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> Where to start?? Florida? New Mexico?, This is just the beginning of a RTW
mynetdude
post Sep 27 2008, 11:42 AM
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I already live in Oregon, been to some states in the US haven't been to them all and so why not see all the states first?

I'm going to keep this extremely short unlike my uber legnthly introductory post (for any of those who saw it, probably only read the first paragraph and then quit! biggrin.gif).

I have travelled when I was younger, and would like to travel again but this time travel and see everything (although I'm not really into the arts, culture, festivals, cookouts, crowds, parades, etc all that much).

I have about $2,000-$2,500/month to spend and I'm having difficulty trying to figure out how people are actually able to spend $1,000 per month to travel along with that difficulty I'm having trouble figuring out how to get tour/hotel packages so I can get cheaper hotels. Ever since the idea stuck with me I've been getting less sleep but this is what I've figured out so far:

On the cheap side I figured a hotel will cost me anywhere from $40-$75/night plus tax (actually if you start going $65 upwards I'd say we're talking about not so cheap anymore) granted if I could find a decent hotel for $40/night I'm looking to spend roughly $1,100/month in lodging plus some change for tax so I based it on some averages about $50-$55/night plus tax I'll look closer to spending $1,300-$1,500/month in lodging on average for hotels and thats rediculously high! Hostels only let you stay 28 days max, but I'm not necessarily staying in one place every 3-5 days and extended stay hotels are just as costly as regular hotels.

Hostels will only let you stay 28 days, but I haven't found a hostel in the south/southeast sad.gif, I could also stay at an extended stay hotel although after some brisk research some brands are just as expensive as a regular hotel (though I did find extended stay rates in Panama City FL for $28.43/night plus tax which is considerably better than $38-$55).

To be honest I want to do things at my own pace, pick up tours when I want them as I need them rather than not get a full package even if I have to buy myself a self guided tour package to get cheaper hotel rates that is fine with me.

I thought about starting off in Florida, but I can start off anywhere really as I plan to do this all year long and Florida for the winter sounds warm enough for me smile.gif. I don't want to start off in Nevada because there are certain attractions I want to see but they only operate during the spring/summer and so I didn't want to backtrack (and that seems to be likely to happen no matter where I go).

If anybody has ideas/options that I haven't considered please throw them on the table, it will help me put it together smile.gif. Thanks in advance! smile.gif
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post Sep 28 2008, 10:16 AM
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http://www.hostelworld.com/

http://www.hostels.com/us.html

http://www.hiusa.org/

http://www.usahostels.com/

http://www.hostelusa.com/

Surely one of these could help you find lower cost accommodations. I know even in South Beach Miami there are inexpensive hostels. I'm not so sure about Kansas City though.

Greyhound would seem the way to go, but surprisingly enough sometimes the airfare is lower for longer distances.

Never ever take a scheduled tour! Always first visit the local tourist office who generally have free maps for walking tours and experienced staff to give you advice.

Renting a car is not a bad idea. It's certainly cheaper than a taxi. For example the taxi fare from Miami Int'l Airport to Miami Beach is US$ 32.00. An inexpensive car rental for 24 hours from MIA runs at about US$ 30.00. You don't need to tip anyone if you rent a car! I spoke to a friend yesterday who was staying in Miami Beach. He told me he had taken a taxi from his hotel to South Beach and had paid US$ 10.00 each way, which he considered quite reasonable. When I told him that a public bus did the same route every 15 minutes for US$ 1.50 each way, he was horrified. "But no one told he" he protested! If he had taken two minutes to get online he would have found the bus route, timetable and price.

The secret? Be creative and investigate all your options prior to arrival.



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QUOTE(mmbcross @ Sep 28 2008, 10:16 AM) *

http://www.hostelworld.com/

http://www.hostels.com/us.html

http://www.hiusa.org/

http://www.usahostels.com/

http://www.hostelusa.com/

Surely one of these could help you find lower cost accommodations. I know even in South Beach Miami there are inexpensive hostels. I'm not so sure about Kansas City though.

Greyhound would seem the way to go, but surprisingly enough sometimes the airfare is lower for longer distances.

Never ever take a scheduled tour! Always first visit the local tourist office who generally have free maps for walking tours and experienced staff to give you advice.

