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Old 12-27-2009, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Southeast Arizona
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I'm a bit of a Civil War buff and am wondering on what hotels (that are cheap) for an 18 year old traveling alone and in proximity to places like Vicksburg and Natchez, MS and maybe even having the possiblity of having a rental car to take into nearby parts of the state. This trip will (God willing) happen in the second week of July 2010. I have a little over a thousand dollars on me for the trip and there is a 75% possiblity that my parents will not support it, and I'm not used to traveling out of state.

Is this trip saveable or a no-go?

Or would this be better as a road trip?
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Old 12-28-2009, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Southeast Arizona
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Seriously I need help with this, I really want to go, but it is hard enough to have everything stacked against you from the begining. Is there some way I can do this cheeply?
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Old 12-28-2009, 10:23 PM
 
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I'm a bit of a Civil War buff and am wondering on what hotels (that are cheap) for an 18 year old traveling alone and in proximity to places like Vicksburg and Natchez, MS and maybe even having the possiblity of having a rental car to take into nearby parts of the state. This trip will (God willing) happen in the second week of July 2010. I have a little over a thousand dollars on me for the trip and there is a 75% possiblity that my parents will not support it, and I'm not used to traveling out of state.

Is this trip saveable or a no-go?

Or would this be better as a road trip?
Have you tried contacting any re-enacting groups? They could probably give you some contacts. See if there are any battles that they are likely to restage in the time frame you're interested in. They love recruiting new people.

If you're not against camping, you may be able to stay a bit more cheaply. Also, the casinos in both cities may be hurting for guests in this economy and they may have discounted rooms available.
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Old 12-29-2009, 04:25 PM
 
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Obviously since you're 18, you can do what you'd like, regardless of your parents' wishes. Having said that, why not give them a little presentation of what you'd like to do and see what they have to say? You may be pleasantly surprised at their support, or they may offer up valid reasons as to why they'd prefer you not take the trip at this time.

One practical point: you'll have somewhat of a difficult time finding car rental agencies and hotels that rent to 18 year olds. Sure, you may be much more responsible than the average 18 year old (and I'd be willing to guess that you probably are), but they have no way of knowing that.

Another thought, what about asking your parents to go along with you? If they're anything like most parents, they'd jump at the opportunity for one last trip with the kiddo before college comes along. For sure, if my child asked for one last trip before college, you can bet I'd be in on it, and I'd pay for it too. It might not be your ideal scenario, but it might still snag you that trip.

Good luck with whatever you decide.
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Old 12-30-2009, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Brookfield, Illinois
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I think you can definitely do it, especially since travel deals are so good right now because of the slow economy. Flights and hotels are going cheap. But I'm not sure how you'll arrange your transportation if it isn't a road trip. Were you thinking of going Greyhound? Can you find a car rental for an 18-year old? You can try looking at photos of these historic sites on Flickr, too, and asking those folks how they traveled to them.
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Old 12-31-2009, 01:36 PM
 
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rental cars are harder to find when under 25 - i know I rented one from enterprise once, but had to pay an additional $25 a day on an already thick rate as I really wasn't able to shop it

some smaller, independent rental agencies can be a little more lax

how long are you wanting this trip to be? how much of that $1000 do you plan on spending to get from AZ to MS? How do you plan on getting there?

What kind of accomodations are you looking for?
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Old 12-31-2009, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Southeast Arizona
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rental cars are harder to find when under 25 - i know I rented one from enterprise once, but had to pay an additional $25 a day on an already thick rate as I really wasn't able to shop it

some smaller, independent rental agencies can be a little more lax

how long are you wanting this trip to be? how much of that $1000 do you plan on spending to get from AZ to MS? How do you plan on getting there?

What kind of accomodations are you looking for?
Sorry that I haven't been keeping tabs (renovating a trailer right now) but I have reached compromise with my parents and they will ante up about $1500 for the trip, I feel fairly certain that it is going to be flying there (it could change). And the trip could last 4-6 days.
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Old 12-31-2009, 03:34 PM
 
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that should be very doable then

If you have AAA it could be worth giving them a visit as they are great at helping travel plan.

I think your main obstacle will be renting a car - but you should be able to find a way. Also look into bus service between cities to see if there is a benefit there.

The above idea about reenactments is great. Also don't be afraid to reach out to any historical societies, civil war groups, etc and see if there is anything special going on that shouldn't be missed around that time. The people who work at such places usually have a passion for the topic and tend to be quite helpful and friendly to those who share the same interest.

Don't discount staying in smaller town, bed & breakfasts, camping, etc to save on lodging. Sites like trip advisor are great in that they can help find lodging, food choices, attraction reviews, etc.

I would also take some of that budget and allocate it for an emergency fund. And then with the remaining craft a budget of approximate expenses, leave a little cushion, and let that help be a guide.
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Old 01-01-2010, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Southeast Arizona
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that should be very doable then

If you have AAA it could be worth giving them a visit as they are great at helping travel plan.

I think your main obstacle will be renting a car - but you should be able to find a way. Also look into bus service between cities to see if there is a benefit there.

The above idea about reenactments is great. Also don't be afraid to reach out to any historical societies, civil war groups, etc and see if there is anything special going on that shouldn't be missed around that time. The people who work at such places usually have a passion for the topic and tend to be quite helpful and friendly to those who share the same interest.

Don't discount staying in smaller town, bed & breakfasts, camping, etc to save on lodging. Sites like trip advisor are great in that they can help find lodging, food choices, attraction reviews, etc.

I would also take some of that budget and allocate it for an emergency fund. And then with the remaining craft a budget of approximate expenses, leave a little cushion, and let that help be a guide.
I didn't even think about bed and breakfasts', I've been looking at Mississippi's tourism site and it seems that there is no re-enactments in July (maybe some SCV or SUV members could shed some light because I looked at a couple of re-enactment sites and it seemed that they mostly happen at Gettysburg at that period in July). And now I'm thinking it may have to be June, but maybe not, I'll see.
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