My American Dream: Planning my time in the states

My trip begins in New York New York. A place I have never been, which I think is a great way to start.

I have never even been to the US, so planning my time there has been both exciting and D.I.F.F.I.C.U.L.T. We are heading to NY, LA, Vegas and San Fran (as well as Toronto and Vancouver.. but Canada is for another time, as well as South and Central America).

The biggest issue with New York is fitting everything in within the 4 days we are there. There is so much to do and see, figuring out a plan has been quite the challenge, but I think we may be getting there. Finding somewhere to stay that is close enough to the action but still within our budget has been hard, for someone who has no idea where to go and where to avoid (any help would be great!).

After our adventures down in South and Central America, we are flying in LA from San Jose. Our initial plan was to travel via plane and hostels from LA – Vegas – San Fran – LA over around 2-3 weeks. BUT, as of late, we are thinking a campervan/road trip is going to be the better option both financially and for adventures sake.

We want to do all of the touristy bits in each place, as well as find off the beaten track fun stuff. When we are in Vegas we want to try get over to the Grand Canyon, and in LA, we want to go to Hollywood, Beverly Hills etc (bucket list kind of stuff, you know!)

America is our £££ part of the trip, so that is why we are doing it first, before we get to the chill beaches of south east Asia. Our mindset is that this is a once in a lifetime trip, one that we are not doing by halves. Money is Money at the end of the day, but we still have to keep an eye on our spends in the states, in order to ensure a good time afterwards.

I have had a few people say to me that LA is not all it has cracked up to be, and that I will be underwhelmed when I get there. This worries me, because I think I am most excited for LA, and do not want to be disappointed. A lot of people have also said this about Vegas, they say it is still amazing, but that I will be shocked by the reality of it – there is a lot of homelessness, even in the very touristy parts.

I’d say for all of the locations on our adventure, The USA has taken the most planning, the most money – 100%.

Any hints and tips would be a great help!

Thanks for reading!




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