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    • lulu984
    • By lulu984 6th Apr 18, 6:41 PM
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    USA Road trip HELP! Nashville to Texas?!
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    USA Road trip HELP! Nashville to Texas?! 6th Apr 18 at 6:41 PM
    Hi,
    I am trying to book a surprise holiday and I am sooooo lost and confused (it doesn't take much!)

    I just want the best price for flights, accommodation and car hire. I defo want to include Nashville and Texas for two weeks.

    I don't mind want else I can fit in in between times. I've been given a quote for a package deal - but want to see if I can find it for a better price.

    I'm looking to go towards the end of the year, but no set dates. Quite flexible.

    Where do I start?! Any tips?
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    • ruffwood
    • By ruffwood 6th Apr 18, 7:08 PM
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    There will be some big distances involved if just driving but if you note Nashville then perhaps you are a music fan and so Austin Tx could be a joint destination. Others probably know their way around flights more than I do but a return flight to either might be cheaper then spend a few days in one have a single flight one way to the other then drive back taking in Dallas and Memphis. BA now fly direct to both and if flexible not as expensive as you might think whilst in the Lo cost model investigate Norwegian. Southwest fly between the 2 for about $175 taking 2 hours non stop if you book in advance
    • blindman
    • By blindman 6th Apr 18, 8:27 PM
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    • 6th Apr 18, 8:27 PM
    Hi,
    I am trying to book a surprise holiday and I am sooooo lost and confused (it doesn't take much!)

    I just want the best price for flights, accommodation and car hire. I defo want to include Nashville and Texas for two weeks.

    I don't mind want else I can fit in in between times. I've been given a quote for a package deal - but want to see if I can find it for a better price.

    I'm looking to go towards the end of the year, but no set dates. Quite flexible.

    Where do I start?! Any tips?
    Originally posted by lulu984
    Give us a laugh then-what was the package deal price?

    Details
    Where can you fly from?
    When do you expec to go-Sept\Oct\Nov

    BIG distance between Nashville and "Texas"
    Hire car for a road trip would incur one way fees
    Also would eat into the two weeks, however depends what you want.

    OW fee may be worth the joy of the road trip

    One option would be to
    Fly into (say) Nashville-drive around there if needed.

    Internal flight\train\coach to "Texas"
    Drive around there.
    Go home.

    More details needed really.
    Last edited by blindman; 06-04-2018 at 8:31 PM.
    • mgdavid
    • By mgdavid 6th Apr 18, 8:31 PM
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    There will be some big distances involved if just driving but if you note Nashville then perhaps you are a music fan and so Austin Tx could be a joint destination. ............
    Originally posted by ruffwood
    Nashville to Austin is only a couple of days' drive, can be compared to Lands End to John O'Groats except on straight roads and without the traffic! If the interest and theme is music you can do so much more.
    Start with this thread and pick up on the relevant sections that you will have time for in your 2 weeks i.e. skip the west coast end part.
    https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g1-i12567-k10406578-Music_road_trip_across_the_USA_June_July_2017-Road_Trips.html
    The questions that get the best answers are the questions that give most detail....
    • blindman
    • By blindman 6th Apr 18, 9:25 PM
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    Nashville to Austin is only a couple of days' drive, can be compared to Lands End to John O'Groats except on straight roads and without the traffic! If the interest and theme is music you can do so much more.
    Start with this thread and pick up on the relevant sections that you will have time for in your 2 weeks i.e. skip the west coast end part.
    https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g1-i12567-k10406578-Music_road_trip_across_the_USA_June_July_2017-Road_Trips.html
    Originally posted by mgdavid
    900 miles

    I'm used to driving 500 miles in a day when needed on USA road trips, so yes it could be done in 2 days.

    OP needs to price up a OW drop off fee for the car (look around as they can vary a lot).

    Not a huge USA music fan but have been to Memphis and New Orleans.
    Both unmissable IMHO.

    Tripadvisor link looks good.

    Open jaw flight definitelty the way to go here.
    Last edited by blindman; 06-04-2018 at 9:29 PM.
    • lulu984
    • By lulu984 6th Apr 18, 10:33 PM
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    Give us a laugh then-what was the package deal price?

    Details
    Where can you fly from?
    When do you expec to go-Sept\Oct\Nov

    BIG distance between Nashville and "Texas"
    Hire car for a road trip would incur one way fees
    Also would eat into the two weeks, however depends what you want.

