Often when we think about travelling we picture exotic destinations in Asia or the Middle East. But the United States is a wonderful place to travel- particularly if you’re travelling with kids or don’t feel like struggling with a language barrier.
While you’ll find that it won’t be as cheap as say, Southeast Asia or Central America, there are still big savings to be made- particularly if you’re not solely visiting big cities.
Here are a few of my favourite places to travel in the United States
Ok, New York is often on the pricier end of the spectrum, especially when it comes to accommodation. But there’s so much to do here, and so many sights to see that it’s well worth it. Explore the different burrows within New York, ride the subway like a local, and check online for the best cheap eats in the city. Remember, there are tons of cheap and free things to do in New York, including festivals, shows and concerts, so do some research before you arrive and you’ll be surprised at how little you end up spending.
It’s also a good idea to pre-book your airport transfers in New York, since these are likely to be more expensive on the ground and you’ll save tons of time if you can get straight to your hotel.
I know, I know, this is another big city. But while Chicago is certainly similar to New York, it’s a little cleaner around the edges, and the people have that friendly mid-west attitude and are always willing to help tourists.
This is a city that really shines in summer, since the winters are brutally cold and seem to last for half the year. But in summer you can take an architecture tour down the river and learn about the history of the city, wander through the zoo, and spend time at the lake before partying until dawn. Perfect.
Austin has recently become the place to be for digital nomads, tech startups and basically everyone else. While this has caused rents to rise, the fact is, the city is still a cool place to visit. If you’re looking for somewhere that’s a little “Texas” without being completely “Texas” (if you know what I mean), Austin is the place to go. This is a university town with plenty of fresh blood, and the food is out of this world. Head a few hours drive to Bandera if you get the chance, pull up at a local restaurant, but some cowboy souvenirs or consider going horseback riding on a local ranch.
San Diego has the perfect weather year-round, making it a great choice if you’re visiting the states in shoulder season or winter. Stay near one of the beaches or in downtown and be sure to head across the bridge to Coronado for amazing views, great ice cream and a fun place to wander.
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