No other country in the world enjoys its freedoms as the US does. The US has also been described as the land flowing with milk and honey, (this is not biblical though) considering all the opportunities available. It’s for this reason that the United States receives millions of visitors from around the globe on a daily basis.
Whether you are visiting for pleasure, leisure, business, or you are inspired by Hollywood movies, the US has a lot to offer for both first-timers and regulars. You’ll appreciate diverse cultures, amazing sites, business opportunities, great cuisines, and even the American dream. Now, this is not a trip that you wake up one morning and just take off. There are several essential requirements that you should have ready before the d-day. Here’s how to prepare when planning a US trip.
The dollar is amongst the top world currencies. While it might not be at the top of the list, exchange rates are based on the dollar. If you are coming from a region whose currency value is lower against the US dollar, then saving up before visiting the United States will help to expose you to a comfortable life during your stay.
Regardless of your reasons for the trip, you cannot visit the US without the funds to cover for your daily needs such as accommodation, sightseeing, and transportation to mention but a few. You don’t want to visit the famous Disneyland without the funds to cover for the entry fees and other miscellaneous expenses.
You must take note of the currency exchange rates from your home currency to the American dollar and all with the inclusion of the taxman who might charge you for every single item you pay for. The foreign exchange rate usually changes every day and that’s why you need the help of a conversion tool to help you as you go. This will come in handy even when visiting other parts of the world. Also, different financial institutions have varied conversion rates and maximum amounts for tourists all geared at ensuring you get the necessary funds to help you cruise into Hollywood like a celebrity.
It’s important to make early plans for your accommodation, especially if you are planning on making an extended stay. Lucky for you, there are tons of affordable modes of accommodation including hotels, motels, motor homes, camping grounds, and Airbnb just to mention but a few.
You can also choose to stay with a friend, colleague, or family if you have any. Additionally, having a convenient mode of transportation will surely come in handy during your short or long stay in the US. This will make it easier for you to move around the country easily and conveniently. From the time you step out of the airport, you can take a taxi, or rent a car that’s within your budget and comfort needs.
For you to be granted entry into the country through any point of entry, you’ll be required to produce certain documents such as a passport, visa, or travel authorization certificates. It’s equally important to have these documents in person at all times when you are moving around the country for ease of identification in case you are caught up in some unforeseeable circumstances.
Getting a Visa is a bit complicated and can take some time. It’s advisable that you start the process in advance and early enough. Lucky for you, The US State Department has this process laid out for your perusal.
Imagine being in a foreign country and an accident happens to you. An insurance plan could mean the difference between quality medical services and a few patch-ups. To protect such cases from happening – not the accident, but the medical expense part – apply for travel insurance and ensure that it also covers critical medical emergencies.
Before making your plans, you need to research the changing seasons and pack all your essentials accordingly. Additionally, make sure you don’t carry everything because you never know when you are going to need something extra along the way. Plus, some essentials vary between your home country and the US such as electronics, ladies’ essentials such as tampons, and a variety of essential medications just to mention a few. Bringing your essentials will keep any inconveniences and extra costs at bay.
There you are, now you have everything you need for a memorable US visit. Be sure to abide by the laws, regulations, and respect the culture. Hey, and don’t forget to drive on the right lane. This is just in case you’re used to driving from the left lane. Pack up, it’s time to hit the road!