    OW fee may be worth the joy of the road trip

    One option would be to
    Fly into (say) Nashville-drive around there if needed.

    Internal flight\train\coach to "Texas"
    Drive around there.
    Go home.

    More details needed really.
    Originally posted by blindman
    The price I was quoted for 14 nights in Sept, two adults, flights, accommodation, internal flights and car hire was 3800. Which I think is a really good price!?

    I can fly from anywhere in London, towards the end of the year so Sept, Oct or Nov.

    No particular place in Texas, but I would love to see the music side of Nashville however the whole trip in not music themed.

    Any ideas of where to start regarding flights and all the additional extras I might not think of with a road trip.

    • NoodleDoodleMan
    • By NoodleDoodleMan 7th Apr 18, 9:08 AM
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    Watch your dates for Nashville - CMA Awards time is in October and prices will reflect that, and accommodation will be hard to find if not already booked.

    Two days driving to Texas doesn't sound appealing to me though.
    • markandkate
    • By markandkate 7th Apr 18, 9:39 AM
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    I always use Kayak to book flights. You can often get connecting flights via your nearest airport so you don't have to go to Heathrow or Gatwick. You can also fly into one airport and fly out of another and look for a one way rental or even an overnight train via Amtrak if that works with you destinations.
    • mgdavid
    • By mgdavid 7th Apr 18, 3:44 PM
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    In to Nashville, home from Austin, 13 days touring by car.
    Memphis, Jackson, New Orleans, Houston, Austin - pick your own interests and route.
    Flights and car c. 2k, allow $100/night for accom so 2900 - leaves you 900 for fuel and meals, should beat your agents quote.

    Always book flights direct with the airline.
    The questions that get the best answers are the questions that give most detail....
    • cubegame
    • By cubegame 8th Apr 18, 9:20 AM
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    As US road trips go this route would be fairly dull. It all depends where you're heading in Texas but the landscape west of Nashville is very uninspiring.

    As a veteran of many road trips we "did" just West Texas as a separate two week trip.
    • PeacefulWaters
    • By PeacefulWaters 8th Apr 18, 10:42 AM
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    As US road trips go this route would be fairly dull. It all depends where you're heading in Texas but the landscape west of Nashville is very uninspiring.

    As a veteran of many road trips we "did" just West Texas as a separate two week trip.
    Originally posted by cubegame
    I must confess, I was thinking much the same.
    • stevenhp1987
    • By stevenhp1987 8th Apr 18, 3:05 PM
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    I just came back from a Road Trip this week that was similar.

    Flew from Manchester to Houston (Singapore airlines keep doing deals!). Slept in Beaumont on night one. Over the course of 2 weeks did the cities in this order: New Orleans -> Dallas/Fort Worth -> Austin -> San Antonio -> Houston.

    We de-scoped Nashville due to the long drive!

    If you want to fly into Nashville and back from "Texas" (Houston or Austin I guess?) then you'd need to factor in very expensive one way car rental charges.

    The roads between cities were very uneventful, especially the long drive between New Orleans and Dallas - I cannot imagine the route from Nashville to Dallas being any better.

    The price I was quoted for 14 nights in Sept, two adults, flights, accommodation, internal flights and car hire was 3800. Which I think is a really good price!?
    Originally posted by lulu984
    If you do it yourself, (I've never used a package operator) it will always come out cheaper!

    Our road trip cost us around 1.5k for 2 people covering flights, hotels, car hire etc. We then spent just under 1k between us on food, drinks, attraction admissions, shopping and gas.

    3.8k is very expensive and you still need to eat/drink etc.

    What are you looking to see in Texas exactly? What it is you will be sightseeing will greatly adjust your route and options available to you.

    Texas itself is basically a large country in size. We really wanted to see Big Bend national park, but due to the drive (~9 hours one way!) it was not feasible and certainly wouldn't be feasible if you started in Nashville!!!

    Therefore you need to think what it is you want to see and check if it's even feasible within 2 weeks. You don't want to spend the whole 2 weeks driving instead of actually seeing/doing things.
    Last edited by stevenhp1987; 08-04-2018 at 3:15 PM. Reason: pricing
    • lulu984
    • By lulu984 8th Apr 18, 3:57 PM
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    Change of plan now guys - we're not doing Texas. Doesn't seem worth the extra drive/hassle for what we'd get out of it. Defo want to stick with Nashville, I am now thinking of Kentucky, New Orleans, Atlanta & Memphis.

