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Roadtrip USA; what you won’t account for when planning

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I love America and have visited the continent on numerous occasions, but recently I undertook one large road trip across the states. As a UK citizen I found it difficult to gage the expenditure and budget for ‘cost of living’ against the activities I wanted to experience. I thought it useful to outline to travellers how much of the budget I actually blew on my road trip and the best ways to save when travelling the states.

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In most countries, particularly Asia, it’s far cheaper to ‘wing it’ shall we say and book your accommodation as you arrive, this is not the case in America. Planning is everything when it comes to travelling America. Work out your route, and opt to spend more days in the cheaper areas, also consider weekends, it’s cheaper to stay out of the large conventional cities such as LA, San Francisco & New York on weekends.

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Do your research, travelling by car appears expensive on the surface, but split it 4 ways and this makes getting about a less costly experience. Gas in the states costs nothing compared to Petrol in the UK so don’t just assume that a budget trip can’t include a car. A secondary advantage of having a car is you are able to sleep in it, or get to the more rural areas to camp, this will bring the cost of your trip down whilst being a fun alternative to another night in the Hotel.

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Tips, I wrote an article on tips that you should check out before travelling. A minimum of 15% is compulsory and is not considered a generous tip, you should budget to leave 18-20% for all sit down meals, take this into account before you opt to eat in the establishment.

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Wifi is available in mass across America, from bars and restaurants to historical establishments. Make sure you request the wifi password and Skype/Facetime home for free, far cheaper than purchasing an unnecessary and costly Sim Card.

The total budget for my trip was £2,000 (including flights from the UK), my total expenditure was around £2,400. It’s important you take into account all additional costs before you budget for the states! But always remember, you’ll make back your money when travelling Asia a less costly part of the world.

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xx

Roadtrip USA: 5 great traveller tattoo’s to get in Miami Ink, South Beach

It’s becoming somewhat of a trend for travellers and backpackers to get tattoos whilst mid trip, these tattoos act as a lasting reminder of their world adventures and their constant wanderlust.

If your travelling America and considering an ink, why not take a trip to the infamous Miami Ink located on Washington Avenue, South Beach.

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I was lucky enough to visit the Miami Ink store on my recent trip to America, but wasn’t quiet brave enough to stomach the pain (I’m such a disappointment I know), but hopefully I was get a second chance this year.

So here I share with you, my top 5 picks for traveller tattoos. I hope this inspires you to just go for it.

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credit: lwils0n

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Roadtrip USA: Miami for first timers!

Miami, identified as Sin City of the East Coast, can be quiet a challenging city if you’re a ‘Miami  virgin’. A single walk down Ocean’s (Ocean Dr) will confirm all ‘front of house’ restaurants touting for your business to such an extent you may even question if you’ve been transported to Turkey. But no fear, once you happily decline the advances of the touts you can successfully enjoy the finer treats the city has to offer!

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Shopping:

Miami shopping comes second only to NYC. Moving back a couple of block from Ocean’s opens out Lincoln & Collins Avenue. Here you’ll find almost any designer store you are searching for to the quaint vintage boutiques! My personal favourite stops are Victoria Secrets, where you can pick up some great Miami merchandise from PJ tops to Totes. Urban Outfitters, a great little stop for any knick-knack’s to take home for your friends! And Dash, the famous Kardashian boutique where you can get that compulsory Instagram snap! Although shopping in Miami is fun you really do need some disposable cash to hand.

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