Travelling to any new country is exciting and as one of the world’s key tourist hot-spots the USA does not disappoint. There are tonnes of great places to visit in the USA and though New York, Florida and California are arguably the most popular states for tourists to head to, wherever you go you are sure to be inundated with things to see and do.
Make Your Trip to the USA the Best it Can Be
One of the best ways to ensure your trip goes as smoothly as possible is to stay organised and on the ball. Here are some top tips for travelling to the USA as a Spanish person.
If you are travelling to the USA there is a lot to consider; where will you stay? What are you going to do? How will you get there? One thing many people forget to take into account is how they will get in. As with travelling to most other foreign countries the USA does have rules and regulations with regards to who can enter and what visa they require. However, if you are one from one of the 38 countries who participate in the Visa Waiver Program – in which Spain is included – a simple ESTA application is enough.
ESTA stands for Electronic Service for Travel Authorisation and it works in a similar way to a visa. Applying for an ESTA is a simple online task and doesn’t take too long at all. An ESTA allows the USA to check your details before you leave Spain, saving time and eliminating the visa process. It’s important to bear in mind that an ESTA must be completed 72 hours prior to travel and costs approximately $14USD, which is about 13 Euros.
The USA is a vast country and if you are planning to travel from place to place it is good to have an idea of how you are going to get there. Popular options include bus and internal flights, but many people choose to drive. Renting a car in the USA is relatively simple and very much the same as renting a car elsewhere, except you must be over 25 years of age. Be sure to have a valid driving license and credit card with you.
Going to another country can be a bit daunting where money is concerned, especially with the ever-changing exchange rates. One way to stay on top of how much you are spending is to download a currency converter onto your smartphone or tablet. This way you’ll be able to convert exact amounts at the touch of a button – perfect when you’re in a shop or restaurant! Another way to stay on top of your spending is to save money wherever possible as this will ensure you don’t run out of funds before you’re due to fly home. Here are some money-saving tips:
- Switch it up between restaurants and supermarkets when you eat out. Though sitting down at a nice restaurant is enjoyable, a quick snack or picnic dinner from a supermarket is much cheaper.
- If you’re staying in one place for a long time, consider renting an apartment or house. In the long run this often works out cheaper than a hotel, especially when split between a few people. AirBnB is a popular option to take.
- Take advantage of free events and coupons – there’s money to be saved everywhere!
The USA is a large country and this means the weather can be vastly different from one end to the other; one state can be snowy, whilst others bask in temperatures above 30 degrees celsius. Weather in the USA reaches extreme temperatures, both freezing cold and scorching hot, so before leaving home take a moment to research where you are going and the average weather temperatures – and pack accordingly! Remember, just because it is cold at home doesn’t mean it will be where you’re going.
Following these key pieces of advice can really help you when you travel to the USA. Pack correctly, have your ESTA sorted before you leave, be mindful of money and you’ll have a great time.