How to Travel to USA on a Budget

According to data published in the Summary of International Travel to the United States report by the US Department of Commerce, ITA, National Travel and Tourism Office, almost 15 million non-US citizens visited America in the second quarter of 2017, including citizens of Mexico and Canada.

Although following the travel ban by the Trump administration, there has been a steep decline in the number of worldwide tourists and travelers looking to visit the United States, visiting America at least once in their lifetime is still a dream that many seek to fulfill all across the world, be it for further studies, a good job, a beach holiday or an outdoor adventure.

However, given the cost of food, accommodation, sightseeing, and transport, it could well prove to be an expensive dream. Fortunately, compared to the UK, the cost of living in America is lower, possibly making it the cheapest western country to travel in.

Travel to USA on a Budget

Although I completely agree with Suzy Strulner, who said, “Solo travel not only pushes you out of your comfort zone, it also pushes you out of the zone of other’s expectations,” you might agree that travelling all by yourself can be a daunting and expensive prospect. This is true for the US as well, a land that has so much to offer, including great landscapes, culture, lively cities like San Francisco and New York, breath-taking nature, such as Yellowstone National Park or the Niagara Falls and iconic landmarks like the Statue of Liberty.

Given that there is so much to do and see, and that America is a vast country, the first step to planning a trip here is to choose what all you want to do, based on your budget. Visit this link to find a lot of useful tips about traveling solo in the United States.

Coming back to the budget, according to a blog published by Finding the Universe, a private room in a budget hotel can cost you around $40-$80 per night for two people. You’ll need to pay $200 per week for a budget car. Sightseeing can cost you $10-$30 per person per day and eat at a fast-food restaurant can cost you $5-$10 per person per meal.

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US Tour Packages: A Much Better Option

Tour packages are a great option for those who are traveling solo for the first time and that too, in an unfamiliar country. When you are a part of a group, with other solo travelers, you can rest assured of your security. You never know, you might just end up with a lifelong friend on this trip.

If you are traveling to the US from India, the cost of a tour of 5 days and 4 nights, called “American Glimpse – East Coast – Summer 2018,” offered by Cox and Kings, will cost you around ₹1 lakh per person.

However, when you opt to book for a Bahamas cruise at, you can book a package for as little as ₹30,000, with an EMI option, while other USA tour packages will be available within a similar price range as that offered by Cox and Kings.

Well, these are the basic cost estimates. You can always compare various tour packages and find the best deals and offers for yourself.

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Mani Karthik

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Mani Karthik

Ex “NRI” and Founder of the “Back to India” movement. I share my experience about immigrating to USA here.

  1. very useful article for who looking to travel in budget keep up good work Mani Karthik

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