I'm a keen tourist. I love the outdoors, the countryside and the super nature. I also realize that I am not a “spring chicken” – I am starting my fifties.
What really inspires me is when I read about kids who have just left high school but are planning to bring a backpack to America. I guess it's a time in their life where they discover what they want to do with their life. I think it's great.
However, there are two problems that every backpack that goes through America seems to have. The first is money and the second is where to go. Browsing the Internet I've been looking for answers to these questions and I hope this helps.
When you're making a backpack in America, you're probably on a budget. That's why you have to stay in cheap accommodation. Hostels are most likely and are plentiful and varied. So it is not difficult to find one that can cater to your needs at a fraction of the cost of a hotel. The other option is a tree under the stars, which is completely free (but first check the safety risks).
Buses are good for traveling between places. The Greyhound in particular is a good point for getting prices, especially booking 2 weeks in advance. You can find really cheap vehicles, for example you can travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco by bus to Chinatown.
So, what do you want to see when you make a backpack in America? Here are some suggestions:
1. Traveling west is good. This is a popular backpack on this side of the country. For example, start in Vancouver and take a bus to San Francisco, then through Yosemite National Park. Take a bus to Los Angeles, then through the red cliffs of the desert and to the Grand Canyon. Don't beware of Las Vegas unless you want to lose your money. In my opinion, Las Vegas is a place to spend money and not a place for a budget backpack in America.
2. The other option I have seen is Florida. South Beach in Miami is a great place and you can meet some famous people. It's great in the Gulf of Tampa and Orlando when you're backpacking in America.
3. Another favorite is the South American backpack. Quito (the capital of the Equator) is a good starting point. From Quito you can walk the Gringo Trail (as the route through Central and South America is known). There are plenty of places to visit and plenty to see if you are strolling in the Patagonian desert to the south or the Caribbean beaches to the north.
So, wherever you go with a backpack, I take my hat off to young children who want to finish and find themselves. Have a nice trip, don't lose your shirt and go home safely when your backpack is in America.