Travelling to the United States can be a stressful process particularly when you have accommodation, flights and activities to organise. But what else should you expect when travelling here? In this article, we will be looking into what you should expect when spending time in the US whether travelling alone or with friends and family.
The ESTA Program
When you are travelling to the USA you are required to have a USA Visa in order to travel through or around the US. This Visa works alongside your passport allowing you to come in and out of the US with ease. This is a document that is approved by homeland security before you are due to travel and signifies that you are able to travel safely into the country. A US Visa is required if you are visiting from countries such as the UK, Estonia, Chile and Australia to name just a few.
Long Haul Flights
One of the biggest parts about travelling to America is the long-haul flight. If you are travelling with younger children, this can be quite a long process and can be quite uncomfortable for them. Although there is on flight entertainment, there is also the option to bring an iPad or a laptop as they can watch films and play games throughout the flight. If your child is particularly young, it may be beneficial to bring a blanket or a few toys as this will help them to feel comfortable.
The Weather Conditions
Another key aspect to look out for when travelling to the US is the weather conditions. By looking up the forecast before travelling, you can ensure you will have the best possible time. Though this can change, it is important to be on top of the weather forecast to look out for any strange patterns in the weather. This will, therefore, help to plan your activities around the weather conditions allowing you to make the most of the time you are spending there. In addition to this, planning theme park trips around the rain showers will help to ensure you and your family enjoy yourself.
Be Prepared To Tip
Always bring extra when you head out for food in the United States as tipping is expected. Although this may seem strange at first, bringing extra money on a night out will cover the cost of food and the tip. This is the case in every restaurant in the US as there is either a tip included, or have a tip added on the end. With the tip being between 15 to 20% of the pre-tax bill, this can lead you out of pocket if you are unprepared, therefore it may be beneficial to pay by cars as it will be covered automatically.
Whether you are travelling to the USA in the near future or you are looking to travel here in the future, you can be sure you are prepared for an American holiday with your family. Where will you be visiting first?
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