This engineering student travelled all across the United States within $500

Who does not want to have a fulfilling vacation in the United States? Any travel enthusiast would love to travel across the country . The US has a great power to attract tourists from around the world. Every year, millions of visitors from different parts of the world come here to explore its natural attractions, culture, fun activities, and to have a wonderful and amazing holiday. And they cough up thousands of dollars to have a gala time. However, there are several people who would love to visit this beautiful country, but cannot afford a cross-country trip.

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But now you can travel to some of the most beautiful parts of the United States within $ 500. Derek Law, a 24 year old engineering student found a new way to travel from one shore to the other shore of America within $ 500. Derek wanted to explore the US and he did it all by travelling 3,397 miles for just $459.

Continue reading to know how he made this amazing journey possible.

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1 The obsessed traveler

24-year-old, Derek Low is an engineering student in San Francisco. He is obsessed with traveling and has explored more than 50 countries. After several trips, this travel enthusiast wanted to see the United States in minimum price and he did so within $500. The most surprising thing about his trip is that he discovered some of the most beautiful parts of the United States by covering a distance of 3,397 miles within $ 500.

The obsessed traveler

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2 Great value for money

Unlike other travelers who prefer a car for traveling, Derek selected the train journey for traveling across the United States. Derek chose the San Francisco to New York route by taking a 15 day Amtrak rail pass. He broke his journey into four segments. First one being a stretch between San Francisco and Salt Lake City, then from Salt Lake City to Denver, he then stopped in Chicago after Denver and lastly, he traveled to New York from Chicago in order to explore the most amazing parts of the country. Whilst in Chicago, he did discover charter bus companies in Chicago and nearly switched over to their services for the last leg of the journey. Although the train was amazing, it was getting cramped and needed a change of scenery. However, he stuck with his original plan and continued the journey via train.

In fact the train ride from San Francisco to New York can be completed in just $213 without any stops, but as Low was on a vacation, he preferred to stop at some places.

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Great value for money

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3 The picturesque train journey

The picturesque train journey

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The rail network in the United States is excellent and this route of Amtrak takes you through really amazing places. During the train trip from San Francisco to New York, one can get an opportunity to explore stunning attractions right from fabulous coastal views, to the snowy land, from dense forests to hilly areas. What is more enjoyable than exploring such stunning locations from the window of a train? Nothing, I suppose and as Low said , travelling the US coast-to-coast by train is one of the greatest travel experiences and he also considered it to be the world’s best travel bargain. This travel junkie totally enjoyed his journey in which he travelled in the train for about 71 hours.

The picturesque train journey

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4 Best places along the route

Best places along the route

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The journey started from San Francisco, where the train passed the waters, soon the fog of the Bay Area covered the view, but as soon as the fog subsided, Low was greeted with dense forests. The environment further changed when the train reached Nevada, where much of the views were of a desert landscape . Although he loved most of the parts but the stretch between Colorado and Utah was just spectacular. The best part of this journey through the train was the sightseer car, which has glass windows and chairs facing the walls of the train. This arrangement makes it possible for travellers to catch a glimpse of the most amazing places coming in the route.

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Best places along the route

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5 A great travelling experience

Low wrote in his personal blog that the trip to the United States by train is completely comfortable and relaxing.

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A great travelling experience

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The seats of the train are quite comfortable for sleeping and sitting. The cuisines offered in train are also good and he enjoyed his food. Also, he was able to do some of his work on the train because of the comfortable atmosphere. What else does one need? Well, the experience of travelling the US coast to coast in a train seemed to be a memorable one for Low. He said this experience rewards you with far more stories and sights than are possible through a car ride, in which eyes have to be fixed on road. According to him, it is also better than a five hour flight across the country, as this journey offers a glimpse into the true soul of America.

A great travelling experience

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He now is one happy traveler, having seen more of United States of America than most Americans and that too within $500.

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