Mistakes You Don't Want To Make When Planning A Trip To America

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Whether you’re going from the Philippines, Paraguay or Paris, planning a trip to America can take some serious planning. Here are three mistakes you don’t want to make along the way.

Not checking visa requirements properly
If there is one thing that will totally ruin your holiday, it is the following. Turning up at the airport to board your flight, and finding out you don’t have the right visa. Issues like this can’t be put right on the day. Instead, it could take several weeks. You’ll have to miss your flight, and forfeit any other bookings you’ve made too.

So, once you have an idea of how long you’ll be staying for, research visa rules. You may need to apply and wait for one to arrive. For this reason, it might be better to receive your visa before you book any flights. Once received check and double check the rules. The USA is phenomenally strict with their visa rules. If you outstay the time limit on yours, they may refuse to let you re-enter in the future. Official government sites like https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/usa/entry-requirements will help. 

Leaving your internal transport to the last minute
Another important job is planning your internal transport once you get there. American is a very big place, and you’ll want to get around. Each city has different strengths and weaknesses with its transport systems. Plus, everywhere is a different size. So, if you’re travelling to Florida, hiring a charter bus might be a good idea, as the place is so big. Companies such as http://www.floridacharterbuscompany.com can help with this. Conversely, if you’re going to New York City, you might want to experience the buzz of the subway. If this is the plan, that’s great! But make sure you do some research in advance. Read information like http://www.nyctourist.com/subway_page1.htm. Get familiar with ticketing systems, and general conduct rules. Doing this research in advance will save you time, stress and hassle once you arrive. 

Looking too much like a tourist 
Let’s be honest; this point goes for wherever you’re visiting in the world. However, it is even more crucial to avoid doing this in big cities. It would be a lie to say that the USA is crime-free. You can stay safe, sure, but the best way to do this is not to be an easy target. In your home country, you know what the rules are. You know what the safe areas are, and the not so safe areas too. However, this is far harder to gauge in other countries. So, while planning, think carefully about the belongings you will take. Articles like http://www.emmereyrose.com/2015/09/5-things-i-always-bring-with-me-on-my.html can help. Sure, you’ll want your mobile phone. But do you really need to take a laptop? And can the camera on your phone do, instead of your large digital camera? If you don’t take these items, they can’t get stolen. Similarly, think about how you are presenting yourself. If you look like a tourist, potential criminals will know that you aren’t familiar with the area. So keep your camera underneath your coat when you’re not using it, for example. Being savvy with what you have on you, and blending into the crowd, will help keep you safe. Articles such as http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/2012/09/28/keeping-valuables-safe/1600087/ offer more tips also.

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