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North America for 2 months - need help budgeting :)

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1. Posted by Kristina_225 (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 19 Oct '12 01:09

Hello Everyone!

After recently joining a forum for help with Glastonbury next year and seeing how useful they are I thought I would ask for help on this one for planning my travels :)

My boyfriend and I are planning on travelling North America for 54 days next year starting from around the 17th October and want to visit the following places
Seattle, San Francisco, Vegas, Sante Fe, Texas, Miami, Orlando, New Orleans, Chicago, Boston, Washington, New York (in that order)

We have budgeted for around $300 per day between us, that would be for travel between places, food, accommodation and money for sightseeing things.

I would like to know if this is reasonable or if we are going to need much more than that?

Thank you :)

Kristina

2. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru, 1934 posts) 19 Oct '12 09:43

The $$$ sounds fine, but the timing could be a problem. Late Oct starts winter in the States - mucho rain in those locations (forget Texas).

Try September

3. Posted by T-A Travel (Travel Guru, 9 posts) 19 Oct '12 18:33

Agree - forget Texas. I'm there right now. Compared to other destinations on your trip there's nothing to see. I went through 22 states in the last 4 months and my favourites were Utah and Wyoming - which are totally not on your list. What a shame. Oh, and while you're in New Mexico don't miss White Sands and the Carlsbad Caverns - 1st class natural world wonders.

Regarding your budget - you dont tell how you intend to travel. Rental car+motels or rental-RV? Considering the huge distances on your itinerary I'd say transport will be the thing you spend most of your money. One Gallon costs 3.50-4.00US$ - find something that gives you a high mileage per Gallon.

4. Posted by L1NZ (Budding Member, 10 posts) 29 Oct '12 09:10

I wouldn't necessarily cut Texas out of your itinerary. There is a lot of neat and beautiful places to see there as well. I would recommend San Antonio (the river walk), Galveston, Kemah and Corpus Christi (an island just off the coast). I'm also a fan of Houston, but it really is just a concrete jungle.

Your budget sounds reasonable, but it's always good to be flexible. You can only plan so far ahead, and you might find that there are a few things you just "have to do" that will take you over budget once you get there!

5. Posted by johnnysimpatico (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 19 Dec '12 11:08

Might want to slice off the northern cities (Chicago, Boston, etc.) and save them for another trip. You could rent a car and hit various spots from New Mexico west, return the car and then head east to Florida. Car rentals tend to be dirt cheap there, except for peak winter season. Get a rental in Florida (Hotwire is an option) and use it to visit the Sunshine State, with excursions to New Orleans (Natchitoches also?), Savannah, and Charleston.

6. Posted by stevehem (Budding Member, 29 posts) 16 Jan '13 20:34

me and my gf are travelling the states atm n have been in Boston NYC Chicago for winter and we reccormend it. Really cold but barely rained and it did snow but that just made it more exciting!

and you guys should get onto couch surfing... we have saved a tonne of money doing that and the host will always tell u good places to go and sometimes even take u around like a free tour guide!