A guide on how to make the most of two weeks in America without breaking the bank!
Good morning Backpackers!!
It has been a while since my last post I know, but I’m finally back now with more incredible adventures. In fact, today I want to talk about my last trip which took place in the United States and Canada!!
As always, I will show you how I personally organised this trip step by step, and I of course, will provide you all the information and links you might need to organise a great trip for yourselves.
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“Find the perfect Flight”
Nearly a year ago I decided to organise two weeks travelling around the United States. I’ve never been to America before so initially the idea was to fly from London to L.A, enjoy the amazing weather in California and then go visit San Francisco for five days and then enjoy the last few days in the always dreamt of New York. When I decided to book my tickets, after a few days of research the cost of those flights went drastically high.
Thanks to Skyscanner, I managed to organise a different round trip to America. I found a direct flight with Norwegian Airline from London (GTW) to New York (JFK) for only £185 with luggage included.
After I booked the first ticket, I started looking for some other destinations and with just £85 I managed to find a direct flight from New York (EWR) to Toronto (YTZ), Canada. The cost of that flight was really convenient and I’ve never been to Canada before so why not add another pin to my travel map. I’ve also heard a lot of stories about how beautiful Canada is, so I had no excuses.
For my final destination I was thinking about maybe go somewhere hot, And for hot I meant Florida!! Because September is the lowest season there, finding some very cheap flights was pretty easy. With Air Canada, I spent only £132 to fly from Toronto to Orlando (MCO). I also booked my return ticket to go back to London (LHR) from Orlando that day, and it cost me £185 included my luggage with Thomas Cook airlines.
SOMETHING REALLY IMPORTANT TO KNOW IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO VISIT BOTH AMERICA AND CANADA IS THAT YOU NEED TWO DIFFERENT VISAS.
If you are travelling to America for the first time you should to apply for your ESTA which is the Electronic System for Travel Authorization that you have to apply online. You should at least apply 3 days before your departure. The application form is very simple to complete and it cost only $14 per person. Click here if you want to apply for your ESTA now.
Instead, if you are travelling to Canada you need the eTA. The Canadian Visa It cost 7$ and it works the same as ESTA. You should apply at least 3 days before your departure and it lasts for 3 years. Click here if you want to apply for your eTa.
Probably for some of you, finding the right place to stay can be the easiest part of organising a trip but for some others I know it can be a nightmare. Bear in mind that it all depends on WHEN we decided to travel (in this case which season), with WHO we are going to share our experience with and the most important thing is HOW much we want to invest in our accommodations.
When I started looking for my accommodation I was expecting to find crazy prices online. Travelling only with a friend, a double bedroom not too far away from the main attractions was what we were looking for. Using booking.com I found the perfect places for us.
“Where I recommend”
Hotel 373 fifth avenue met all our expectations. Staff were very friendly and polite and our room very clean and spacious. What I loved the most about this hotel was the location, we were 5 mins walking distance from the Empire State Building and we managed to walk almost everywhere without even using the MetroCard that much. For our stay, we spent £373.55 each for 5 nights Tax incl.
For our stay in Toronto always using booking.com I found an amazing offer with the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel. I know this is way far from Backpacking but once in life I really wanted to try something different. We spent £200 each for 3 nights in a master room.
About Orlando, we had the opportunity to stay at the amazing Oak Plantation Resort for free. I truly recommend you this place especially if you’re travelling in a group because the rooms are huge and the swimming pool area is fantastic. I Checked anyway how much our accommodation would cost for the same days and it was $235 before tax for 4 nights each.
I LEAVE YOU NOW TO HAVE FUN ORGANISING YOUR “AMERICAN TRIP”, AND I WILL RETURN SHORTLY WITH A FULL POST DEDICATED TO NEW YORK TO BE FOLLOWED BY TORONTO, AND THEN ORLANDO. Enjoy Backpackers!!