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1. Posted by kodanz456 (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 25 Oct '13 01:02

Dear American friends,

My wife and myself are Asian, planning for 18-20 days trip to USA, probably during the April-June 2014 period. (Best weather?)
This will be our first time there and we seriously need a thorough planning on this. We think that couchsurfing is a great idea especially friendly locals can assist in lodging and advise on the event happenings! =)
This is our aim; shopping and sightseeing!

We scratched our heads between these 2 places, LA + SF or NYC + Florida, and decided the latter. Correct me if i'm wrong, i will need to board a domestic flight from NY to Florida then....

heard that Orlando Disneyland & the south beaches are a MUST visit, the only thing unsure is shopping around that region (understand that LA is more of a shopping haven). This is why i need advice from locals if shopping (sale stuffs like Coach, Guess, LV, Nike etc) can be equally exciting to look forward in the east / south.

i am an avid NBA fan and hoping to attend the a Playoff match during this vacation, any news on how to get a pair of tics would be gladly appreciated! (mid-range seats will suit fine, or cap of USD80 a tix.)

Not sure if we can spend 18 days in NY, Orlando & Florida? help help. i'm so green...

PS: we can't really drive as driver's seat is on the opposite side in our country.

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2. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator, 1840 posts) 1 Nov '13 13:56

Best place to do shopping at reasonable prices is at the outlet malls.

Here's a list of some in Florida:

http://www.mallseeker.com/floridaoutletmalls.aspx

The ones near Orlando would probably be your best bet, as prices increase as you get closer to Miami.

As far as the NBA, there are two teams in Florida, the Orlando Magic and the Miami Heat. Since the Miami Heat have been the champs the last two years, their tickets will be very expensive to come by, so I suggest you try the Orlando Magic ticket office, which is here:

http://www.nba.com/magic/ticket-central

Once you are at that website, you'll need to go down and click on "Single Game Tickets"

You'll need to pick a game on or before April 19th, since after that the playoffs start, and then ticket prices really go way up.

Driving using a car with the seat on the opposite side really isn't that tough. Just remember that you need to stay on the right side of the road, you pass cars generally on the left and you go to the right on any "round-abouts" you come to--which will be almost none, since we use traffic lights everywhere here. Also, stay within the speed limits and make sure you know where your car registration and insurance forms are if you get stopped by a police officer.

Enjoy your trip.

P.S. If you want to keep expenses down, I wouldn't go to New York City. It is the most expensive town in the United States (Honolulu is 2nd, Washington DC is 3rd, and San Francisco is 4th).

[ Edit: Edited on 01-Nov-2013, at 14:12 by Calcruzer ]