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    (Original post by newlife)
    Sounds good! the lack of alot of funds is a tick in my box too. The destinations sound awesome and Id be more than happy to give it a go.

    What are you going to be looking to get out of the trip though? bars/sights/shopping or something completely different? and how long you going for?

    I was seeing what google had to offer and found a site called Trek America, they got some cool packages too.
    The trip kind of came out of a conversation that went sort of like this:

    Me: Well, tickets to Australia is 1000 pounds a pop. Guess we'll have to give the kangaroos a miss.
    Him: Damnit. I want to go somewhere though in the summer.
    Me: I've got mates in New York and Oregon.

    We've only really started planning nowadays, but it's shaping up to be a sort of crazy ass erratic journey cross the states. We're thinking of NYC--bus--Washington DC--bus--Destroit--plane--Las Vegas--bus--Sedona--dunno--Grand Canyon--dunno--Death Valley--dunno--Yosemite--dunno--San Francisco--bike--LA.

    This is all tentative and in July (about 10 days NYC-Detroit and 20 days on the west coast) and it's a mix of crashing on couches, possibly hostels, sights, backpacking and generally being really really cheap (sorry I'm the moneyminder, and I've been freaking out about this and it's showing).

    Nightlife is a bit of an issue. A good night out's great, but I'm wondering how me being 19 will mess things up once we're out of NYC (my friend is in uni there). Plus, Las Vegas and LA.

    If you're thinking of getting people to party with you, that shouldn't be a problem if you stay at hostels. You can always join in a bunch of people if you hang around there early evenings, just so you know. It's a bit intimidating, but suck it up and don't look desperate (eg hanging around doing nothing at the hall). Since I'm a smoker, it's easier to strike up conversation when I'm out for a smoke, but if that isn't how you roll I suggest going to a student bar, EMPHASIZE THE FACT THAT YOU"RE ENGLISH and strike up convo at the bar (easier to do with someone from a group of guys and girls) (my mate went to the US and basically used his accent to pick up girls. It actually works).
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    Oh sorry read your posts more carefully. We're more of "heyy check this **** out!!!" rather than going there for the nightlife. Clubbing + bar hopping won't really be top priority for us since it's seriously expensive, so we're sacrificing that to be able to get to more cities. So after NY, not so much.

    I've got another suggestion for you: Melbourne, Australia. I'll ask my friends what the clubbing scene is there, but bear in mind it's winter there in July but on the plus side it's a student town and uni will still be in session.
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    (Original post by newlife)
    So my dads clocked up alot of air miles and essentially has a free ticket to wherever I want to go as a result.

    I jumped to the chance to take it, and want to go somewhere with great night life, bars but also being different to London at the same time. I want to socialise with different people etc, and this seems like the perfect chance to go.

    The only problem is, my mates are either not 21 or lumbered with summer internships in July (which is the only time I'm free).

    But I really am pretty keen on the whole seeing a new environment, new people, getting hammered in a club I havent been to a gazillion times for once, etc. Since I'm young, and I'l hopefully have internships in the next summers, I kinda feel this is the only chance so its almost as though I have no choice but to go alone.

    Is it odd for a 21 year old guy to go abroad alone? Feels a bit loserish but that's the predicament I'm in

    Also, which destinations are best to go for? I am pretty keen on America, so if anyone has any ideas of where's best there, or even anywhere else. The travel is pretty much free for me so it would be stupid not to take advantage of this in the summer.
    You just described Australia in my opinion. And when you go to Australia you go to Sydney. It's like a British foundation, with beaches, clubs and bars from the waist up, a healthy dollop of Americanism and, especially in Sydney, a zesty sprinkling of Asia (Sydney is definitely the Asianest city outside of Asia I think, even San Francisco included). The poster above mentioned Melbourne but it's way too similar to Europe and a bit boring for under-40s. Hope that helps
    PS: Melbourne is not a uni town, no more than say London is.
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    (Original post by Amirahaha)
    The trip kind of came out of a conversation that went sort of like this:

    Me: Well, tickets to Australia is 1000 pounds a pop. Guess we'll have to give the kangaroos a miss.
    Him: Damnit. I want to go somewhere though in the summer.
    Me: I've got mates in New York and Oregon.

    We've only really started planning nowadays, but it's shaping up to be a sort of crazy ass erratic journey cross the states. We're thinking of NYC--bus--Washington DC--bus--Destroit--plane--Las Vegas--bus--Sedona--dunno--Grand Canyon--dunno--Death Valley--dunno--Yosemite--dunno--San Francisco--bike--LA.

    This is all tentative and in July (about 10 days NYC-Detroit and 20 days on the west coast) and it's a mix of crashing on couches, possibly hostels, sights, backpacking and generally being really really cheap (sorry I'm the moneyminder, and I've been freaking out about this and it's showing).

