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    Most expensive states to travel in

    There are so many states in this country and cost of living varies from one to another. Which states would you say are comparatively cheaper to live in, or travel to? I thought Alaska, being so cold and frozen, would be one of them. But I was really surprised to find out that it is one of the most expensive places in US!

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    After living in Guam, we figured it would be so much cheaper coming back here to Washington State. Nope, the sales tax here is insane.

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    Alaska is crazy-expensive because everything has to be shipped in. The climate isn't suited to much local food production and the population isn't large enough to justify local manufacturing of most goods, so you're basically paying for the same things we buy in the lower 48 plus the cost of several thousand shipping miles to get them up there.

    Michigan is a fairly inexpensive state, both to live in and to travel to, and I may be biased but I think it is lovely. Outside of Chicago most of the midwest is pretty inexpensive to visit. I haven't seen a lot of difference in costs from state to state around the country, though - big cities are more expensive, rural areas and smaller towns are cheaper. Getting there is what makes the difference between a cheap trip and an expensive one within the continental US. The cost of a hotel in L.A. isn't significantly different from the cost of a hotel in Chicago or Washington D.C., but a $400 plane ticket instead of a 4 hour drive or $100 train ticket makes the west coast a much more expensive trip.

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    According to my cousin, who used to live in California, but is now living in Phoenix... California is quite expensive! The cheapest state so far has been Texas That's in my experience; I like shopping over there. I heard the cost of living in places like San Antonio is really low. I have a lot relatives there, I was actually born there, but I'm currently living outside of the States. I really recommend visiting cities like San Antonio, this city in particular has so much to offer; lots awesome festivals and cool celebrations.

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    I always heard you can get a great house for in Texas for the same amount you'd get a smaller house here.

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    I feel like the states 'in the middle' and small towns generally are least expensive. Big cities will be expensive no matter the state, and rural areas are much better, no matter the state. I've lived in both Annandale on Hudson and NYC. They are both in NY but the difference in prices is astronomical. In terms of states, Mississippi and Iowa and Indiana tend to be less expensive ones I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trellum View Post
    According to my cousin, who used to live in California, but is now living in Phoenix... California is quite expensive! The cheapest state so far has been Texas That's in my experience; I like shopping over there. I heard the cost of living in places like San Antonio is really low. I have a lot relatives there, I was actually born there, but I'm currently living outside of the States. I really recommend visiting cities like San Antonio, this city in particular has so much to offer; lots awesome festivals and cool celebrations.
    California really Is expensive! My brother just went to study there and it was quite a task trying to gather the cash for it. Thankfully he got a job in his university so that will kind of take care of his living expenses. I will have to rethink my plan and maybe strike California off my educational wishlist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tulosai View Post
    I feel like the states 'in the middle' and small towns generally are least expensive. Big cities will be expensive no matter the state, and rural areas are much better, no matter the state. I've lived in both Annandale on Hudson and NYC. They are both in NY but the difference in prices is astronomical. In terms of states, Mississippi and Iowa and Indiana tend to be less expensive ones I think.
    I've heard that Mississippi is comparatively cheaper than the rest, along with Texas and Indiana. Wish these places have good universities too. I will have to plan my future education based on cheaper living areas! Unfortunately US student visa does not allow off campus job which makes it really hard for overseas students to study there.

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    Re: Most expensive states to travel in

    Alaska and Hawaii are both quite expensive, for obvious reasons. Ditto for California. A lot of places down south seem to be fairly reasonable, but I've only traveled through.

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    Hawaii is for sure expensive. If we hadn't been stationed there and in military housing we'd not have survived.

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    Re: Most expensive states to travel in

    I found that California and New York are very expensive. I like Oregon as it has no sales tax. Washington State is very comparable to Canada.

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    I think California, New York and Illinois do have a higher taxes compare to other states. When I went to Oregon, it's tax free. I was so surprised of what I need to pay because I'm used to the high tax in chicago. I believe that it's less expensive to live in Indiana. The price of the house in Illinois is doubled compare to Indiana.

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    Re: Most expensive states to travel in

    for me Miami as been a very expensive state for me . I remember the last time I visited and just for food the prize was just crazy .

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    Re: Most expensive states to travel in

    For someone who lives in Wisconsin, I'd say it's pretty cheap here. If you don't mind to settle for a smaller town,you can get a house with as low as 75k dollars. We actually looked at one with two bedrooms ,no garage and has pretty nice livingroom. partial basement though. The tax was pretty low as well. less than 2k dollars per year. Even bigger town like La Crosse,you can find a house for about 100k dollars or less if you know where to look.

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    I've only been to a few, but I'd have to say Maine. I honestly thought New York was going to be the most expensive, but they were surprisingly cheap. Plus, there's so many bodagas everywhere that if one store is too expensive, you can just go right onto the next. I also loved that they had so many boutiques that were low in prices. Maine is so little though, so I've noticed some stuff is a bit pricier.

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    Re: Most expensive states to travel in

    Since I am in southern California, yes, gas, housing and food are expensive. If you can live on the outskirts of the big cities it is more reasonable in terms of housing but the rest remains the same. You can also get so much more elsewhere...a condo here can be a rambling ranch home in the midwest in terms of price.

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    I found NY to be very expensive but that could be because i was in the touristy areas. I'm not sure if this is common throughout the states but a hotdog from a street vendor cost me around $6

    I didn't even look in the restaurants and ended up living on kebabs and falafels for the time i was there. Supermarkets were pricey too except trader joe but the queue to the till was ridiculously long. They hired people to stand with a sign saying 'queue starts here'

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    West Virginia, at least parts of it, is very cheap. Parts of Ohio are also very cheap as well. I live in Virginia, and there are areas here that are cheaper, but other parts that are ridiculously high. The closer you get to DC, the worse it is. DC and up the coast can get pretty costly.

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    It depends on where in the city of the state will you plan to go. I would say New York is the most expensive state to travel. I remember I went to Manhattan 9 years ago, I spent about $5000 in 2 weeks.

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    California is definitely really expensive. My other guesses would be Florida and New York. More touristic states tend to be more expensive. Taxes in California are also pretty hard, so that helps with the extra expenses as well.

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    California is definitely expensive to live in, but you can do okay on traveling cheap if you do some research ahead of time.

    Tourism heavy areas are a double-edged, the tourist traps and cost of living are likely to be higher. But they're also likely to be cheaper to fly into, and have more food options if you explore a little wider.

    Take San Francisco, it's certainly not cheap to live in, but as a short term visitor you can spend a day traveling around on Muni ($2 a ride, with a 90 minute transfer), seeing a fair amount of landmarks and cool sights, and eating at taco joints or Chinese buffets for pretty reasonable prices. But yeah, the hotels are going to be more expensive, and so on. Same with Los Angeles or New York City.

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    I guess NY is an expensive state to travel into but worth it, Got to travel other places in Australia but had managed my budget anyway.

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    Re: Most expensive states to travel in

    California
    New Jersey
    Hawaii
    Alaska .... These are the expensive states according to me.

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    Re: Most expensive states to travel in

    Vegas, Hawaii are the one of the most expensive cities.

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    Re: Most expensive states to travel in

    Absolutely right Peter Henry! The Vegas and Hawaii are one of the most expensive cities in the world. I personally visit in Hawaii before my grand canyon tour from los angeles. It has various places to enjoy your tours. So I want to share some places for visiting in Hawaii.
    • The Sea life Park
    • Honolulu Zoo
    • Wet’ N Wild Hawaii
    • Manoa Water Falls
    • The Lanikai Beach
    • Bishop Museum

 

 
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