los Angeles, and also Tucson, Arizona, to West Palm beach, Florida, so believe me, I know. yeah, they're a cheap way to go, but if I could have gone another way, I would have.

6. Posted by kevo1 (Budding Member 28 posts) 7y

Thanks guys,some interesting replys. Deffinetly in two minds about the greyhound busses now though! Think im gona stick to trains. Has anybody spent a year doing the whole of America and have any ideas of approximate costings for the year? Im still unsure of how much to save before we set off for the America part of the journey,excluding flights! Cheers!

7. Posted by SassyKitty (Budding Member 46 posts) 7y

Honestly, for all of that I'd look at the possibility of buying a car and then selling it when you leave. should give you an idea of available cars and prices. The public transportation here really isn't that great unless you're in New York or DC, and you don't want to be wasting time trying to navigate it while dodging scuzzy people(which was Los Angeles public transport in a nutshell).

If that's not an option, then your fellow passengers on Amtrak will definitely be more pleasant than those on Greyhound.

8. Posted by kevo1 (Budding Member 28 posts) 7y

Ok,I've been doing some research into other options for getting up the east coast. Cheapest car hire can find for a month from Miami to Chicago is 910 pounds. I have changed my route slightly with a few more internal flights to cut down the amount of overland travelling,i.e now flying from Chicago to Anchorage instead of driving! Does anyone know of any cheaper one way car hire places?

9. Posted by kevo1 (Budding Member 28 posts) 7y

Also,has anyone ever baught a car in America whilst living in the UK? And does anybody have any usefull links that I can research into for car pricing in Miami? Cheers

10. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 7y

Quoting kevo1

Also,has anyone ever baught a car in America whilst living in the UK? And does anybody have any usefull links that I can research into for car pricing in Miami? Cheers

I have helped 3 separate TP members buy a car/van here in Vegas for their US adventure. Many cars/vans under 2K. Sell it when you are finished with your trip. It only makes sense if you are going to be in the US over 6 weeks. Rent if you are here 5 weeks or less. Send me a PM if you are interested in driving around the US.
Good luck with your planning.