    Nightlife is a bit of an issue. A good night out's great, but I'm wondering how me being 19 will mess things up once we're out of NYC (my friend is in uni there). Plus, Las Vegas and LA.

    If you're thinking of getting people to party with you, that shouldn't be a problem if you stay at hostels. You can always join in a bunch of people if you hang around there early evenings, just so you know. It's a bit intimidating, but suck it up and don't look desperate (eg hanging around doing nothing at the hall). Since I'm a smoker, it's easier to strike up conversation when I'm out for a smoke, but if that isn't how you roll I suggest going to a student bar, EMPHASIZE THE FACT THAT YOU"RE ENGLISH and strike up convo at the bar (easier to do with someone from a group of guys and girls) (my mate went to the US and basically used his accent to pick up girls. It actually works).

    Sounds freggin awesome. Amirahaha and StormStryke u guys have me excited a bit too early lol. Yeah I'm up for seeing states but I think personally I'd more more on the bar scene purely because I'm tired of always going to the same old UK clubs.

    Having said that, it would be awesome to check different stuff out too. How much is your trip going to work out to be?

    I'l probably do NYC and that side, don't know if I'l have the funds to cover the other side. Your mates are in Uni at which state? and does that mean there you'l be in on the bars etc or wont be?
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    (Original post by Amirahaha)
    Hey I'm going to the US in the summer too! High five! o/

    Me and a mate of mine are going to stay in NYC for a week then make our way to San Francisco in a zigzaggy sort of way. He's 22 and I'm 19 so I'm going to wear about three bras to make my way through the door.

    You're welcome to join us, but keep in mind we're trying to take in all the sights of America without a car (insurance is expensive for under 25s) and not very much money, in case that doesn't go so well with you. Or we can just hang out if our plans line up. The invitation's open.
    how much is this going to cost you?
    sorry i am a super search in order to not go home to england for the summer (currently in paris)
    but none of my friends can travel this summer,
    er thanks
    weird i know
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    (Original post by Amirahaha)
    Hey I'm going to the US in the summer too! High five! o/

    Me and a mate of mine are going to stay in NYC for a week then make our way to San Francisco in a zigzaggy sort of way. He's 22 and I'm 19 so I'm going to wear about three bras to make my way through the door.

    You're welcome to join us, but keep in mind we're trying to take in all the sights of America without a car (insurance is expensive for under 25s) and not very much money, in case that doesn't go so well with you. Or we can just hang out if our plans line up. The invitation's open.
    so yeah i am currently super searching for some people to travel with this summer as i do NOT want to go home to england (currently in paris)
    any idea how much this is going to cost you?
    er thanks
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    (Original post by silverstar1)
    so yeah i am currently super searching for some people to travel with this summer as i do NOT want to go home to england (currently in paris)
    any idea how much this is going to cost you?
    er thanks

    I guess that makes 3 already possibly going to States for the summer lol!
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    I'm looking at doing a pretty similar thing, just looking around at the mo but I'm thinking of spending maybe a month on the West coast, maybe even just in California - the state is bigger than the UK so I reckon to properly take in the place I might not move around so much. I'm thinking LA, San Fransisco and the Bay Area, Big Sur, Yosemite. I imagine I'll make it as far out as Vegas too, the place looks too mad to miss, and I'm considering doing Burning Man festival at the end. Any other recommendations are welcome!

    I'm gonna be travelling alone for the first time, gonna be a bit scary but reckon it should be great as long as it's easy enough to find good people at the hostels etc.
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    (Original post by newlife)
    So my dads clocked up alot of air miles and essentially has a free ticket to wherever I want to go as a result.

    I jumped to the chance to take it, and want to go somewhere with great night life, bars but also being different to London at the same time. I want to socialise with different people etc, and this seems like the perfect chance to go.

    The only problem is, my mates are either not 21 or lumbered with summer internships in July (which is the only time I'm free).

    But I really am pretty keen on the whole seeing a new environment, new people, getting hammered in a club I havent been to a gazillion times for once, etc. Since I'm young, and I'l hopefully have internships in the next summers, I kinda feel this is the only chance so its almost as though I have no choice but to go alone.

    Is it odd for a 21 year old guy to go abroad alone? Feels a bit loserish but that's the predicament I'm in

    Also, which destinations are best to go for? I am pretty keen on America, so if anyone has any ideas of where's best there, or even anywhere else. The travel is pretty much free for me so it would be stupid not to take advantage of this in the summer.
    My first trip alone was a bit intimidating at first, but then I met SO many others travelling that I was never alone unless I wanted to be!! Go for it!! You'll have a blast!! I highly recommend going to San Francisco - I stayed at the Green Tortoise Hostel there and they have a free guided "pub-crawl" where they take you to area bars. I then went on a trip with the Green Tortoise Bus company and travelled across America - I ended in Boston then got to New York with some mates I met on the bus. I had a brilliant time there!!

