Are you planning to cross the United States off of your international travel list? Visiting America is an exciting experience.
The country is so large and the culture so diverse that you could spend years seeing all that this magnificent country has to offer. From the snow-capped mountains of Aspen to the white sandy beaches of California, the U.S. has something for everyone.
America has its cultural preferences and before you jump on a plane and cross the ocean, read through these twelve travel tips to ensure that you have the best trip possible.
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#1 Be street-smart when in big cities
There are dangerous areas of cities, avoid them and never walk alone at night.
#2 Keep a copy of your passport on your phone
The police services in America are used to dealing with immigrants and will want to see your paperwork to prove that you are in the country legally. Keep a copy of your documents on you or on your phone, so that you don’t need to carry the originals with you.
#3 Respect the American Flag and the culture
American is proud of their country, so respect their land, their flag and its people on your travels.
#4 Leave a copy of your itinerary with someone back home
Let people know your travel plans and drop a copy of your itinerary off with close friends or family members. If they need to contact you in case of a family emergency, they will know where to reach you.
#5 Make sure you have quick access to some extra cash
You will probably end up spending more money than you originally budgeted. Make sure that you have enough cash in your current account to cover more than what you’ve budgeted for.
#6 Don’t forget to add sales tax to ticketed prices
Don’t stand too close to people, keep at least half a meter away from people to respect their personal space.
#8 Respect the rules of the road
The student driver program taught in American high schools teaches kids to abide by the rules of the road and drive within the law. The focus on the rules has left American drivers with a lack of spatial awareness on the road. Be careful when you are driving and remain vigilant and alert at all times.
#9 Get travel health insurance
Call your healthcare provider before you leave your home country and arrange medical insurance for your travels. The American health care system is undergoing radical change, and medical costs can end up costing you a fortune if you are not insured.
#10 Carry a water bottle with inbuilt filter
The water in most cities is safe to drink. Ask the locals or your hotel concierge if the water is suitable for drinking, if in doubt use a water bottle with a built-in filter to remove any bacteria.
#11 Give tips appropriately
Many Americans work in the service industry as bartenders, waiters, and even cab drivers. Many of them work for less than the minimum wage and rely on tips to make their money. If you experience good service, then make sure you tip at least 10% of the value of your bill.
#12 Do You Need a Visa?
To gain entry into the United States, you will need to apply for a visa. Different countries have different visa requirements, so make sure you check with your travel consultant before booking your ticket. Some countries such as Australia and the UK do not need a visa; they must visit the U.S government website and complete an esta application form to gain access to the country. after you receive your approval, book your ticket and get ready for the vacation of your lifetime.