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spending money

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spending money

hi

i wonder if anyone can help me. my boyfriend and i are travelling in the america next june. we are booking to go with virgin and starting in Los angeles, and going to San Diego, Scottsdale, grand canyon, bryce canyon, Lake Powell, Las Vegas, Yosemite, mammoth, San Fran, Pismo Beach and then back to LA. Then we are heading to New York for 3 nights. in total the holiday is planned to take 3 weeks. All accommodation and flights are paid for and 5 breakfast's are included. how much money would you budget for food for the both of us each day? And in total how much do you think we would need to take for tours and attraction enterance fees etc.

Any help or tips would be greatly appreciated.

thanks

laura

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1. Re: spending money

Would love to help, but need more information. What are your tastes for eating - do you tend towards the "fast food" options, or mid-price, with maybe a couple of really nice dinners along the way? If you were to stick strictly to fast food, you could probably get by, for 2 people, on $10 for breakfast, maybe $12-15 for lunch. The same meals in a nice coffee shop might cost you about $15 for breakfast, $20 for lunch. A mid-price chain restaurant such as Red Lobster, Macaroni Grill, Olive Garden, Outback, Black Angus) will probably cost somewhere around $35-50 for dinner for 2. Lots of smaller independent restaurants, including many Mexican or Asian places, might be less. Prices go up from there, depending on how upscale you want to go. It's very easy to spend $75-$100 for dinner in a nice restaurant, or more if you add appetizers, dessert, etc. Prices don't include alcoholic beverages and don't forget about tipping in the US - anywhere from 10-12% in a small coffee shop for a simple meal up to 15-20% in a nicer restaurant. Tips are generally not automatically added onto your check unless you have a large party. Prices will also vary quite a bit according to specific locations - mid-cities generally being the highest prices. Your best bet is to ask locals in each location you visit - they will usually be able to steer you to their favorites.

As for tours or attraction entry fees, that depends solely on where you want to go - they will vary hugely. If you give us a list, maybe someone could help, or just look them up on the internet - almost everyone posts their entry prices online.

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2. Re: spending money

Forgot to mention - no need to tip in a fast food restaurant!

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3. Re: spending money

Lots of the lower priced chains like Chili's and Fridays are offereing 2 for $20 deals for dinner. Of course they are hoping you buy several cocktails, but if you just stick with food and water or a soft drink it can be quite affordable. Also look for coupons in the giveaway newspapers like LA Weekly where you can get dinners for 2 at Black Angus for less than $40.00 for a couple.

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4. Re: spending money

For a road trip you also have to count for gas. If you are visiting more than 3 National Parks buy an America the Beautiful pass at $ 80,-- for car and passengers. Will save you money.

You are going on a long trip with just some 17 days in the West.

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