    I took the Tortoise bus back to the west coast and ended my trip in Los Angeles - got a ride to San Diego and am now in Mexico with the mates I met on my trip west!

    You wont regret it - it's been the best adventure I've ever had!!

    Oh - here's a link: www.greentortoise.com

    Have fun!
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    (Original post by newlife)
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    hey guys sorry for the late reply, but here goes:

    describing my trip would be

    >LON--flight--NYC. 3 Nights.
    >NYC--overnight bus--DC. Day trip.
    >DC--overnight bus--Detroit. 1 night stay
    >Destroit--redeye flight--Flagstaff, Arizona.
    >Flagstaff --coach-- Grand Canyon. 3 nights camping/hiking.
    >Grand Canyon--coach--Flagstaff--coach--Las Vegas. 2 Nights in Vegas
    >Las Vegas--coach--Merced--shuttle--Yosemite. 3 nights camping/hiking.
    >Yosemite--shuttle--Merced--bus--San Francisco. 7 nights
    >San Francisco--bike--Los Angeles. Scenic route of the east coast highways. Will take about 3/4 days, sleeping at motels.
    >Los Angeles. 6 Nights.
    >Los Angeles--flight--London.

    Note that I'm calculating for two, so somethings might have been averaged out, but my figures are just under 2,000 pounds per person to make the trip. This includes most of everything, including regional as well as interstate transport, food costs, accomodation, flight tickets (both domestic and international), admission costs, entrance fees (they're serious about camping permits in national parks).

    Bear in mind that because we're not joining a tour and rather do our own thing, it probably upped our costs. And since I'm not using a British passport, I had to add on visa costs too. So this is a rough estimate for you to compare with if you're planning a similar trip.

    Oh, and newlife, don't depend on me for your travel plans. My funds are ****** since I got screwed over and I'm about 500 quid short, so basically I have to postpone my plans to the US unless I kill someone and raid their bank account by tomorrow.
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    LOL fair play. Thats a good plan u have sorted out, hope it works out for ya. I'l try and mould together a plan of my own, but will only do one side. Therefore its either nyc/dc side or vegas/grand canyon side.
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    oh are u not going now?
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    (Original post by silverstar1)
    oh are u not going now?
    Nope. Not the US at least. What pissed me off the most is the fact that I used up precious procrastination hours making plans and doodling on Google Earth. Hows ur plans looking up?
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    (Original post by newlife)
    LOL fair play. Thats a good plan u have sorted out, hope it works out for ya. I'l try and mould together a plan of my own, but will only do one side. Therefore its either nyc/dc side or vegas/grand canyon side.
    ...Or Australia?
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    Or Australia yep, wouldn't rule that one out either! Lets see 8-| Although I have NO idea where to start planning if Im heading there alone. All I know is I can go for about 10 days and hence only cover one or two states. And my aim is to hit bars/clubs as well as a bit of sight seeing. NYC seems like the best place for it, but still feel odd going alone, I mean the bar thing, not exactly the sight seeing thing
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    I went travelling last summer (though not on my own) and Australia is amazing and very friendly so you'd be fine on your own, Melbourne and Cairns were my favourite places.
    But if you only have 10 days maybe the states would be better. I'd recommend LA - Las Vegas - San Francisco, as there are plenty of bars and also loads of things to see!
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    same here guys! I want to spend a week somewhere but none of my friends are available or can afford it.
    I'm looking to travel in June as in July I'm starting my year placement.
    Possible destinations:
    Ibiza
    New York
    Miami
    Majorca
    Orlando
    Paris

    budget: 1/1.5k .

    Is it that sad going on holiday by myself?
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    ive met a lot of people from different countries in various hostels doing it alone. said its much better, you dictate where you want to go, when, and what you are going to do without someone lugging around moaning.

    im doing it after summer, probably november, when everything is cheaper.
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    yeah Everything sounds very exciting but intimidating too.
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    (Original post by Mrxela)
    same here guys! I want to spend a week somewhere but none of my friends are available or can afford it.
    I'm looking to travel in June as in July I'm starting my year placement.
    Possible destinations:
    Ibiza
    New York
    Miami
    Majorca
    Orlando
    Paris

    budget: 1/1.5k .

    Is it that sad going on holiday by myself?
    Traveling alone is fantastic - you can do what you want when you want it, and you're bound to meet other travelers in hostels if you want company.

    However I think it would be a bit sad to go somewhere like Ibiza or Majorca alone - I think you'd quickly become very aware that you're by yourself.
 
 
 
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