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1. Posted by hannah101 (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

about in dollars/pounds would you say if I'm going to the USA on the 1st August and I return home on the 21st Oct. The route will be something like NY, Washington, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arizona and ending up in Los Angeles.

Any help would be much appreciated. :o)


[ Edit: Edited on Jan 30, 2007, at 1:27 PM by hannah101 ]

2. Posted by Lugor79 (Full Member 74 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Well, I guess it all depends on how 'comfortable' you want to travel. If by air, it's going to more expensive, even with Southwest (or other discount carrier) you can expect about $60 each leg of the trip. Buses may be cheaper, you can probably find smaller (non-greyhound) lines that run between major cities fairly cheaply. For example there is a New York City-Washington, DC line called the 'Chinatown Buses' for about $20 each way, Greyhound is like $50 I think, train is $70 I think... I know a few buses go as far as Boston, MA and Richmond, Virginia. I know in the midwest Megabus (from the UK) runs some discount lines there. Traveling in a group? over 25? Rent a car...

If you do hostels, I'd expect $25 a night, more expensive in NYC ($35 a night) and may be cheaper in other places. Camping is generally $5-$15 (or free if you do backcountry)

Food, depending on what you eat (and how much) can be $10-$30 a day. I had a buddy/mate survive on $1 Cup of Noodles and $2 burritos for a month.

Then you have add in costs for attractions, local travel costs (subway, taxi, buses, etc...).

I noticed that lonely planet guides generally give you a good idea on budgets...

Hope this helps... if you give us more specific info, we can give you more concrete budget.


3. Posted by hannah101 (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Firstly, thanks for your response. :o) Secondly, yep, I probably should have thrown a bit more info in there.

There's just the two of us going, me and friend. As for 'comfortable' travelling, we're not bothered how comfortable and incomfortabel we are, as long as we get to were we want to go and it's rather cheap. We're going to try and not get taxis etc. just stick to the bus and sometimes... the train. I'd love to rent a car, but sadly, I can't drive, my friend can, but she hates it and to ask her and put the responsibility on her...

I wonder if £4,000 would do... just some rough figure I guess, for piece of mind, lol.

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5. Posted by hannah101 (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Spam...? :o/

6. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

For the trip you are doing 4000 pounds should be plenty. The most expensive part will be New York City. Just use public transport. You can get a one week pass for unlimited use on any subway or bus in any subway station. Well worth it. Also another cheap thing to do is head down to the financial district and take the Statten Island. Its free and it gives great views of the city and the statue of liberty.

7. Posted by Lugor79 (Full Member 74 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

£4,000 is about $7800. Using my rough guess, it $2250 for lodging (you can probably get cheaper cause you are traveling together.). $2700 for food, but you probably don't eat as much as I do; big american portions... ;) That leaves you almost $100 a day on other stuff. So £4,000 seems very reasonable to me... Any thoughts from anyone else?


oh, as a thought, meet people, bigger groups save money! :)

8. Posted by hannah101 (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thanks Lugor. People are very helpful on here. It's marvellous! :o)

I'll be taking hopefully... $10,000 however, my plan is to only spend half of that!

9. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2003 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Do yourself a favor and take just less than $10,000 (like even just $9,900). Customs requires that you fill out a form if you bring $10,000 or more with you into the US--so avoid the hassle by being just below that number.