This is a US-based site, but there are plenty of viewers from all over the world here. Many of you will be looking to visit the US at some point in your lifetimes, so here are some pointers to make things just a little easier for you!
Find A Great Deal
Travelling to the US isn’t cheap, and finding a great deal is often the difference between going and not going! You will find them from time to time on popular travel websites, but you’ve got to be willing to compromise on some aspect. If you are hoping to go during the busiest times of the year, you will be paying a lot of money. Otherwise, look for holidays shortly before the winter months like October and November to find a potentially great deal.
Apply For An ESTA
If you’re going to be visiting the US for under 90 days, you’re almost certainly going to need to apply for an ESTA. This stands for Electronic System for Travel Authorization, and it’s an extra measure of security that you cannot bypass. Luckily, it’s something that can be done online very quickly, but be aware that it’ll cost you. Once you’ve applied for it, however, it’ll last for two years.
Convert Your Cash
Before you jet off on a plane, you’ll want to convert that cash of yours to dollars. It is easy to convert money at many local establishments, so find the best rates and put aside a good amount of spending money. Think about all the extra considerations like tips (which is expected everywhere), airport prices and some establishments that will charge you an additional processing fee for using a credit/debit card.
Talk To Your Phone Provider
When you go on holiday to any international destination, you should be talking to your mobile phone provider before you go. Or you might be in for a rude shock with a massive phone bill when you get back home. International roaming can be charged for international phone usage. Talk to your phone provider, ask them to turn off your data temporarily, and switch off your mobile signal when you land.
Plan Your Trip
The last thing for you to do is to plan your trip! The US is huge, and there’s no way that you’ll get to see all of it in a few weeks or a few years for that matter! Target one particular destination, and make sure you find time to see everything you want. It isn’t as simple as some other countries to get to landmarks and entertainment venues, so you need to plan ahead of time. Bon voyage!