We are 2 guys from UK, both aged 19, looking to spend 2 months (more or less) in USA this summer. The main aim of the holiday is to relax on the beach, learn to surf, socialize and party. We also want to get in some sites etc... obviously depending on where we go.
I guess the first thing to address is our age. Although we are both 19, we both would like to be able to drink in America. We both look older than we are, have realistic fake id's and have no problems getting into 21+ clubs in UK, but is this more of an issue in the US? Also... what are the laws on getting caught with a fake id. It would be aweful to ruin our trip due to that.
That aside, our main question was wondering where to go. I know most of the guys on this forum know exactly where they are going and ask for advice but we genuinely dont know. We were originally set on travelling west coast (mainly california), but have come to realise that florida (particularly Miami) might be a better option for the kind of holiday we are looking for. What are the pros/cons of each and are there other places we shoudl be considering?
Another big issue for us is travel. Being 19 makes it hard (but not impossible) to rent a car in the USA. I've looked into it and found we can rent one but a) it will be pretty expensive and b) we have to obtain our own liability insurance in the US. I have no idea how to go about obtaining such insurance... can any1 guide me?
People mention the idea of buying a car and selling it on. Considering we'll be there for 2 months, this seems a very attractive solution. Particularly if we can buy an old RV and cut accomodation costs. I gather the distances in the US are just so vast compared to anything in england and the public transport is next to useless. Given this, is it still possible to get around and move from place to place, assuming we dont mind travelling in discomfort.
Accomodation wouldnt be an issue if we had an RV (or would it?) but we'd still have to pay for camp site places etc...
Our other alternative is to stay in hostels. Something we quite enjoy due to the student-like atmosphere and sociality of it all! Are hostels seen as a cheap but suitable place to stay in USA, like they are in europe?
It begins to sound like we are on a tight budget, i know. But our budget isnt particularly limited. Any feedback would be great, based on any of the points i raised. If you think we're nutty and should be doing something else, say so!