Visiting the Land of Liberty can be a fun and exciting trip. However, before leaving there are a few points you need to address so your entire adventures is easy and enjoyable. The following are five things that need to be taken care of before leaving:
• Exchange money
• Get ESTA US Visa
• Decide where to go in the U.S.
• Book Vacation Details
• Arrange transportation
When planning how much money to take with you, keep in mind that tipping is expected in U.S. restaurants, as well as taxi services. Ask for twenty dollar bills or smaller when exchanging your currency, as they are much easier to spend than the larger bills. Let your bank know you will be traveling overseas, and check to see if they are connected with any U.S. banks in order to avoid ATM fees.
Be sure to get your ESTA Visa Application in plenty of time. You will need U.S. Visas for everyone in your group.
The most fun part of planning your trip is deciding exactly where to go. The U.S. has something for everyone, from sun worshipers to adventurers. The Virgin Islands offer a tropical setting with warm temperatures, sandy beaches, and excellent resorts. The Hudson River Valley in upstate New York is the best of rural America, and it’s a nice break from a stay in New York City. Yellowstone National Park is the “Best of the West” and a beautiful area to visit year round. For a peek at a unique culture full of festivals and lively restaurants, try New Orleans. The Grand Canyon has some of the best panoramic views in the U.S., along with many adventurous activities to try. If you like theme parks, the Orlando area in Florida is perfect.
Once you choose what area you will be traveling to, you need to book all of the details. The U.S. has several upscale resorts, hotels, and bed and breakfasts to choose from for your accommodations. Many can be reserved as a package along with your flight and can be very economical. Buy any tickets to attractions or theme parks ahead of time in order to get the best prices.
You will also have to make arrangements for transportation. The United States’ public transportation systems are not as comprehensive as in many other countries. Buses and taxis are more common in the bigger cities than in rural areas. For some locations, you may have to arrange a car rental. Resorts in the popular tourist areas will sometimes offer transportation for their guests to local attractions.
With these details squared away, you’re ready to visit the United States.
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Written by Robert Hall — a Tech writer with a travel obsession – catch him @travelplex.