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jamesfbecker
post Aug 8 2007, 08:57 AM
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Gday guys,

New here and I'm planning to venture over to the USA next year, probably just backpacking/cheap hotels.
I was wondering if anyone had any idea of the cost of living/travelling around? Or if there's any online guides to it? Also what are the cheap domestic airlines, are they worth using over buses/trains?

Also what sort of work is available short term? Is it worth doing tutoring (i can tutor in science) whilst I'm over there for a bit of extra cash?

I mean, I don't plan on living there, just sort of doing as much as I can, prioritising the places to see. The only thing I definitely want to do are: Grand Canyon, Mt Rushmoore, Washington state (I have a friend that lives there that I said I'd visit), Niagara falls, NYC.

I'm debating whether or not it's worth seeing the luxurious places, as I figure most cities are basically the same, a bunch of shops and a bunch of places to waste money?

Thanks for any help.
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Jessica_CDN
post Aug 9 2007, 12:11 PM
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Hi James!

Well, first of all, where are you coming from? The strength of your currency will determine how "expensive" things seem....

In terms of accomodations, from what i've seen, there's an extensive hostel network throughout much of the US, especially in the big cities, and these are quite affordable. Campsites can be good too, but it means carrying more stuff.

The LonelyPlanet can give you a good rough estimate to the current costs, but like I said, it's more about your currency. If you're coming from the UK, the US is an affordable place to travel. Coming from India, not so much.

Domestic flights can be quite affordable, so it's going to be on a case-by-case basis. Watch for the deals!

Some US cities are really great. New York, Boston, Washington DC are all really great. I'm going to San Fran soon, so I'll let you know what I think. smile.gif


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