THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO?
What comes to mind when you think of Texas? Cowboys, right-wing, religion? Well Austin is not Texas! This hipster cool city is packed with street art, shopping, streams, and sunshine.
- Here are the top 10 things not be missed in Austin (OK there is one cowboy!)
Austin is the official host of the buzzing music and tech festival, South By Southwest where music acts play for badge holders in the evening but cheapos like us during the day!
We fell in love with Austin, so much so we returned the following year and got hitched at Lou Neff Point by Ladybird Lake. It was a secret elopement but here’s a sneak peak into how we rocked our wedding (not a white dress in sight…)
I’ve visited New Orleans twice and I am keen to go back. I adore losing three days of my life to this Louisiana city. Partying by night, well by day too, at the classy French Quarter and infamous Bourbon Street. Like jazz and good food? NOLA is for you.
Particularly lush in autumn/fall, this area of the States includes Burlington, Providence, Portland, or Boston) making it a dream road trip for history and nature buffs.
- Act now! Read your new favourite guide to New England
Orlando is not just for kids, and although getting there can be quite pricey we’re going to show you how to
- Ride Orlando on a budget (+ time saving tips)
Orlando is not just about Disney and Universal: space geeks unite – Kennedy Space Center
Beers, bikes, and bridges – Portland is happening now. This cute Oregon city is full of vintage wooden houses and original signs as well as home to so many craft beer breweries and food carts. Portlanders are also very proud about the nature close to the city.
- Find out why Portland is happening now
- Stay in a time capsule – hotel review of the boutique, chic The Society Hotel
Seattle is a city where the mountains sit proud in the backdrop and one activity is top of the agenda: food. A visit to Seattle definitely involved eating your way around Pike Place Market then chilling out at an overnight spa.
HOW MUCH DOES THE U.S.A COST?
For daily breakdowns for each American city see this post
United States dollar is used in the U.S.A – click here for the best rates. There are ATMs everywhere, credit cards are widely accepted, in fact using cash is less of the norm. Tipping is essential, 15-20% for good service.
Pacific Northwest (Seattle + Vancouver) budget
Portland, Orlando + Nicaragua budget
Austin – NYC stopover + Hungary budget
ESSENTIAL U.S.A TRAVEL ADVICE
Most nationalities have to apply for a visa waiver programme before they fly to the States.
Accommodation in the U.S.A is expensive and naturally the quality varies from city to town. For example, a dorm bed in Seattle, which is usually your cheapest option for one starts at £25 / $30 and hotels start at around $60 – 70 / £48 – 57. There are over 1000 Airbnb properties in Seattle which average at £91 but are available for as low as £50 for an entire home. New to Airbnb? We’ve used it all over the world. Sign up using our referral code for a discounted rate (handy for these extortionate prices) and we’ll get credit too. Cheers!
America’s public system varies between states. The low – cost buses between Seattle and Portland are efficient and sometimes have Wi-Fi. The States are not known for their rail systems cross country but they do have lots of budget airlines such as Spirit, Jet Blue, and my favourite, Southwest Airlines as the pilot sang to us!
U.S.A TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY
Austin + Celebs
PNW rules! Portland and Seattle are so photogenic
New Orleans and Austin – first snaps of our career break to travel the Americas
Why I adore the United States of America, you might not agree!
When cheap flights don’t work out cheap
Proof of onward travel – Spirit Airlines