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1. Posted by me4218 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

me and my friend want to travel around North America next Sept for a year, we are both willing to work over there altought we need a money target to aim for before we go. how much do you reckon would suit this sort of trip ??? We have started saving and have 9months more so ...... ????

2. Posted by vxmike (Budding Member 64 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Well it totally depends on where you want to go as certain parts of the US are far more expensive than others and also what style of travel you wish to experience. Where do you want to go and what class of travel do you require? Camping, hotels, ???

One thing to keep in mind is there are very few hostels in the US, so you will likely be unable to find cheap lodging in most of the expensive cities. There are plenty of cheap motels, so if you're splitting costs with another person you should be able to find crappy motels for ~$40-$50/night in many areas.

I see you're from the UK, so your Pound is extremely powerful in the US right now and you'll find many things (such as food) a bargain compared to your prices at home. If you plan to drive you'll find that fuel is only $3/US gallon compared to over $8/gallon in the UK.

3. Posted by walkitwils (Budding Member 52 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I travelled america/canada for 2 months. I stayed at vancouver, san francisco, denver, boulder, chicago,new york, montreal and tornoto. I never had a problem finding a place in a hostel in major cities. They usually cost between 10-20 pounds a night for a bed (which isnt to costly) I had enough money saved but was offered work in san francisco and montreal in exchange for accomodation. Its hard to say how much you should save without knowing how much you are willing to work and where you want to go but the best idea is to just save every penny, therfore when your away you have extra and dont have to miss out on things and may even return home with some spare change. America/Canada was my first big trip alone and it was wicked. Hope you enjoy!

4. Posted by Liberte30 (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!


It depends if you go to Canada or USA. I'm from Canada(Quebec) and i'm telling you that living in Quebec cost nothing if you compare to USA. I've been in USA for a year at the moment and i'm still chocked about how costly it is to find your own place to stay. If you dont have a job when you get in USA you cant find an apartment. The best thing to do is staying in a hostel and then find a job... It takes about 2 or 3 months to be set...Living in a hostel helps you to meet new friends and make contacts...After that you can start looking for an apartment with a couple of your new friends!

That's what most of the people do!

If you plan going to Quebec you won't have any problem to find a place to stay...It costs nothing!!!!! I use to have my own apartment ( a two bedrooms) for $300

I dont know about hostel and hotel thought...


5. Posted by willie3333 (Full Member 14 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Well... I've traveled around much of the United States and I've found that you can find hostels cheap in most cities. When I'm traveling I found its just best to cut down on costs any way such as public transportation instead of renting a car. It may take a little longer, but its worth it.
Cost really depend on where your going. A hostel/accomdations in North Dakota (north centeral) is much cheaper than trying to find a place in Cailfornia. Just plan for unexpected costs.

6. Posted by craiga (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!


To stay in the US for a year and work you will need to go to the embassy for a visa and jump through a fair few hoops to get one. Coming from the UK you can visit for 90 days on a tourist visa, but then have to leave and return to start the 90 days again. Also on a tourist visa you can't work leagally.

Hope you enjoy your trip


7. Posted by pinkgirlie (Full Member 121 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I actually found the USA to be the most expensive leg of my RTW trip (went to Singapore, OZ, NZ & Fiji) and even though we saved hard and kept to the budget elsewhere we ended up £1000 into the credit card by the end of the US. We stayed in hostels, camped and made our own meals. Our budget for 2 people all-in was £65, when we got to the US the same things were costing about £75 per day, so it was an extra £5 each, or $10. It doesn't sound much but over 6 weeks it adds up. My advice is budget a bit extra for the USA. There are also plenty of trips and things you won't want to miss out on, so any extra money you can save will really help when you find something you really want to do.

8. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 438 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Everyone here is dead on. If you want to hit the big highlight cities expect to spend a lot of money - you can do it on $35-40 a day but if you get off the beaten path and camp out and see the countryside it can be amazingly inexpensive

Transport and food will be the biggest expenses unless you are a real nightlife fiend. But you will find the US on the whole to be cheaper than the UK - at least that's how I find it every time I go to England, Wales or Scotland.