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post May 21 2007, 09:42 AM
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Hi, as of last week I have been made redundant which was a bit of a bugger and straight out of the blue, but hey why not take the opportunity to travel.

So after some Internet research I ended up here, as forums goes it seems to be very comprehensive and very active!

I am 23 years old I live south of London and was an IT technician until Thursday smile.gif I have saved up just over 2000 pounds which I may as well travel with. I have always wanted to go to the USA, backpack, buy a car etc who knows. I personally like the idea of the desert states but also seeing the cities too.
So I really don't know where to begin so many factors flights insurance, whether to go alone or with someone else or with a group.

Ideally i would love to buy a cheap car out there 2nd hand, and go cross country but the cost of doing that on my own will probably be too high, so i guess the ideal would be me and 1 or 2 travelling partners.

Has anyone had experience of this sort of thing? Ideas on a next step? cost etc? sorry if I am being vague here


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post May 22 2007, 12:09 PM
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I don't know the logistics of non-residents buying a car, but if you can get that taken care of, there is no better way than by car to see the US (maybe by bike or foot, but that takes a spell longer). I've done it multiple times for various lengths of time (five days to three months), and I've never run out of new things to see. American Southwest is a must. I recommend following Highway 89 -- pick it up in Montana at the Canadian border and follow it clear to the Mexican border, taking in Glacier National Park, Canyonlands, Zion, Bryce, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and the Navajo Nation, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Rocky Mountain National park -- yeah, a pretty uneventful drive. Pacific Coast is great, and US1 down the east Coast is good if you like big cities and lots of traffic. US20 can be followed from the tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts to the Pacific Ocean a couple thousand miles away, with Chicago as a halfway point.

Summer is a nightmare for fuel costs by US standards -- pushing $4 a gallon in some places (cheaper, usually, in the south and west). But you have the benefit of coming from a country with a 2-1 exchange rate against our in-the-toilet dollar.

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