Hello there, fellow travelers!
Okay, so I'm going to NYC some time in July. This will be the first time I ever stepped on the land of the USA. I'm planning to stay there at least for two weeks, maybe three. After going through hotels prices, I'm not sure I can afford staying in them all the time, even the cheapest ones. So, I've got several questions, to whoever can answer and advise me:
- The best places to stay for the cheapest price while on this trip? Hostels? Something else?
- Since I can't afford staying in a hotel, I was thinking of doing some on-the-road style of traveling: maybe a little hitchhiking, then some buses, or whatever comes my way and visit places, while sleeping on the road and cleaning up in public rest rooms. Has anybody done this, and to what extent is this doable? Any advise?
- I'm landing in JFK, but that doesn't mean I'll stay in NYC only. If I'll go for that on-the-road thing, any tips on WHERE to go and what to see, keeping in mind tight budget and the will to sleep anywhere?
Please feel free to advise anything that comes to mind what I can do when I come to NYC. Any interesting ideas are welcome, and I love the challenge. I don't have any particular goal in NYC, just to spend time and experience life!
I used the Airbnb website to rent a shared apartment in NYC (Brooklyn) late last year - saved a fortune (paid only $79. a night to share a first class full apartment).
Hitchhiking will get you nowhere fast in the States - everyone will just pass you up, or possibly do you some harm?
[ Edit: Edited on 02-Mar-2012, at 19:12 by Daawgon ]
I really would not advise hitchhiking!
Have you not thought about waiting until last minute and getting a cheap deal?
Like www.lastminute.com or something along those lines?
Daawgon, thanks - really great link, found some hostels for as cheap as $9 per night.
charlendonn, I know it's risky, but people still do it - don't they? I've never been to US, so I'm not sure, maybe it's a lot more dangerous than it is elsewhere. But my heart requires something interesting and adventurous. Any advice on any other extremely interesting and unpredictable way of traveling apart from hitchhiking?
And no, I didn't thought about lastminute. It's a good idea, however, what if there won't be anything at the last minute? Then I'll end up having to book for a much more expensive price.
In most areas in the US hitchhiking is a thing of the past. You might find it in small town USA where locals pick up locals -- but picking up someone unknown is too dangerous. Truckers used to pick up hitchhikers but now company policies and insurance liabilities make it rare. And in some areas, hitchhiking will land you in jail. Better to check out the bus schedules.
As for camping along roads and in the woods -- YIKES!!! Is it done? Yes -- but again you might find yourself in jail or even worse. If you cannot afford to stay in even the cheapest hotels/motels maybe you should rethink your adventure. Either shorten your trip or wait until you can budget enough money to provide housing. If you said you wanted to hike in the Adirondacks or the Catskills -- I'd say -- sure no problem -- but I suspect you do not want to commune with nature.