Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Sod New York, it's Albuquerque for me...

Those planning a trip to the US should take note that, despite a very favourable exchange rate and volumes of cheap online travel deals, travelling in the US can still prove quite expensive.

According to a new survey by the Automobile Association of America (AAA), which monitors travel trends in the US, the combined costs of hotels and restaurants is up by nearly 4% year-on-year.

The most expensive destination for holidaymakers is Hawaii, where the daily cost of food and hotels for a family of four will average £326 per day.

Washington, DC is a close rival at £306 per day.

New York City, not surprisingly, will set you back about an equal amount, as will Brits' all-time favorite US city, Miami Beach (gag!).

If you're set on going to America this year, but are working within a budget, then the best option is to go west young man (or woman).

For about £100 per day you can travel to Iowa and look at cornfields or biofuels or whatever it is they have there.

OR.....you can hang out in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where you can get a decent hotel and food for the bargain basement price of £82 per day.

And just in case you get bored with Indian reservations (which abound in New Mexico), you can always use some of the money you saved on a hotel to drive to Las Vegas...a mere 500 miles away.

(Sorry, the AAA survey didn't list the average cost for Vegas. )

Tricia Holly Davis, chief writer, Travolution

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1 comment:

joe said...

Why gag at miami Beach, i know it can be pretentious and sometimes the bums are really drunk (from the Heat) but its great here and epoque hotels can get you rooms for under $200 US, and you are right about new mexico, i lived there as well its one of the greatest states, but indians are not the only thing there. Santa Fe, need i say more, best sunsets in the world, not called "The Land of Enchantment" for nothing plus major nature reserves... so forget vegas!!