is travel in north america anything like travel in UK? Is this a good gap semester trip?
I was planning a gap semester backpacking trip to North America, crossing the Atlantic from Southhampton on the Queen Mary 2. Arriving in new york seeing a broadway show, times square and central park and the world trade center.
I would then travel between cities mostly by train, take a few caribbbbean cruises out of miami, go on a missisippi river steamboat cruise, and use inter city buses when no trains or boats were available,
I would plan on visiting these cities
Asheville (ride train to summit of Clingmans Dome)
(travel by ship in canadian arctic)
(continue on cunard royal mail ships)
(ride train to Fairbanks and back to anchorage)
Alaskan Cruise South to Seattle
There are trains from seattle to
Salt Lake City
Denver (ride train to top of flatirons mountains)
(bus to Las Vegas back to LA , find bus from vegas to grand canyon)
Train to San Diego
Train to San Antonio, Austin, And Houston (see alamo, and cowboy)
Train to Atlanta, GA (see coca cola factory and tap dancer)
Train back to New York
Sail on Queen Mary 2 back to Southhampton
I hope to see live jazz in New Orleans
I hope to see West Coast Swing Dancing in LA
I Hope to see live blues in St Louis,
I hope to find steel drums in Nassau
If I can find a cruise with key west as a port of call I hope to see a Jimmy Buffet Concert in Key west.
I hope to see the charleston in charleston
I hope to see polar bears in the arctic
I hope to see gold prospectors in Nome
I hope to see the chihily collections and poets in coffee shops in seattle
- boy boyLv 71 month ago
either your dads a millionaire or you one big dreamer
- BigJuicyButtLv 41 month ago
Sounds awesome, my "gap year" right out of college was working on a cruise ship. I went to 35 countries and it was awesome. Highly recommended your travel plans.
I hope your family is rich and is funding this cause what you're talking about costs a lot.
- RichardLv 62 months ago
Do you have a year? That's how long this trip will take.
- FoofaLv 72 months ago
The UK in general has much better transportation options (partly because it is of course so much smaller than North America). The good news is that food and accommodation is a lot cheaper here than in the UK.
What you propose is pretty ambitious. But as the US and Canada are separate nations and each will grant you 90 days of tourism you might able to take it all in in that amount of time.
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- CharlesLv 52 months ago
North America is a lot bigger.
- RichardLv 72 months ago
You would need at least $100,000 and a year to do all of that.
- MSLv 72 months ago
That's not a realistic itinerary for a semester-long trip. It would be exceptionally expensive, and I'm not sure what you would even see or do in some of those cities you've listed. Train travel is not nearly as efficient in North America as it is in Europe. There may be trains available between certain cities, but it may involve changing trains multiple times, and the trains may only run through certain areas once a week or even less. It's not like you can just hop on a train any day and go wherever you like. Train tickets in the US can be just as expensive, or more, than plane tickets.
- megalomaniacLv 72 months ago
Not really. It's not nearly as efficient to travel by train. Some cities have decent "tubes" but travelling inter-city by train is inconvenient and expensive. Cars or buses are the way to go. Renting a car is the most convenient but can get expensive. Bus travel is cheaper but not as pleasant or as flexible. Hitch-hiking is possible but not always advisable. It's not always safe.
P.S. - That's a pretty stunning itinerary. That's covering a LOT of ground. I hope you realize just how big North America is.