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

In January, I have a month when I can travel all over US. I currently live in Warwick, NY, and I need to fly from an airport not too far from here. Either somewhere in NY or Newark, I think is the most practical.
It may also be an alternative to go from the washington area, if I can save alot of money on the airplane on that.

The places I definetly wanna visit is Hawaii and LA. I am thinking maybe about a week in Hawaii, and 4-5 days in LA.
Is one week in Hawaii enough to see most places there? What should I do while I'm in Hawaii?

Then I'm thinking of taking a bus to Vegas and stay there for 2-3 days. Not sure I wanna do this though, I have already been in LV, and I'm not sure how fun it'll be the second time. But I found a bus that goes from LA to Vegas for only 30 dollars, so it might be worth another visit.

Another place I wanna visit is New Orleans, but I dont really know what to do there and how long I should stay, but it seems like a cool city to visit.

I also consider visiting Florida for some days. I have a couple of friends there, one live in Tampa, another one lives outside of Miami.

How can I find the cheapest way to go to these places? What day of the week will it be cheapest to travel? I don't really care in which order I visit the different places, but I thought about starting by going to Hawaii->LA->LV->New Orleans/Florida.

How can I get around at the places I wanna visit? I'm thinking especially of Hawaii and Florida.

What things should I see and do at the different places? Everything might be interesting, but especially things that are exiting or fun.

How much money should I calculate spending on places to sleep, food and attractions?

If anybody can help me out a bit, I'll be most grateful!

Sorry, I forgot to finish the headline Is it any way I can edit that??

[ Edit: Edited on 18-Jul-2009, at 13:14 by audunk ]

2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Quoting audunk

Sorry, I forgot to finish the headline Is it any way I can edit that??

Also sorry - but no - at present the thread title is stuck being what it is. You are able to edit the content of the thread within the first hour of posting, but the title remains as "A trip". No worries - members will view the thread just to see what "trip" you are planning and respond if they can help.

3. Posted by Derestanne (Budding Member 36 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Being as I live in the Tampa Bay Area, I can offer suggestions for Tampa Bay and Florida in general.

The nightlife at Ybor City (east side of downtown Tampa) is a big draw for Tampa visitors. Lots of bars, dance clubs and restaurants there. There is also the Seminole Indian Tribe Casino near Interstate 4 on the East Side.

If you want a nice beach, come over to Pinellas County and check out the St. Petersburg, Clearwater or Madeira Beach's.

And then there is Tarpon Springs and the Sponge Docks. The Greek Restaurants are authentic and relatively inexpensive. You can buy everything along the Sponge Docks from sponges and imported soap to beach wear, cigars, blowfish and rubber alligators.

From Tampa, Amtrak will take you North to Jacksonville, East to Disney World and Orlando and South to Miami and points in between.

4. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I do very much the alternative USA when I travel (hate Disney and Vegas stuff, with a passion).
Try, if you get to Florida - Key West and Lake Okeechobee. Just two awesome places.
I have cousins who live in Miami and a city called Jacksonville. None of them have ever been to the lake. It's awesomely beautiful so under touristy. Just what you want.

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

Thanks for all the suggestions.

My total budget for the trip is 4500 dollars, of which about 1000 dollars will be spent on flight tickets. Does that sounds like enough for the whole trip?
Will I have enough money to be able to do alot of activities on that budget?
How much should I calculate to spend on food and accomodation? Its okay for me to live cheap, and I'm calculating on spending about 20 dollars per day on food. Does that seem realistic? I'm thinking 3 meals a day at Subway, + a more expensive meal every now and then.

The time spent at the different places will be about like this:
Hawaii - 9-10 days
LA - 5 days
Vegas - 3 days (I'll probably just be one full day here, ex I come on thursday, and leave on saturday)
New Orelans - 3 days (same as LV)
Florida - 5-7 days

[ Edit: Edited on 21-Jul-2009, at 20:04 by audunk ]