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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 Jun 9 2007, 03:40 AM
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I admire your passion!! The problem is the days of backpacking the US are not as they used to be. Used cars tend to be gas hogs and burn thru the tanks and with gas from $3 to $4 dollars per gallon her it costs me $75 for one tank of gas in my Acura small SUV. Desert states are in the 120 degrees in the summer and present health risks for those outdoors in the sun. The south is miserable in humid and hot. The east coast also suffers from the humidity in some areas and the west coast is at it's worst and best. Summer travelers make no discounts available and Northern California Cities such as San Francisco are bittlerly cold due to the fog. The best time to travel is September and October and yet you as a young person will find more young people traveling such as you are in the summer. Being close to the San Fran I do know of many who hook up for part of a trip and then go their own way. The best place to find freindly foreigners is in the cities, Boston and San Fran especially. We love an English accent here and love hosting those from Europe so I would ask everyone you know if they know of anyone who is in the states and set up some free stays. I know we want our visitors to have a great time and with a sister in law from England it seems she is always housing a freind of the familiy's. Staying outside the main cities can help save money and for example here a hotel room in Oakland Ca is the fifth of the price of san francisco and yet only a 12 minute Bart train ride away. (Our public transit) check to see how amtrac train is these days. They used to sell a cross country pass and the train comes from chicago to Oakland Ca and one to Los Angeles. Other trains connect to chicago from the east. Driving across the country is only good if taking your time and going all thru the 50 national parks. Our state parks in caliofornia have a res number and many sell out such as Yosemitee one year in advance. Different parks such as the grand canyon, (Bryce is a must) reach capacity early in the day. Tahoe campgrounds fill up as well as do sites in the east. I remember the seventies when a man with just a backpack on his back was respected and taken care of if nothing more than to send him to the corner of Haight and Asbury. Research before you come. Find your embassies, your friends and all the young people hostels and deals you can. Most major cities have agencies for the protection of young travelors. Start with city websites or go to the national park website or the park system of the state you are visiting. Good luck. I would offer you a place but at 49 and an angry estranged husband I can hear him in court now saying what a bad influence I am for the kids housing a stranger from London at 23. Wish I could.java script:emoticon(':air_kiss:',%20'smid_1')
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