Visiting America for the first time is bound to give you butterflies and make you daydream about all of the wonderful experiences you have to come. It’ll likely be very different to anywhere you’ve visited before. America likes to be louder. It likes to be bigger. It likes to be better and more obscene than anywhere you can imagine. This introduction to America will clue you up on what to expect and give you some valuable tips:
You Don’t Have To See All The Cliches - But See Some Of Them
There are plenty of cliches that you’re ‘supposed’ to see in America. You don’t have to see all of these if you don’t want to, so don’t feel pressured just because some people say that you ‘have to’. You really don’t, unless you want to! Seeing all of the sights can get expensive. There are things like The Grand Canyon, the statue of Liberty, National Parks, and so much more. You should feel free to travel off the beaten path if you like. Maybe pick one or two things that you actually want to see and stick to them.
Be Prepared For Honesty
In America, they don’t really beat around the bush. They’ll be honest with you. They might even seem so much louder and far more forward than you’re used to. Get used to it! Most people will be like this. Some are ridiculously friendly, and some won’t seem that friendly at all. It depends on where you are, so do your research and don’t be perturbed.
Leave Room For All The Food You’ll Eat
The portions in America are usually massive, so make sure you leave room. They have some peculiar concoctions too, and often like to mix sweet with savoury. Broaden your horizons and try some new things to make the most of your trip.
Take Your Airport Visits Seriously
Visiting the airports in America should be taken very seriously. Everybody knows the attempts that have been made on America in recent years, so it isn’t unusual to see guards walking around with guns. Make sure you read up on the airports, follow their rules, and stay on your best behaviour while you’re there. Make sure you have all of your documents in one easy to reach place too, including the ESTA from www.official-esta.com.
Get A High Level Of Insurance Cover
Having a high level of insurance cover is really important in the US. Nothing will come for free, even a minor injury or problem. Make sure you don’t have to worry about forking out a fortune.
Pack As Light As Possible
You’re going to want to bring back many souvenirs. Not only that, the clothes and things are far cheaper over here. You’ll want a whole new wardrobe!
Be Mindful Of Sensitive Subjects
Certain subjects in America are far more sensitive than anywhere else. For example, religion. Be aware of these subjects and avoid bringing them up so you can avoid conflict.
Have a great trip!
*This post was contributed.