Traveling through the United States is an incredible experience. The land is so vast and so diverse that there is a lot to see in the States. If you are a fan of natural wonders, then the Grand Canyon, Rocky Mountains, and wild, rugged terrain of New England will satisfy your travel needs. If you are into beaches and sunshine, then visit the white sands of Florida or California and don’t forget to take the kids to Disneyland while you are there.
There so much to do in America that your itinerary will be a mile long. Before you log online and book your plane tickets, read through these nine travel tips for your trip to The United States.
#1 Stay Out of Bad Areas in Cities
New York and Los Angeles are top tiers, world-class cities. Countless Hollywood movies feature these cities and their landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame are well-known by people from different cultures all around the globe.
However, America is not without its social issues and turning the wrong corner on the street could land you in a bad neighborhood where poverty and desperation are prevalent. Stay out of dangerous areas and try not to walk around cities after dark.
#2 Copy Your Documents and Keep Them with You
Before you leave, make a few color photocopies of your driver’s license and passport. Keep these on you during your travels. If you ever encounter the police, they will want to see your identification. If you are unable to produce it, then they will possibly detain you until your identity can be confirmed.
#3 Go America!
Be prepared to visit a country where its people are proud of their land. Show them the respect they deserve and be friendly wherever you go. Avoid talking about things like social problems a politics with people that you meet, these topics can be sensitive and get you involved in an argument.
#4 Leave Your Itinerary with Friends and Family
It’s a good idea to leave a copy of your movements with your family or friends. If they need to contact you in an emergency, they will know where to find you.
#5 You will Probably Need More Money
America has one of the highest standards of living in the world. Take this to mind when you are planning your budget and make sure that you take a little more with you than you plan to spend.
#6 Remember to Add the Tax
Pricing at retail stores excludes sales tax. Add on a 5% sales tax charge to any sticker price you see.
#7 Don’t Offend Anyone
People take their personal space seriously, so doesn’t stand over people, or get too close to them. A good rule of thumb for personal space id to remain a half a meter away from anyone during a conversation.
#8 You can Use Your International Driving License
If you are visiting a part of the country that does not have a public transport infrastructure, then you can use your international driving license to get around. Make sure you carry copies of all of your paperwork with you.
#9 Check Your Visa Status
You will need a visa to gain entry into the United States. Check with a travel consultant about the right visa for your nationality. If you live in a country such as the UK, or Australia, you can apply for an easy visa process with the esta form.
Enjoy your time in the ‘Land of the Free.’ America is the world’s leading superpower and the home of modern entertainment and fashion. Take in the sights and experience the culture of the worlds most advanced economy.