How to travel across the USA on budget?

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A trip across the US is at the top of almost every traveller’s bucket list. However, such a journey, although rewarding, can be a real challenge for your budget. Here are some tips on how to get the best of the experience and lower the costs.

Getting around

Getting from one point to another can seriously harm your travelling budget in such large country. Fortunately, there are some ways to lower the expenses. The most popular and the fastest one is the airplane travel. Multi stop flight booking is something you should consider a few weeks before you start your adventure.

Another cheap way to move around is by bus. Watching the country through a bus window is a nice alternative, but it’s best when travelling to places not too far from each other. Keep in mind that cross-country travel could take up to a few days. Whichever way of travelling you choose, remember to avoid hitchhiking. It is hugely unsafe and in some states – even illegal.


As there aren’t many youth hostels in the US, you will most likely spend your nights at motels, which are relatively cheap. The best solution for those who travel on budget is, however, staying at the campsite and there are many of those all over the country. You can also lower the accommodation costs by travelling at night. This may not seem too comfortable, but it will help you save a lot of money. If you’re planning a visit to big US cities in the summer, check the universities’ offer. They usually rent dormitory rooms for extremely low prices.

Cheap activities

Depending on where you want to go and what you want to see, there are some ways to lower the expenses of many activities. If you’re a fan of nature and plan on hiking through many of US national parks, get a national park pass. You only pay for it once and use it across the country. Those who prefer staying in the city can lower the costs by using a city tourism card or take advantage of free events and exhibitions. You only need to check what’s available in your chosen destination at the time of your visit.

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