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The South of the North - 6 to 8 weeks

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1. Posted by Antfan (Inactive 4 posts) 3y


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, nice to hear from anyone who has done it or something akin.


2. Posted by Antfan (Inactive 4 posts) 3y

Oh and my budget is 3 - 4 grand. Any thoughts?

3. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2488 posts) 3y

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.

Good luck.


PS Have you researched transportation and accommodation costs?...

4. Posted by Antfan (Inactive 4 posts) 3y


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. .


5. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2488 posts) 3y

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...

Have fun.


6. Posted by Antfan (Inactive 4 posts) 3y

Ok I won't go then. Thanks for your help. :(

7. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2488 posts) 3y


Have fun with your research.


8. Posted by Ravinder10 (Budding Member 7 posts) 3y

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. :)