Female travelling solo through USA
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Aug 24, 2012 4:03 PM Last Post By: yofletch
Aug 22, 2012 1:05 PM
Female travelling solo through USAHi,
I plan on travelling The USA for a month next year and will be doing it on my own, does anyone have any ideas on where to go and what sort of transport to use? I was thinking of renting a car but I would like to keep costs down. I plan on going Febuary time, so any hints and ideas will be great.
Aug 22, 2012 1:27 PM
1How old are you? The cost of a rental car partly depends on that.
What kind of budget do you have--in dollars or pounds, not adjectives. My "moderate" might be your "too expensive."
Do you enjoy long drives or prefer short ones? Are you experienced in driving in snow and ice?
Where to go? Wherever you want. It's hard to make suggestions without knowing your likes and dislikes.
Since it's February, are you interested in skiing, snowboarding or other winter sports? Or would you like a warm beach?
Big cities or camping in the wilderness?
Museums, art galleries, historical sites, fine dining, shopping, Disneyland? Party until dawn or early to bed?
Hiking and nature?
Hostels or 5-star hotels?
You get the idea. Please don't say "I'm up for anything." I don't think you want ideas for touring sewage treatment plants.
Aug 22, 2012 1:51 PM
The best advice I can give you without any further information is to rent a car if you can afford it. Honestly, unless you're sticking to the most populated areas of the country (mostly the northeast, mid-atlantic and west coast) public transport costs could quickly eclipse the price of renting your own vehicle and offer less flexibility. If you're really determined not to rent, look into megabus and greyhound. Megabus isn't always incredibly comfortable, but it is the cheapest and most extensive bus network I've found to get around with: http://us.megabus.com/
Good luck with your trip!
Aug 22, 2012 1:53 PM
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Aug 22, 2012 7:33 PM
6February is still deep winter. Northern cities like Chicago, Minneapolis could be very cold & snowy. Most of the Western national parks are likely to be difficult driving.
1 week Washington, DC - free museums, excellent food, youll be arriving enough after the January presidential innauguration to avoid those crowds. Stay outside the city, take public transport / tour shuttles.
3 days - New York city - famous buildings, 1 play. No need for a car.
1 week Florida - Orlando theme parks if you like those, or Keys for snorkling or nightlife - plan to arrive after February 15. You'd need a rental car except for when you're at the the theme parks.
1 week Gulf Coast - white sand beaches. Panama City, FL or Destin, FL or Orange Beach, AL. You'd need a car.
2 weeks - Las Vegas, NV, Death Valley (CA) National Park, Zion National Park near Springdale, UT, Grand Canyon - South Rim.
Aug 22, 2012 7:42 PM
7Perhaps check the HI Hostel network ... they are nearly always good, reliable, and safe, and you certainly meet a lot of people from around the world (but rather fewer Americans though). You could plot an interesting route via HI - using a combination of bus and flights - and local tours in each region. With luck you will meet others to share a rental car with.
But winter in most of the US is TOUGH ... is it absolutely essential you travel in February - can't make it April or May? Even Miami Beach (one of the warmer spots in the continental US) is only 16°C-24°C in February, which is barely beach weather. Much of the rest can be far colder than the UK in winter.
Aug 22, 2012 8:17 PM
8Your question is to general and impossible to answer, you dont mention any interest or budget.
It is winter in 75% of the country, even Florida can be nippy. Renting a car where? You dont need one in the top 6 cities, NYC/Boston/Philly/Wash DC/Chicago/San Francisco.
Hostels suck in most the USA.
Greyhound is for most is full on low lifes.
I suggest going to Cancun, and making your way around the Yucatan, Belize and Guatemala, far nice, cheaper, far easier, nicer lodging, healthier food, and much warmer.
Aug 22, 2012 8:29 PM
Aug 22, 2012 10:33 PM
Aug 23, 2012 3:42 AM
Sorry but your question is vague at best .....
Which part of the U.S. would you be thinking of visiting ?
What is your budget for this trip ?
" I PLAN ON GOING FEBRUARY TIME "
Consider the south as its warmer, Southern California is
perfect weather wise.
weather updates : ACCUWEATHER.COM / US /
What part of the U.K. are you from ?
Avoid flying on the weekends, Tuesday and Wednesday
are less conjested and cheaper.
sign up with airlines like AERLINGUS.COM /
Dublin and Shannon airports have U.S. CUSTOMS based there
so connecting / travelling through either airport means you'll arrive in the U.S.
the very same as a domestic passenger.
Please give us an update soon ?
Aug 24, 2012 3:17 AM
I plan on starting in Portland and then seeing where it takes me, and I will be travelling in Feb, I hope to get a car rental too but Thanks Yofletch for the advice on travelling through the week. I'm 30 and the reason why I'm being a bit vague is that I'm still thinking of what to do. My main aim is to see much of the USA in 4 weeks on a £2000 budget, ending up in LA as my cousin lives there.
I am open to meeting up with other travellers too Cheekycharlieh!
Aug 24, 2012 3:22 AM
13Portland (Oregon) is an interesting city and worthy of three nights. We stayed in the HI Hostel Northwest, and thought it was a very good hostel - and close to town. Portland (Maine) is also okay ... but do not know about its hostel supply.
February can be very tough weather-wise - you need to be strategic about where you go. Lots of Oregon may be cold / wet / snow-bound. Parts of California, Nevada, and Arizona will be better, in general (but anywhere at serious altitude (above say 4000') can be very cold). Be prepared - clothing wise, and transport wise, and have a Plan B!
Aug 24, 2012 4:35 AM
You don't have to say "I want to see x, y and z," but a general "I like history/long hikes/boozing/etc." would do.
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