How much would it cost for two people to travel around USA?

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1. Posted by jlivin20 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hey, Me and my boyfriend are going to save for going to USA.. We want to travel to as many places as possible and for around 12 ,months. We are hoping to save enough money for a second hand RV once we get over there. Apart from that and gas etc, how much would you say we should need for each month for the both of us? We thought around £750 each a month ($3000 a month) or are we being too generous or is it too little?

Any help would be great! Thanks!


2. Posted by gom (Full Member 29 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hi there!

I travelled throughout the US for 6 month ending up 3 months ago.

Travelling in a budget way (buses, ride sharing, hostels, subway, cooking my stuff, not partying a lot...) I spent as much as 10.000€ / 15.000 $ so 2,500 $ a month.

So I guess u can take that as a reference.

Good luck guys!

3. Posted by kellypsych (Budding Member 9 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I think that would be a good & safe amount to bring, especially if you are going to do a lot of activities. You could get away with less if you wanted though. I hope you have a great time!

4. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2015 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Motels/hotels are expensive here, but hostels are the way to go if you have little $. If you eat fast food/pizza or takeout from the grocery store you can also save. Regular restaurants have become quite high here as above and beyond the meal, you'll be expected to leave an additional 15% tip (not included in your bill).

Forget buying an RV - gas is going to $5. a gallon very soon, and distances here are vast compared to the UK. You would also be required to buy insurance for the RV, and unless your name is Windsor, you'd find yourself hitchhiking real fast!

If I were you, I'd look into one or more of the couchsurfing groups.

5. Posted by jeantyc (Budding Member 73 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

3,000 a month sounds about right, some cities will be a little less in the end it will all balance out

Enjoy your journey

6. Posted by VgbndFrnk (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Wow!! 12 months in over here!! If you can pull this together (and it sounds like u can) then u will be my hero. I think about 3k per month sounds reasonable, but be sure to be as thrifty as possible when it comes to buying food and stuff. Its better to not spend so much during the first 6 months, then maybe u will find yourself with a surplus towards the end of your trip and you can have something of a grand finale! Remember to consider worsening gas prices.

Good luck!

Vagabond Frank

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7. Posted by triptime (Respected Member 32 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I wouldn't buy an RV unless you have a long lost cousin here that is a mechanic and wants to sell you his. I like the couch surfing idea mentioned above... I would take buses (Greyhound) from city to city or maybe a cheap one-way flight on Southwest Airlines (they usually have some good deals-- $49-$99 USD) to get from one region to the next. Big cities have hostels that are reasonable and usually well located.

Car/scooter rentals could be used for day or weekend trips in areas you really want to see. NY, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco and Miami have good public transit for city going.

Cook your own food and you'll save a ton... though the fast-food chain Subway now has $5 footlong sandwiches!

Make friends along the way and you'll find yourself staying and eating for free in a few different places. There are good people here!

8. Posted by becbec3 (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

i have never been to there until now,so have no idea,hehe you can search in the engine

9. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Question: How are you planning on staying here that long? A general visitor's visa is only good for 90 days. Just curious.