40 day TRIP, ADVICE !!?!?

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1. Posted by Elzora1 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

These are my travel plans, once done I will have travelled to every state in North America. I will spend 5 days in each state. I plan to start in Mid November, completing this trip in 40 days or more . Any and all money saving tips, things to do everything that will help this trip go smoother are greatly welcomed. Even if you think I know it please speak up, I’m just a student in the traveling world. These are in order as well as the airports il be landing at.
1. Utah - SLC
2. Oregon - PDX
3. Washington - SEA
4. Alaska - ANC
5. Guam - GUM
6. Hawaii - HNL
7. U.S Virgin Islands - STT
8. Puerto Rico - SJU

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2683 posts) 8w 2 Star this if you like it!

Is this a ticking exercise or do you have goals for things to see and do in these places? 5 days is not much time to get to grips with sone places.

You asked for money saving advice - travel to fewer places for longer in each place. :)

When you say every state in North America, does that include Canadian provinces, and St Pierre & Miquelon? I'd find that interesting - a bit of France left in North America.

Good luck with your trip.

3. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 2391 posts) 8w 1 Star this if you like it!

Mid November with 5 days in each place will put you in Oregon at Thanksgiving (stuff may be closed) and you won't get to Alaska until December. It is possible to visit Alaska in December, but even mid November is a little late for Alaska although of course it is off season.

You will be visiting PR and the USVI in the middle of the season so it would be cheaper to do the warm places first as anything around Christmas or later is going to be high season and more expensive.

Also you have not consolidated your air travel for the shortest flights. Hawaii to the USVI is going to be a long light and you probably can't do it non-stop

4. Posted by collarnow (Budding Member 11 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

If you're planning a 40-day trip, here are a few things to keep in mind. First, choose your route carefully. Make sure to pick a trail that is within your fitness level and has interesting scenery. Second, pack light but wisely. Bring only the essentials, and make sure to include items like a first-aid kit and a map. Third, be prepared for the elements. Dress in layers, carry extra food and water, and know how to make a shelter in case of emergency. Finally, enjoy the journey. hiking is an opportunity to connect with nature and slow down the pace of life. With careful planning and a bit of preparation, your 40-day hike will be an unforgettable experience.

5. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2683 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Quoting collarnow

your 40-day hike will be an unforgettable experience.

Your post reads like advertising copy. And you have misread the OP's premise - they plan to fly between 8 territories having a few days in each. No hiking mentioned.

6. Posted by 55vineyard (Full Member 188 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Puerto Rico is a Commonwealth, US Virgins I think are a Territory and Guam I am not sure, but it is NOT one of the 50 US States.

7. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1566 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

I'm afraid your current plans are impractical, unless you have a generous travel budget and don't mind spending days in transit. As plotted on a Travellerspoint map, your proposed route would total 15,991 miles or 25,738 kilometers, equal to about 64 percent of the Earth's circumference. Using google.com/flights, you'd find the cost of flying would exceed US$3,000. You could reduce that cost by redeeming miles with a Star Alliance carrier, such as United Airlines, which flies the Guam/Honolulu route. Better to spend your time and money on a more modest and practical journey. I've been to all 50 states and I did it incrementally. Suggest you reconsider.

8. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 2391 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Quoting 55vineyard

Puerto Rico is a Commonwealth, US Virgins I think are a Territory and Guam I am not sure, but it is NOT one of the 50 US States.

In St. Croix (USVI) is a monument on Point Udall. There are two Point Udalls in the world - the one on St Croix, and one on Guam. This one which marks the easternmost point of the U.S. is apparently named for Stewart Udall, United States Secretary of the Interior in the 60s. (The one on Guam (westernmost US point) is named for Stewart Udall's brother Morris.)

So while they are not actually states, they are considered part of the USA.

9. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 2391 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Quoting berner256

I'm afraid your current plans are impractical, unless you have a generous travel budget and don't mind spending days in transit. .

Yes Just the flight from Hawaii to the Virgin Islands alone would be terrible.

If I were doing it because I had suddenly had a desire to spend hours on a plane (because you have to be there two hours in advance),

I'd go from Guam to Honolulu (8 hours)
Then from Honolulu to Anchorage - 11 hours
Anchorage to Seattle - 3+ hours
Seattle to Portland- an hour - you probably don't need to fly here - you could drive or take a bus
Portland to Salt Lake - 4 hours
Salt Lake to San Juan PR - 8 hours
San Juan to USVI - I can't find flights that go between the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

10. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1860 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

I have actually done a Hawaii to Puerto Rico flight, but when you are coming from Australia it is inevitable you have to cross the North American continent to get to the Carribean If I lived in America I would not choose to fly that way. There are no non stop flights we chose to change in Atlanta because at the time it was the cheapest option but it certainly was not a cheap flight and post Covid I would assume prices would have most likely increased. If I were you I would consider splitting the trip concentrating one on east side and another on west side rather than criss-crossing the continent.

On Hawaii since you are only giving yourself 5 days I would recommend Big Island because it has diversity of environments and experiences that give you a good snapshot of Hawaii on the other hand if you are looking for cheap I found Kauai to be the cheapest of all the islands in terms of accommodation, food and activities.