No matter if you’re headed to the West Coast to check out the beautiful beaches of California or spending time on the East Coast around the nation’s capital, there are certain tips you’ll want to know to make your trip to the USA as successful as possible.
Keep reading below to know the top 7 travel tips for traveling to the USA this year!
7 Tips for USA Travel
#1 – Get Travel Insurance
Having travel insurance is a kind of purchase that’s of common sense, especially when you’re traveling outside of your native country. Now, depending on your age, you may want to consider purchasing specialized coverage such as senior travel insurance from reputable companies like Fast Cover for Australians or Reiseversicherung Buchen for Germans.
After all, having travel insurance gives you the peace of mind that you’re covered in the event that something goes wrong. Most policies cover loss, delays, and even healthcare costs.
#2 – Visit a Natural Park
In the USA, there are 58 national parks that you can visit, and no matter what region of the country you end up in, there’s likely to be a national park nearby.
On the West Coast, you can choose between Yosemite National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, Sequoia National Park, and many others. On the East Coast, there’s Everglades National Park, Acadia National Park, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Sure enough — there are also plenty of natural wonders to see in the Midwest.
But of course, when visiting, be sure to dress appropriately and always have your camera handy!
#3 – Have an Itinerary
While you may be able to swing trips to smaller locations, you’ll absolutely want to have a set daily itinerary when visiting the USA. You have to keep in mind that not only are there 50 states to see, the country is larger than Europe.
So while you may have a laundry list of things you want to see and do, try to visit top cities in the USA and save other destinations for your next trip. The most popular cities to visit include:
- Los Angeles
- New York City
- San Francisco
- Washington D.C.
- Las Vegas
TIP: The best way to experience the USA is to set your sights on a specific region first such as the East Coast, West Coast, or the Midwest. By sticking to one part of the country you can have a more fulfilling travel experience, and you get to save the other regions for different trips too.
#4 – Practice Caution When Driving
If your travel plans involve renting a car, you’re in for a treat once you hit the roads! Depending on your home country, not only will you be driving on a different side of the road, there are all sorts of new traffic signs and rules that you’ll want to be aware of. Driving in cities is especially difficult with high traffic and an endless amount of traffic lights.
Otherwise, it’s recommended for tourists to use public transportation or apps like Uber or Lyft to get around during their vacation. While these services cost money, the convenience is well worth the peace of mind of not having to drive in a foreign country!
#5 – Be Aware of Taxes and Fees
When you look at the price tags on food, clothing, and other items, this isn’t the actual price you’ll pay. Unless you’re in a tax-free state, you can expect a tax percentage to be added to the total sale, and since tax rates are different in every state and sometimes different in various cities in the same state, you often won’t know what you’re expected to pay until you’re at the register.
Aside from taxes, you can also expect to pay all sorts of fees, especially if you’re staying at a hotel. Hotels and resorts are infamous for charging resort fees, parking fees, and even convenience fees. Be prepared to adjust your traveling budget by at least a few hundred dollars.
#6 – Expect Wide Cuisine Options
The USA is known as a melting pot and thanks to the various cultures that have made the country their home, you can try all sorts of global cuisines in the same state, sometimes the same city.
Chances are, you’ll find authentic Italian, Chinese, Thai, and even Peruvian local food to where you are staying. If you’re serious about trying new eats, be sure to check out the larger and more diverse cities like New York and Washington D.C.
And of course, aside from food, the USA is also known for its booming craft beer scene. If you like trying out new brews, be sure to find local breweries that serve beer you’ve never heard of before.
#7 – Be Aware of the Tipping Culture
No matter where you eat, be prepared to leave a decent tip for your waiter or waitress. In the USA it’s customary to leave at least a 15% tip on your meal. Larger parties are expected to tip at least 18%. Tip percentages are so high in the country because most restaurant workers are paid low wages hourly.
The good news though is that you can easily tip on your debit or credit card. This saves you time and money as you don’t have to deal with currency conversion rates and fees.
If you’re scratching the USA off of your must-visit travel locations in 2018, be sure to keep these 7 tips in mind to ensure you have the best trip possible!
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At 21, I quit my corporate job in the Philippines to pursue my dreams. Today, I am a successful digital nomad (entrepreneur, travel writer, & vlogger) living a sustainable travel lifestyle.
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