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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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post Aug 9 2007, 12:56 PM
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Hey James,

Jess had a good question; where are you from? Travelling around the US can be done on a variety of budgets.

Here's a hostel link so you can get familiar with what's available and how much it costs.

Cheap flights are another story. Domestic air travel isn't as inexpensive as say, the UK. There are a few "no frills" airlines called Skybus, Southwest and Jetblue that offer limited, but pretty cheap flights by North American standards. Overland travel is pretty affordable too if you're not going too far. Greyhound is the most popular.

In terms of making some extra cash, you may be able to tutor but you may also need a work visa. I read a bit about temporary work visas and they seem to be a real pain rolleyes.gif Sometimes it's possible to pick up a temporary service job for some extra cash by asking around. I would also check out the local papers in the cities you're in. Side jobs will often be listed there. If you work for an individual rather than a company it would be easier, such as tutoring someone's kids.

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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?


There are a lot of great places in the US and many cities have their own unique flavor but again, it depends on where you want to go. Which places are you debating on?


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