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1. Posted by Beckiboo (Respected Member 134 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi all

Apologies if this is in the wrong forum, but wasn't too sure where to start!

I want to backpack from Miami to Houston early next year, is this feasible? What's the best way of travelling (coach / train?) and what will the weather be like then?

I want to see a bit of Florida, Alabama, of course New Orleans then catch a flight out of Houston. Travelling along the coast if possible.

Also - will I need a Visa?

Any advice or direction would be much appreciated.


2. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 1999 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Sure, you can backpack across this area--either by coach (bus) or train, or even by hitchhiking or walking (don't recommend hitchhiking though for a single female).

You say you want to travel early next year--but you don't say how early. January and February will be very cold months across all of the US (except southern Florida)--but March and April will be generally quite pleasant everywhere.

As far as needing a visa--yes, you will need one. Info on that can be found at the US state department site located here:

My major piece of advice would be to decide first where you want to go--and then to decide whether you want to buy a ticket that allows you to go on a train or bus for multiple days for a single price--or if you just want to go to a few places--and therefore would be better just getting these quick one-way tickets from place to place.

Most visitors to this part of the country want to see places like Miami, the Florida Keys (or just down to Key West), the Everglades, Orlando (where Disney World and Universal Studios is at), and New Orleans. Sounds like you may also want to visit the Florida Panhandle area (Pensacola) and then Mobile in Alabama along the way.

Not a whole lot to see--although I should point out that you need to be on Hurricane alert if you travel this section in November (and not in January through April).

Enjoy your trip--sounds like you are trying to find some good places to "kick back and enjoy yourself"--which is what that part of the country is known for.

3. Posted by Beckiboo (Respected Member 134 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Thanks Calcruzer for your post.

I've decided the best way to get from Miami to Texas would be to hire a car and drive the whole way.

My plan was unfortunately to go in January / February!! Will it be too cold then? I'm not specifically hoping for sunshine all the time, but I don't really want to go if it's going to be freezing (I'm leaving England to get away from the rain / snow!)

I'd probably be leaving mid-Jan and allowing about 3 weeks to drive from Miami to Austin in Texas, before flying to South America. The key things I want to see are Miami/Florida, the Everglades, one or two towns in Alabama/Louisiana and then New Orleans. I've also been recommended to see Austin for a "proper" Texan town!

I've got a choice of either doing this mini-trip before my big South America adventure, or just heading straight for the sunshine.... what do you think?

The South of the U.S has been a place that's always fascinated me... but then at the same time I don't want to spend a lot of money if there's not a whole lot to see, and it's going to be freezing cold!

Thanks again for any advice.