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USA travel advice (winter)?

31 Jul 2012 eeemily678 asked

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I'm going on the Southern Adventure (start New Orleans) Contiki tour on the 20th of December. I've read through the huge "What do you wish you'd known?" travel advice forum, but I was hoping for more USA specific tips

any general advice for USA tours?
my tour is only for 13 days (but in winter) but is the contiki cough still a possibility? or does this mostly happen in europe?
how much should I budget per day?
what will the weather be like in the south in winter? recommended things to pack?

I'll be in Vancouver for about 4 months before my contiki on university exchange so I will have my laptop with me. What's the best thing to do with a laptop on tour? keeping it wrapped up tightly to protect it in the middle of my hard-shell suitcase? keeping it in a backpack with me on the bus? but then will it be safe to leave it on the bus and just take my handbag with me when we go sightseeing? I know a lot of people recommend not taking a laptop, but I don't have a choice, so any advice on that will be much appreciated!

Also, I'm only 19, so I won't be 21 for my tour, and we'll be spending new years eve in vegas. Anyone who has been on a USA contiki and been under 21 have some tips? I don't drink anyway, and I'm not huge on partying, but I'd still like to hang out with the tour group some nights. Do you ever go to clubs or bars that let in under 21's?

Thanks!

  • 31 Jul 2012 jarks said

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    A lot of cities actually have a climate panel on wiki stating their average highs, lows, rain and snowfall for each month. You might want to have a look at the cities you’ll be stopping in for an idea.

    For example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Orleans#Climate This shows that in December, New Orleans’ average high is 18.1°C, their average low is 7.6°C, they have 128.8mm of precipitation which occurs on average 9.4 days of December’s 31 days.

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