I am an avid hiker. I love nature, scenery and the super landscape. I also understand I'm not "spring chicken" – towards my fifties.
What really bothers me is when I read about kids who barely left high school but are planning on a backpack for America. I guess it's a time in their lives where they find out what they want to do with their lives. I think it's great.
However, there are two issues that every backpacker who travels across America experiences. The first is money and the second is where to go. While browsing the internet, I looked for answers to these issues, and I hope this helps.
When you're a backpacker in America, you're probably over budget. Therefore you should stay in cheap accommodation. Hostels are the most affordable and plentiful and varied. That's why it's not hard to find one that meets your needs, in a fraction of the cost of the hotel. The second option is a tree under the stars which is completely free (however, check safety risks first).
Good buses for travel between locations. The Greyhound in particular is a good point to get prices especially when booking two weeks in advance. You can find really cheap rides, for example, you can travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco via a Chinatown bus.
So what do you want to see when you're backpacking in America? Here are some suggestions:
1. The West Trip is good. It's a popular backpacker on this side of the country. For example, start in Vancouver and get off a bus to San Francisco and then through Yosemite National Park. Take a bus down to Los Angeles and then through the Red Desert rocks and up the Grand Canyon. Stay away from Las Vegas unless you want to lose your money. To me, Las Vegas is a place to waste cash and not a place for a budget backpack in America.
2. The other option I've seen is Florida. South Beach in Miami is a great place and you can meet some famous people. It's great in Tampa Bay and Orlando, too, when you're backpacking in America.
3. The other favorite is backpacking in South America. A good starting point is Quito (Equator Capital). From Quito, you can drive on the gringo (as it is known in Central South America). There are plenty of places to visit and plenty to see if you are hiking in the Patagonian Desert in the south or the Caribbean beaches in the north.
So wherever you go back to the backpack backpack I take off the hat for the young kids who want to let go and find out. Have a great trip, don't lose your shirt and come home safely when you're backpacking in America.