Road trip USA for Aussie noob
April 17, 2009 6:09 PM Subscribe
International Travel novice: What do I need to know that I don't know that I don't know?
posted by b33j to Travel & Transportation (28 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm Australian (from warm Queensland), meeting a friend from the Netherlands in the USA (Florida) in February 2010 for a two month road trip that will go through Canada (via Texas, California, Washington and many other places - itinerary mostly not set in stone yet) with the aim to concentrate on mutual internet friends, natural beauty and historical places. Tourist attractions (like Disneyland), not so much.
I know that I need airline tickets (but when do I book?) and a passport (what about visas?). What else do I need to know? Tips on packing (buy my winter stuff there?), on flight luggage, changing currency, paying for things over there (travellers cheques? Will my debit card work? What about my Mastercard? Will I have to pay fees for exchange of currency?). How much will it cost? How much would you set aside per day for living expenses if you were doing it cheap? What about powering my battery charger for my camera - should I be the converter here or there? Storage for my photos?
What should I have asked in this question that I didn't think to ask? Books and websites much appreciated as well as personal anecdotes.