2 week student trip to USA Sept '14
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Jul 25, 2013 2:48 PM Last Post By: Christnp
Jul 18, 2013 1:35 PM
2 week student trip to USA Sept '14Hi all
I've just signed up to ask for your advice.
I'm planning on visiting the USA for the first time next year. I will be doing 3 weeks of work in Kentucky (that is already booked) then I have 2 weeks holiday for the first 2 weeks of September 2014. Now as I have never been before, I wanted to choose an area to explore for two weeks.
I will be 22 at the time I am out there (bars and nightlife is therefore important!), outgoing and want to do sightseeing as well as some outdoor activities (in particular, I'd like to do a few days skiing). Furthermore, I'd like to take this opportunity to meet some great people while I'm out there. Budget is important too. Also, I'm not too sure on how is best to travel. I've heard AmTrak is good, but also Greyhound coaches too.
Anyway, I thought I'd head here for expert advice and look forward to hearing your suggestions.
Jul 18, 2013 4:54 PM
1What kind of work visa will you have? Some require that you depart as soon as the job is over.
AMTRAK is the only train service; Greyhound is the main long distance bus service. They may or may not go everywhere that you want to visit. Some rides can be very te & time consuming.
Are you able to drive? Are you willing to rent a car for a few days? Or will you be limited to places where you can walk or take transit?
What are you thinking of in a daily budget? In dollars or some other currency. My "budget" might be your "too expensive."
Since you will be starting in Kentucky, with only two weeks, you'll probably want to stick to the East or South. If you can get to them, you might enjoy what we call a "college town." This is a town where a university is located and is a dominant presence. Lots of the amenities that college students enjoy--bars, clubs, sports etc. If you can arrange to attend an American football game (mot college games are on Saturdays), you'll find it really easy to meet people & have a good time.
However, college towns are not likely to have hostels and may not be served by train or Greyhound.
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Jul 25, 2013 2:48 PM
2The best way to travel will depend on where you go. Amtrak is great for some routes, and either terrible or nonexistent for others. Bus can be an option for some routes, but sometimes flying is the cheapest option.
The USA is huge. There are many places you could go. One big factor is whether you plan on renting a car. Even if you get to a particular destination using public transportation, you may really need a car to get around once you arrive. If car is not an option, then you'll want to stick with areas that are very walkable and have good public transportation. This usually means cities (with a few exceptions).
It will be too early for snow skiing.
If you gave some idea of your budget, forum members may be able to offer some suggestions for how to spend your two weeks.
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