The United State of America is a massively popular travel destination. A huge place with 50 states, you could visit Hawaii with is tropical climate, or check out the snow in Utah in the winter. But there are some constants that no matter where you decide to travel to in the USA that you need to remember. Read on to discover what they are and make sure that your trip is as enjoyable and as stress-free as possible.
The first thing that you need to realise is that American passport control is a lot stricter than other places in the world. This is partly due to safety concerns and partly due to immigration issues. That means that extra checks are often carried out when you arrive in the country. So expect to wait for a reasonably long time before you get through passport control if you are an international traveller.
At passport control, they will check your documents, and make sure that you have a VISA or an ESTA. This is a document that acts as VISA waiver for travel in America for 90 days or less. You will only be eligible for an ESTA if your home country is in the scheme. You can find out more about this on sites like official-esta.com.
Expect to have your fingerprints taken when you enter the country as well. Have ever seen those border control TV shows? Then you'll know that anyone with a criminal record will be interviewed before being allowed access.
Money is always an important issue when you are travelling. It's a good idea to have a budget and try to work to that as much as possible. So you don't run out of money by the end of the trip. This will allow you to get the most out of the whole time that you are there.
While many things such as clothes and electronics are known for being cheaper in America than in other places, you do need to also factor in sales tax. Sales tax is an amount that is added to your purchase at the till. This can make it tricky to predict exactly how much everything will cost.
The problem is that the tax differs from state to state, as do the price of similar items, so it can all get a bit confusing!
Driving and distance
Something else that you need to be aware of when travelling in the USA is the driving. They drive on the left-hand side of the road, so if you are coming from countries like England, this can be something that you need to get used to.
It's also worth mentioning that a small distance to drive in the US is not what most others countries consider the same. As the US is such a physically large country, events that are regarded as local in some states may take a 2-3 hour car journey one way. It's always worth tapping them into your sat nav, so you know what you are letting yourself in for.