The U.S.A is a country made up of 50 states covering a vast area of North America, with Alaska in the northwest and Hawaii extending the nation’s presence into the Pacific Ocean.
You will need to get a visa or an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) visa waiver to enter or transit the USA as a visitor. Restrictions apply depending on the type of passport you hold, your nationality, criminal history, and countries you may have recently visited.
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Top travel advice and interesting tip bits of information from experienced travellers.
- Tipping is an important social convention in the USA. For your waiter, busboy, bellboy, taxi driver, barkeep, doorman and other, tips are the biggest source of income. An appropriate tip is between 15 and 20% for good service.
- 4th July is the anniversary of the declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1776. Many people display the national flag and hold street parties and celebrations throughout the country.
- The legal drinking age in America is 21. Anyone caught drinking under the age of 21 is liable for prosecution and deportation! This can be very frustrating for those of you who are used to the legal age being 18, but it really isn’t worth an abrupt end to your holiday and a permanent record.
What are the common crimes in the USA?
Theft is another common crime, make sure your hotel or hostel is securely locked and your valuables are in the hotel safe or a secure location. If hiring a car make sure you park in well lit and popular areas, never leave valuables on display.
There is a big drug culture in America, be aware that in big cities people might offer you drugs. Don’t take them as you can not be sure what you are buying, the Police are very harsh on drug offenses.
Pick pocketing is a major issue in most major cities. Be careful of people taking to you for no reason, they might be trying to distract you while an accomplice takes you wallet or belongings.
What are the top safety tips for the USA?
Beware of pickpockets, this is an issue in big tourist cities. Streets can be very busy in tourist areas, also be aware in train, bus and subway stations.
Keep your belongings safe at all times. When entering the country Americans won’t take kindly to jokes about safety or what you are carrying in your luggage.
Take out only what money you think you will need for the day, having a wallet full of cash can attract unwanted attention. Its an idea to keep an extra note in a small pocket just in case anything happens and your wallet is lost or you see something you want to buy.
The internet is an amazing tool to search for advice and tips, spend some time doing research before you go, reading blogs and testimonies from travellers who have experienced the area. Time when you are travelling is priceless don’t waste it turning up to places that are closed for the inter season or not worth checking out at all.
What is the best time to travel to the USA?
The USA is a huge country and the weather varies in each state due to terrain, most visitors choose to visit in the summer months from June to August.
What are the customs & traditions in the USA?
Police in America all carry guns, be aware that with the gun culture and history you will see a lot of weapons when travelling around the country.
Martin Luther King Day
A public holiday on the third Monday of January each year, celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. He is most well known for his campaign to end racial segregation and strive for racial equality in the country.
Add 10% of the bill for normal service. Add 15% of the bill for good service and add 20% of the bill for great service. Tipping is expected as the staff work for very low wages.
For more country specific travel & safety information, please visit the Travel Aware website by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
Towns & Cities
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New OrleansRead more
There’s no where like New Orleans. The food, the festivals, the culture, the history- all of it is rich and interesting in its own way. You certainly need more than one trip to experience the city and everything it has to offer. It doesn’t matter if you’re a foodie, a historian or a party hound, New Orleans has a good scene.
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Minneapolis, once the flour milling capital of the world, is a city of many lakes and rivers. Home to hugely influential musicians such as Prince and Bob Dylan, Minneapolis has a lively and varied music scene.
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Las VegasRead more
A city of many names and titles: referring to itself as the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas is described internationally as one of the most visited places globally, a leader in the hospitality industry and- more colloquially- Sin City. Famed for its seedy underbelly, this city wears its heart on its sleeve with its strip of casinos, other adult entertainment and almost Roman-levels of excess when it comes to food and drink.
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Atlantic CityRead more
Famed for its success as a beach resort in the 1800s and then as a prohibition era den of iniquity filled with organised crime, gambling and illegal alcohol, Atlantic City has been a tourist attraction for a long time. Take a stroll along the boardwalk and visit historical attractions or shop till you drop, the choice is yours.
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Washington DCRead more
Washington DC, the capital of the United States of America, is considered one of the most famous cities in the world and resides the most powerful man in the world, the president. With famous historical landmarks such as Capitol Hill and the White House, it is a sight to behold for any travel goers.