My name is Anton, I'm 21 years old, I live in The Netherlands Europe and my daily occupation is Electrical Service Engineer.
A few days ago I was talking with a friend about how much I needed a vacation. And he felt exactly the same way, so we started brainstorming, it went a little like this:
We could go on wintersport next winter "Hell no! I'm not getting on skies"
What about Spain? "Nah, I've seen Barcelona already"
Italy maybe? "Pff"
[me joking] Well, we can always go to the USA [friend not joking] "Damn... Of course! That's it!"
West or East? "West Coast for life B!@#"
We both had the desire to see the USA for our selves since we were kids, but never had the opportunity or the money. Now that we're grown ups (at least that's what I like to think) we do. So we sat together today and made a basic plan:
Start: From Amsterdam to San Francisco
Accommodations: San Francisco -> Los Angeles -> Las Vegas
Parks to visit: Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Death Valley
Budget: ± €3000 / $3350 Each, Total
Duration: ± 20 days
Period: Somewhere between the 1st of August and 30th of September
Transportation: Rental car
The first step has been made, but now the harder part starts. The actual planning. And this is where the trouble starts...
There are so many airlines and travel agencies, I can't seem to find solid travel plans or deals fitting our plan nor budget. So I hoped you guys could help me out.
How can I save money on: Flight, accommodations and rental car.
For example: Should I combine the bookings, keep them separate, or not book at all?
Every piece of advice is welcome, Thanks ahead!