Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. Default Year off to tour the states

    Hi, i just made this account to ask for some advice. I live in the uk and am planning a road trip round the 50 states of america during my gap year before i head to university and was just wondering if you guys could help me with some major points:

    - What kind of documentation would i need to apply for?
    - How much would it cost roughly, for a car to rent, petrol and places to sleep?
    - What is the best route to take, like east to west, or west to east?
    - What ae some of the lesser known sights i should see and places i should stay?

    Thanks for your help guys, i appreciate it.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Joplin MO
    Posts
    9,270

    Default

    Renting a car can be very expensive, if even possible. If you are under 25, there will be a hefty underage surcharge, and if you are under 21, I don't believe that you will even be able to rent one at all. If you can, the surcharge will be exorbitant. Buying and registering a car is even more difficult - you need a business or student visa and a verifiable US address, and insurance may be very difficult and expensive to obtain without a US driving record.

    Ballpark prices? $30 a day for car rental, under 25 surcharge another $30 a day, under 21 surcharge well over $50 a day. Insurance on a purchased car will probably be $2000 for 6 months with no US driving record. Petrol is relatively cheap - figure $3 a gallon, and most smaller cars should get at least 20 miles per gallon. Cheap hotel rooms will average $50 a night, higher in cities, hostels are a better bet where available. Camping could get that down to $20 a night. Allow $20 a day for food.

    I'm not trying to discourage you, but these are some issues you would have to deal with. You may have to do this by bus and train, and unfortunately they don't go to a lot of the more scenic destinations - they generally just go from city to city unless you sign up for formal tours.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    South of England.
    Posts
    10,747

    Default Research.

    Hello and welcome to the RTA forums !

    Well glc has given you a good indication to some costs and how expensive it can get if you are under 25 years of age. Also you might have a problem renting a car for that period of time, and changing vehicles would amount to a lot of one way drop off fees.

    Perhaps cutting your visit into 4 "chunks", exploring each area and flying to a new destination might work, while only renting a car when you want to escape the City life.
    What ever way you decide you will need "deep pockets", but Hostels and camping would be a big money saver over such a period of time.

    1] As well as your pass port you would need to apply for a Visa.

    2]See above.

    3] There is not necessarily a "best way around" but starting in the East would mean a cheaper flight to the US and I have heard that some people prefer East to West to see it unfold as the earliest settlers did. I would also consider things such as weather and if you want to see National parks such as Yellowstone in the North you would want to be there during the summer Month's.

    4] With so much time and the entire country a possibility you really have a blank canvas. With more than a million and one things to see and do you will have to do some research before we can make any meaningful suggestions. Get a good map of the USA and look for places that might appeal, then use the search button to navigate your way around the forums and road trip planning pages for thousands of ideas.

    When you have worked on your budget, where you want to go and new questions arise let us know, I'm sure we can be of some help.

    Enjoy the planning !

  4. Default

    From what youve said it sounds like it would be better to postpone my trip until after university and spend some time working in america to help with funding, my visa and getting a decent car.

    I really want to do this and i figure ill only have one chance so i want to get it right, still i can plan the trip out properly over the next few years, could hopefully find some people to go with me aswell for the company.

    Thanks for your help anyway, guess ill be back in 2-3 years to plan my trip properly.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    South of England.
    Posts
    10,747

    Default Plenty of time !

    Hi Scot,

    I really want to do this and i figure ill only have one chance so i want to get it right
    It's never easy finding a full year to go travelling, but you will get more than one chance to go explore the World if you want it bad enough, even if it's for weeks at a time. Most of us who have a passion for road trip's started out thinking big and then got hit with a reality check !

    Keep planning, keep dreaming but don't think by visiting for a year in one hit, it will be your only chance, there is a lifetime's [and plus some] of things to see and do in the States alone and life doesn't end at 22/25 years old.
    Sometimes it's best to focus on smaller trips that will eventually add up to that big adventure, TBH I would rather "dip my toes in the water" sooner in time given the chance and try a couple of less ambitious trips than "jumping in at the deep end" but having to wait an age. [I'm not very patient !]

    If you are not yet 21, then you would be better off saving, planning and waiting untill you are and then take a trip that suits your life and budget accordingly. You will still have issue with car rental charges but at least your prepared.

    Good luck !

  6. #6

    Default

    If you really want to travel for a year and don't want the 'hassle' of skipping from country to country for a year then I would highly recommend you consider Australia. It is far better geared up for someone in your situation. The whole infrastructure is geared up for camping and hosteling and there are numerous companies specialising in transporting travelers from town to town; beach to beach; national park to national park. It is also perfectly normal (and simple) to buy and insure a vehicle there (unlike the ridiculous US setup which only temps people to run a car illegally) and there's absolutely no problem getting a visa (particularly if you hold a British passport) unlike the States where, and I quote the woman at the embassy, "we don't just give out tourist visas! Why can't you enter using the Visa Waiver Program?" (like, duh!)

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Melbourne, Australia
    Posts
    6,936

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by UKCraig View Post
    ..... It is also perfectly normal (and simple) to buy and insure a vehicle there (unlike the ridiculous US setup which only tempts people to run a car illegally) and there's absolutely no problem getting a visa (particularly if you hold a British passport) unlike the States where, and I quote the woman at the embassy, "we don't just give out tourist visas! Why can't you enter using the Visa Waiver Program?" (like, duh!)
    Craig,

    You said it all, and said it so well!

    Yanks do not know of this discrimination. Because they are not discriminated against when they travel, they assume that it is the same when we go to yankee-land.

    Thanks, from Lifey

  8. Default

    Thanks craig ill have to look into australlia.

Similar Threads

  1. The Roadtrip: Part 2
    By Lucinda in forum Planning Summer RoadTrips
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 01-03-2010, 12:22 PM
  2. Roadtrip #5: Washington, D.C. and the New England states
    By Kinless in forum RoadTrip Field Reports
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: 10-29-2009, 03:10 AM
  3. Rocky Mountain Motorcyle Tour 2009
    By WinginIt in forum RoadTrip Field Reports
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-07-2009, 08:31 AM
  4. Mom & Boys: Highs & Lows
    By rennick in forum RoadTrip Field Reports
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 10-02-2007, 09:15 AM
  5. All 50 states, 1 year: how to fund & arrange such a trip?
    By littleblvd in forum Saving Money on Your Trip
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 01-26-2007, 07:14 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
  • Find the Perfect Hotel
    Search RoadTrip Motels
    Enter city name

    Loading...



  • MORE STORIES