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Trip Report "Scruffy Young Man" has left the building!

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This thread is begun at the request of some who were following my son's plans to enter Great Britain for a brief stay but without a continuing ticket on the first international leg of a planned trip around the world. He has now launched on his trip, and I'll be writing up what I can as it progresses, given that I'm getting the story secondhand.

This story begins in the San Francisco Bay Area.

This is the part where he travels cross-country to New York, where he has friends to stay with, before flying off to London.

To set the stage:

My one and only son Greg, age 21, is a very outgoing, personable young man who buys all his clothes at the thrift store, has grown some really mediocre dreadlocks, and has a short, scruffy beard (hence the "Scruffy Young Man"). He has been dreaming of a half-a-shoestring trip around the world for years. He's not thinking as high-class as hosteling; he's planning on couch-surfing his way around the world. There is a website for this! There are loads of people even in Africa, India and Nepal who are willing to put people up for free!

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