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Question by Rhonda: How much would it cost to travel to America for 3 months?
This would include flights, insurance, meals, a place for rent, travel expenses and supplies. I would get a job of course and plan to stay in New York & Seattle. PLEASE HELP!
I’m travelling from Australia.
I’m travelling from Australia.

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Answer by NOLA guy
When you travel and what you do matter a lot in terms of cost.

Use travel sites like Expedia & Orbitz to price airfare and hotels. Every attraction/event/activity will have information online that will let you estimate costs.

Hostels in the USA are not as common or usually as good as in Europe but they do exist. This is an example (not in NY or Seattle):


Consider joining SERVAS, which will give you vetted local contacts in many places. You can also save money by staying with hosts:

Budget $ 50 per day per person for meals and minor incidental expenses.

You cannot legally work in the USA a a tourist.


Citizens of about 35 countries can travel to the USA for up to 90 days at a time as a tourist or for some business purposes by registering for ESTA > before < their trip begins. The cost is US$ 14, which is similar to the fee for the Australian ETA program. Registering is accomplished online, you don't need the details of your trip, and the confirmation is valid for multiple trips to the USA over two (2) years so don't wait until the last minute. Print the confirmation - or at least record the number - and keep the information with your passport. Having a return or onward ticket leaving North America is a requirement, so have a copy of your airline itinerary at passport control. Check with your health insurance to find out if it covers you in the USA. If yes then take proof of coverage with you. If no or not sure then get trip medical insurance, which is cheap and sold by airlines & travel agents. The USA has wonderful medical care but it isn't free or even cheap. Please do not skimp on this as an otherwise-silly accident could turn into a crisis if you don't have medical insurance. This is a link from the US government, but the info is good for anyone raveling outside their home country: If you are planning a long visit then DON'T schedule your departure day for the 90th day (any part of a day in the USA counts as a whole day, so if you arrive at 23:59h on the 1st and leave at 00:01h on the 10th it is 10 days in the USA). Schedule your departure not later than the 88th day as there are no (zero) provisions in the Visa Waiver Program for someone to voluntarily extend their stay. If you miss your flight due to something Immigration might consider avoidable (ex. flat tire on the way to the airport) they may ban you from using the VWP in the future.

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One thought on “How much would it cost to travel to America for 3 months?

  1. Spike says:

    Hi there, no one can say how much cost to travel to America. Of course it will depends on your needs and your wants. If your are staying in US and get a job there then you should get a working visa so that the immigration will not question your stay.

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