I am just about to book my flights to travel to America in September for 3 weeks, I will be travelling alone for the first time and I am a little nervous about this. I had originally planned to do a Trek America tour but I thought they where so expensive and I would rather plan my own! I worry a little about meeting people hopefully that won't be a problem as I'm staying mostly in Hostels again for the first time. I'm really just looking for any advice on travelling alone, eating out, meeting people etc, when i'm in New York I would want a night out and a few drinks. I'll put my rough itinerary below and if you could have a look, any suggestions to change it or better ways to travel/things to visit would be great !
5 nights in New York - staying at Hi Hostel (anyone stayed here?. apparently it's great for activities thought this would help in meeting fellow solo travelers)
Megabus - (can't believe how cheap it is) from New York to Washington DC
2 nights in DC again staying at Hi Hostel
Amtrak - from DC to Chicago
2 nights in Chicago again probably in Hi Hostel
Amtrak Californian Zephyr (always wanted to do this)
Stop of for 2 nights in Glenwood Springs, was planning on spending a bit extra here and booking a nice hotel just to relax for these 2 days in the middle of the trip.
Back on the Zephyr to San Francisco
5 nights in San Francisco again probably in Hi Hostel or USA International Hostel
then probably totally exhausted i'll be off home!
any help would be appreciated