Renting a car is not a bad idea. It's certainly cheaper than a taxi. For example the taxi fare from Miami Int'l Airport to Miami Beach is US$ 32.00. An inexpensive car rental for 24 hours from MIA runs at about US$ 30.00. You don't need to tip anyone if you rent a car! I spoke to a friend yesterday who was staying in Miami Beach. He told me he had taken a taxi from his hotel to South Beach and had paid US$ 10.00 each way, which he considered quite reasonable. When I told him that a public bus did the same route every 15 minutes for US$ 1.50 each way, he was horrified. "But no one told he" he protested! If he had taken two minutes to get online he would have found the bus route, timetable and price.

The secret? Be creative and investigate all your options prior to arrival.



Thanks for all the hostel links, actually I didn't realize that there were more than one hostel organization and indeed there are a couple of hostels in south/central Florida.

Indeed airfare is just as good if not cheaper over long distances, so I know I'll most likely fly to my starting point since its a long ways and I'll tell you why: If I want to start in Florida I would start in Pensacola: Greyhound $239, Amtrak $296, Delta/Alaska Airlines $281 so for $40 more than the bus/Greyhound I can get there faster and I don't have to spend as much on food on my way there (and I won't have the agony of trying to sleep for 2 1/2 days on the bus).

I agree that while a taxi for $10 from the airport to the hotel is actually reasonable, at the same time public transportation can also do it for a whole lot less but I'm more inclined to take a taxi on my first day there A) heavy luggage and cool.gif it just saves you the headache when you've got luggage with you. Once you've got all your stuff taken care of though, then you take public transpo as much as possible unless you're going to state parks and stuff (then you have to decide whether you need a rental car or taxi because I don't think there is public transpo to state parks).

I have been looking at the camping option, its a lot cheaper (almost as much as the average hostel that isn't in a major city) but camping presents a few problems A) transportation (I'd need to rent the car, and I don't really want to do that in a major city) cool.gif Food/cooking and C) gear (and it'll get almighty heavy!)
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mynetdude   Where to start?? Florida? New Mexico?   Sep 27 2008, 11:42 AM
jacquesl   Have you thought of checking couchsurfing?   Sep 27 2008, 12:23 PM
mynetdude   looked at the couchsurfing website, only two couch...   Sep 27 2008, 12:46 PM
starlagurl   How come you aren't just going to start from O...   Sep 29 2008, 10:10 AM
mynetdude   How come you aren't just going to start from ...   Sep 29 2008, 01:38 PM
starlagurl   When are you leaving? This year???   Sep 29 2008, 01:45 PM
mmbcross   Most airports have van shuttle services that will ...   Sep 29 2008, 03:24 PM
mynetdude   When are you leaving? This year??? January ...   Sep 29 2008, 10:49 PM
mynetdude   Ok here's the gist that I discussed with famil...   Sep 29 2008, 10:55 PM
starlagurl   If I was from North America, and a first time trav...   Sep 30 2008, 10:02 AM
mmbcross   Oh! I like the free and cheap beer. What more ...   Sep 30 2008, 10:06 AM
starlagurl   Drunkard is quite a harsh term, I prefer aficionad...   Sep 30 2008, 01:18 PM
mynetdude   Drunkard is quite a harsh term, I prefer aficiona...   Sep 30 2008, 03:21 PM
starlagurl   I know you're joking... Yes, I would be surpr...   Sep 30 2008, 03:31 PM
mynetdude   I know you're joking... Yes, I would be surp...   Sep 30 2008, 03:38 PM
starlagurl   You could try a GPS maybe, to help with the direct...   Sep 30 2008, 03:51 PM
mynetdude   I think I may give the campervan/RV type idea a tr...   Sep 30 2008, 04:22 PM
starlagurl   Hmmm... I know you're worried about climate a ...   Oct 1 2008, 09:18 AM
mynetdude   Hmmm... I know you're worried about climate a...   Oct 1 2008, 01:28 PM
mmbcross   Snow in Florida? Hurricanes in BC? I don't thi...   Oct 1 2008, 10:49 AM
mynetdude   Snow in Florida? Hurricanes in BC? I don't th...   Oct 1 2008, 01:37 PM
mmbcross   A bit more info for the gold mine: http://www.visi...   Oct 1 2008, 11:20 AM
starlagurl   That's what I mean, Martin. Obviously getting ...   Oct 1 2008, 12:20 PM
mynetdude   Today I've decided Florida and I'm not dr...   Oct 1 2008, 07:18 PM
mmbcross   You only have to write one blog. Create your own ...   Oct 1 2008, 10:08 PM
mynetdude   You only have to write one blog. Create your own ...   Oct 1 2008, 10:27 PM


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