I intend to do a dream trip to America in November this year (2013) for at least 6 weeks. If all goes well, possibly stay longer as I have
no deadline and, if I end up being able to do a little casual work over there etc or whatever, I can do it because I will have a flexible flight/ticket.
I would like to hear from anyone who has done a similar thing over there. I just want it to be open and, to a certain extent, make it up as I go along.
I mean, I definitely want to fly to Charlotte, then head to Nashville, Memphis...through Mississippi, New Orleans. And I would need B and B type accommodation most nights as I 41 and too old for hostels etc! But I would be open to other impromptu things if they came my way to eke the budget out a little if necessary. And I don't drive so would be Amtrack, Greyhounds etc...
I guess I am scared of having a bit of an idealistic view that its gonna be all meeting amazing people, sitting on their porch with them and getting asked to
stay with them for a week etc!! Am I too old for this kind of trip?
So, yeah, just some general advice, suggestions...be nice to hear from anyone who has done it or something akin.
Oh and my budget is 3 - 4 grand. Any thoughts?
Six weeks on $3,500 is less than $85/day. Personally I couldn't do it, but if you're an experienced low budget traveller who is happy with no frills whatsoever I suppose anything is possible. It sure wouldn't be my idea of fun though.
PS Have you researched transportation and accommodation costs?...
I actually meant 3-4 thousand (English) pounds which I guess is about 8 thousand dollars. And yeah, I have factored in accommodation costs roughly. .
3,500 GBP is nowhere near 8 grand... it's a little over $5,000 USD, that's all.
You need to get a better grip on money exchange before travelling internationally, otherwise it'll be a rude awakening when your budget goes out the window...
Ok I won't go then. Thanks for your help.
Have fun with your research.
I travelled across the USA last year for 8 weeks. I took about 7k. It only cost me more because I hired a car later on the trip so things got more expensive. I reckon without the car I could of done it for around 4-5k. I stayed in B&B accommodation throughout my whole trip and made friends through a lot of the B&B owners who I am still on contact with and seeing a couple of them when I go back later this year. Nashville is cool. I only went to Memphis briefly to go see Graceland and went on a night out on Beale Street. Nashville is quite cool and I wish I spent a bit more time there. The music scene is crazy in the south. New Orleans - Well that place is magical. Had the best time there. I can't recommend it enough. You'll have an ace time no matter what age you are.