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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 23 2007, 08:41 AM
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i doubt the car or road tax will be a problem, but insurance may be!

A car which was advertised as $22 came to $75 in the end after filtering in tax, insurance and higher rate for being under 25. Still reasonable for a days real hard driving.

Hey there! You're trip does sound fun! I don't know your situation, but sometimes you can get a credit card that covers the insurance portion of the car rental. We arranged it on our visa when we went to Ireland and it saved us a bundle. The insurance they were charging was pretty much equal to the rest of the costs! Worth looking into anyway, but as Rich said they do charge more if you're under 25.


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