a road trip without any ability to drive
June 4, 2014 7:55 PM Subscribe
BeMyTravelAgentFilter: Help me figure out a way to make a trip from the Bay Area to New Orleans doable and affordable - when driving is not an option.
posted by divabat to Travel & Transportation (23 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm currently in the SF Bay Area (specifically Emeryville), am planning to head to Anaheim for Vidcon later this month, and was hoping to make a trip to New Orleans right after Vidcon to visit some friends. It sounds like the perfect roadtrip opportunity, except that I don't have a car and don't actually know how to drive. So this will all need to incorporate public transport.
I've been trying to plug in dates and numbers for flights, buses, trains, and so on - but am not sure how to optimize my trip. What I wish existed was something like Expedia that also took into account buses and trains, but maybe you all could give me some ideas.
I'm planning to arrive at Anaheim on the 25th of June and plan to leave on the 30th. I'd like to be in NOLA for about a week. If I went to New Orleans by bus or train I might consider stopping by at Reno and/or Tuscon - are they on the way, and is it cost-effective to get there?
I am accessible to SFO and OAK airports - does it make more sense financially and time-wise to fly to and from SNA (which I understand is the airport closest to Anaheim) or is LAX better? (If it helps, I'll be at the Anaheim Marriott.) Is there a different airport/station in Louisiana that's cheaper and yet still accessible to NOLA?
I haven't really set a budget yet, but about $600-$700 for the whole trip would be ideal (esp since I'm getting paid about that much soon anyway). I can get a pretty cheap bus from the Bay Area to LA, but that's as far as I got. I don't mind long trips, but would like to spend as much time in the actual cities as possible.
Any other options that I haven't thought about would be helpful too.