    I have been pricing it up separately and it seems to be coming out so expensive.
    How did you manage to do it so cheap? The car rental and accommodation and flights Ive found individually is coming out at more than the package price.
    Did you book your accommodation before you went, or wait until you were there?

    Where do I start in planning it all and finding good prices? I'm worried about all the extra costs, taxes and insurance etc

    TIA
    Last edited by lulu984; 08-04-2018 at 3:57 PM. Reason: Extra questions
    • blindman
    • By blindman 8th Apr 18, 4:07 PM
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    Change of plan now guys - we're not doing Texas. Doesn't seem worth the extra drive/hassle for what we'd get out of it. Defo want to stick with Nashville, I am now thinking of Kentucky, New Orleans, Atlanta & Memphis.



    Where do I start in planning it all and finding good prices? I'm worried about all the extra costs, taxes and insurance etc

    TIA
    Originally posted by lulu984
    Give Atlanta miss IMHO as you only have two weeks and it's just a big city.

    Accomodation booked as you go if out of season, which you should be late Sept\Oct.

    Kayak for flights, look for nearby airports

    Car hire
    Look ou for one way drop off feees they can be horrendous.
    • PeacefulWaters
    • By PeacefulWaters 8th Apr 18, 5:19 PM
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    I'd be tempted to take an internal flight from Nashville to Vegas/Phoenix/San Francisco and start the driving holiday there.
    • blindman
    • By blindman 8th Apr 18, 6:08 PM
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    I'd be tempted to take an internal flight from Nashville to Vegas/Phoenix/San Francisco and start the driving holiday there.
    Originally posted by PeacefulWaters
    That's a whole new ball game and needs more than two weeks.

    OP needs to list what they want out of this trip as USA is a huge place and you cannot do it in two weeks.

    One of our trips was to Fly into New Orleans then a return trip up the river road to Memphis.

    Pleasant.
    Last edited by blindman; 08-04-2018 at 6:29 PM.
    • mgdavid
    • By mgdavid 8th Apr 18, 11:34 PM
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    ........
    I have been pricing it up separately and it seems to be coming out so expensive.
    How did you manage to do it so cheap? .......
    Originally posted by lulu984
    The costs I put in post #9 were straight from skyscanner.
    The questions that get the best answers are the questions that give most detail....
    • stevenhp1987
    • By stevenhp1987 9th Apr 18, 9:22 AM
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    I have been pricing it up separately and it seems to be coming out so expensive.
    How did you manage to do it so cheap? The car rental and accommodation and flights Ive found individually is coming out at more than the package price.
    Originally posted by lulu984
    Use price comparison sites and be flexible on your dates, e.g. it could be half the price to fly out the proceeding day as an example.

    I use SkyScanner and Momondo for flights (other comparisons such as Kayak exist). Google the name of the travel agent before booking tickets. I've used these travel agents to book tickets multiple times!

    These have tools to search for flexible dates.

    I then search for hotels using Trivago and where possible book via hotels.com to get reward nights!

    Depending on the date of travel, you could leave hotel booking to Black Friday... I booked almost all my hotels for my recent trip on Black Friday last year. Not all were on deals, but maybe a third were! My best being a 4* suite for $49.99pn for 3 nights in Dallas (Wyndham Dallas suites park central)

    What airport are you looking to fly from? You may need to be flexible with the rise of "low-cost" long haul airlines.

    My recent trip I drove 4 hours from Southampton to Manchester to catch a flight!

    When we plan a road trip in the USA, we take inspiration from tripadvisor or road trip companies before planning our itinerary.

    e.g. http://www.theamericanroadtripcompany.co.uk/roadtrips/classic-deep-south/ - For a "deep south" trip like this, I would take inspiration from something like that, see what cities and attractions they see, then book it all myself!
    • cubegame
    • By cubegame 9th Apr 18, 11:22 AM
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    For your new plans I'd be tempted to fly direct to Atlanta or Charlotte and do a circular Road trip taking in the Blue Ridge Parkway and Carolina coasts.

    Then do Nashville as a spur trip by flying.

    Do-able in two weeks.
    • John259
    • By John259 9th Apr 18, 2:02 PM
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    taking in the Blue Ridge Parkway
    Originally posted by cubegame
    Yes! That's a fabulous drive with lots of scenery and interesting places to stop.

    You might also include the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is at the southern end of the Parkway.
    "Such an enormous country, you realize when you cross it" - Jack Kerouac
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