Transport - Car or Amtrak?
Ramen Noodles are light and cheap. VBG
Good restaurants run 15 to 20 dollars a plate
if you go to a cheap restaurant, it can cost less.
Fast food? 5-7 dollars a meal, with everything, less if you go to MacDonalds and order two dollar menu items and drink only water.
If you want to fill up your stomach for a little more, there are Chinese type buffets all over. You pays your 9 dollars and gets all the food you can stuff into your mouth. I actually ate at a good Indian buffet in center city recently.
Alcohol: up to 2 dollars for a beer, and I've paid 3.50 for a foriegn beer in a bar. YOu can get a budweiser on tap for a buck at happy hour.
Mixed drinks: They're budget busters all over the world, including the USA, from 3.50 on up per drink.
If you're over 21, you can buy alcohol at State Stores and liquor stores. They do check ID, so bring yours at all times.
Tipping: In the USA, waiters and waitresses LIVE on tips. Some only make 2 dollars an hour. The standard rule is 15% for good service. I always remember the following rule when deciding how much to give.
TIPS=To Insure Proper Service.
If I get lousy service, I give less. If I get great service, I give more.
Be careful for restaurants that add a tip automatically.
also, if/when you come to colorado, id love to show some of the more unknown parts of it. im interested more in the outdoors than the city, so if you are the other way, some of my best friends can probably give some great suggestions on night life too (personally, i only like drum and bass shows, and im poor, so no clubs/bars for me, haha)
Here is my suggestion for your trip.
Rent car and drive
LA - San Diego - LA - Las Vegas - LA - Santa Barbara - San Francisco - LA
Follow EppyBoys plan for the rest of the trip LA - Seattle - Colorado - New Orleans - Miami - Virginia - Boston - NY - Chicago - LA
In case you did not know this New Orleans is a walk everywhere place generally speaking so this is a good thing for you. Chicago has fantastic public transportation. Virginia transportation is iffy depending on where you plan to go.
Feel free to send me a private message on any of the places I have mentioned here and I can give you more info. Also I will be in Miami in about 2 months and will be able to give you more insight on that city as well.
Not sure if you are interested in this as this is not as much budget travelling but it is a fun option for relaxing and taking a break from the hostel/backpacking travels.
There are a variety of 1-3 day cruises from Miami and Norfolk (Virginia) both that are fairly inexpensive if booked ahead of time and if there are 2 people (not sure if you are traveling alone). The 1-2 night cruises are generally no-port cruises and the 3 night cruises from Miami usually port 1 of the days in Nassau, Bahamas. Although generally a budget traveler I am addicted to cruising so if you want someone to tag along to bring the price down let me know!
Okay so this is the first post I have made in a long time and it seems I can't stop talking so there you have it.
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