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Newbie travelling couple...

Travel Forums Central/South America & The Caribbean Newbie travelling couple...

1. Posted by PassionPearl (Budding Member, 2 posts) 4 Nov '11 09:52

My partner and I have travelled to Australia, but didn't do it correctly and plan before hand as was mostly staying with family, so needless to say it felt like a wasted trip by the end and never got to do half the things we'd do now in hindsight.

We are planning to marry next September and take approx. 2-3 months out to travel over the USA. Definately want to visit: NY, Florida, Miami, Chicago, New Orleans, Dallas, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, LA and upto to Seattle (Forks - Twilight Nut! !) and upto Niagra Falls. Finishing up in Rio for New Years!

We are pretty laid back and would be happy falling asleep under the stars, but not sure on seasons for camping, etc. Any advice on best ways to travel, as looking at car hire seems a bit OTT so rail, flights, bus... hitck-hiking (JOKING!! ;)). We have approx. £5000.

We are eager to put in about a years worth of reasearch to ensure we find all the best places to visit and ensure we don't over-look anything, but experienced advise is always best and would love to hear stories from anyone willing to share!!!

Thanks Y'all!!

2. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru, 1747 posts) 4 Nov '11 13:26

Bus gets you there eventually but many Americans fly on anything like a few hundred miles, and it's a big country. There are some cheap flights available from sites like skyauctions, priceline, etc. Accommodation is expensive and often best booked online (and you can of course book ahead).

America is expensive and £5k isn't going to go far for two people.

As you might have noticed, parts of America have already had a lot of unseasonal snow in October and you do not want to be caught in that. Leave yourself flexible so that if bad weather happens, you can head down south.

3. Posted by PassionPearl (Budding Member, 2 posts) 6 Nov '11 03:41

Thanks Cyberia... We've had a chat over the weekend and hoping to increase our budget to £8000. We're also going to try hire a camper van, as this way we're not restricted to the bus/trains stops and can bunk down in this aswell!! :)