TRAVELING IN AMERICA - ADVICE?

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    Hi everyone. I'm looking to travel around America and blog about it, and I was hoping to get some advice. I want to go to all over, but I know that's not possible :(. I'm coming from the UK. In the EU we're pretty well connected with trains but I see that's not the case in the US. I was thinking of starting in NY or New England, going down to Atlanta, across the south (I've heard all about southern hospitality) and working my way up again. I'd even like to go to Alaska to see the Northern lights! I've got 6 months, what kind of price at the cheapest am I looking at?

    Also, has anyone else blogged about their American travel journey? I'd love to see them. I'm thinking of leaving my laptop and taking just an iPad to blog with.
     
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    york beach maine, boston mass, new york city, wash. d.c., myrtle beach, coastal areas of fla, atlanta, on over to texas, sneak into mexico, pop into an all inclusive somewhere in the riviera maya. peace out.
     
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    Be careful of US Police if you are carrying cash...they will stop you and claim its drug money [they do not have to prove it just think it] then you will be abused and humiliated and mistreated...just like regular Americans


    American shakedown Police won t charge you but they ll grab your money - World - CBC News
     
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    Food, lodging, rental car around $100/day on the cheap.
     
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    Yeah it's fucked up how they do that.
    But I dont know anyone who travels with large sums of money....except maybe drug dealers.
    Thats what credit cards and travelers checks are for.
     
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    You can see the Northern Lights anywhere along the Northern tier of states, from Minnesota to Washinton.

    Not all Southerners are always hosptitable, so be careful in Atlanta, and do not eat at Waffle House.

    Can't price your trip for you, too many variables.

    But, gas is cheap, rent a comfortable vehicle, and use the cheaper motels.

    Expensive ones don't seem much of a bargain in my experience.
     
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    It may be cheaper if you travel (rent a car) to certain centralized locations and then do "day trips" into the surrounding areas.

    Examples:
    You could rent a house on the gulf beach in Fort Morgan, Alabama for a week.
    Then you could visit the fort, soak up some sun on the beach, jump over to the Pensacola Air Base for a tour, drive down to Panama City Beach, spend a day shopping the outlet malls in Foley, go offshore fishing (or surf fish in front of the house you rented) and enjoy some wonderful seafood fresh off the boat. Plenty of entertainment opportunities, the people are friendly enough.

    Hop over to Red River, New Mexico and rent a house there for a week.
    Biking and hiking in the mountains, rent jeep and climb up to Goose Lake before hitting all the off-road trails in the area, spend a day taking pictures of the wildlife (elk, deer, antelope, wild turkeys, bear), go trout fishing in the stream that runs through the middle of town, run over to Santa Fe or Taos, visit the gorge, go horseback riding and they have a great 4th of July Parade there.

    And so on ...

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    Buy a nice Road Atlas and make sure you have a smart phone, charger and data plan that can handle GPS apps.
    Remember we drive on the wrong side of the road.

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    The above is good advice, except that we drive on the right side of the road.
     
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    Hi wow thanks for all this advice! It sounds great, I'm looking up all the places you mentioned now. Fort Morgan looks awesome. And yeah I didn't mention love hiking and camping, I'm looking to meet lot's of people along my way. Not looking to go shopping and laze around (maybe sometimes though), so sites of natural beauty are definitely welcome suggestions. cheers again!
     
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    I've traveled extensively throughout Europe, and lived in Europe as well. But I am from America and have traveled across the country a couple of times and been to many states and cities.

    IMO you simply cannot travel with ease around America without a car. It is nothing like traveling in Europe where the countries have extensive train systems.

    The best thing to do, IMO, would be to rent a small car and get a good tent. There are many good camping sites in the US, often near big cities. In big cities, for cheap lodging, your best option is to go to Youth Hostels, which accept older people as well.

    I would suggest getting a KOA campground membership and a Youth Hostel membership. Then rent an inexpensive car or buy an inexpensive second hand car. Amtrak and the cross country bus systems are not a good way to go if you want to do a lot of traveling: they are expensive, time consuming, cumbersome, and usually have a very unpleasant atmosphere--nothing like traveling in Europe. When you get somewhere, you are lost because US towns and cities mostly do not have efficient mass transit. If you are in a place that is not a big town or city, there will be virtually no way to get around.

    There are 400-500 KOA campgrounds across the US, and they are inexpensive, safe, clean, etc.

    America has a vast system of highways all over the country. Traveling by car is really the only way to see the country. IMO

    With car rental, food, camp ground fees or hostel fees, and gas--$100 a day is a good estimate. That's about 95 euros at the moment. I'd rent a car because that covers insurance and maintenance. You can probably get a reduced price for a long term rental, i.e., 6 months.

    One hundred $ a day is a lot of money for 6 months, but it's based on driving a lot each day. If you drive from one place to another and say, spend a week at a place before moving on to another, you would spend a lot less on gas. And it's based on about $25 a day on food, which would be a lot less if you are cooking instead of eating out.

    Kampgrounds of America - Wikipedia the free encyclopedia
     
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