Read This Guide Before Your First Trip To The USA

Are you planning on heading to America this year? While you’re certainly in for an exciting trip, regardless of which state you head to, there are a few things to know before you travel. First, do make sure that you get that visa ready. Of course, if you’re traveling from a country like the UK, you can get an ESTA, and this makes things a lot easier. With an ESTA you can fix everything online. In fact, if you don’t have a criminal record or any issues, then you can expect confirmation within less than forty-eight hours. Once you have done this, you should have no issues entering the states, assuming you can get through customs and security. Are you planning on heading to America this year? While you’re certainly in for an exciting trip, regardless of which state you head to, there are a few things to know before you travel. First, do make sure that you get that visa ready. Of course, if you’re traveling from a country like the UK, you can get an ESTA, and this makes things a lot easier. With an ESTA you can fix everything online. In fact, if you don’t have a criminal record or any issues, then you can expect confirmation within less than forty-eight hours. Once you have done this, you should have no issues entering the states, assuming you can get through customs and security. Airport Security And Customs Is Serious If you’ve traveled a lot, you might be aware that customs and security tends to differ from country to country. It’s fair to say that America definitely has the most extreme form of security. You need to make sure that you know how you need to handle it the right way. It’s important to make sure that you do remove your shoes, take everything out of your pockets and take things like laptops or phones out of your bag to put them through separately. In some countries, it doesn’t need to be this extreme, but in America, this is definitely an issue you need to be aware of. Of course, customs is where things get a little more tense. Don’t try and joke with customs officers in America. While it might not seem like it, they are asking serious questions that you need to answer carefully. It’s important to be honest with this line of questioning, regardless of whether you think it is relevant or not. Take this interview seriously, and you’ll be through in minutes. Don’t, and you could be substantially delayed. CNTraveler.com/stories/2016-02-16/how-to-get-through-airport has more information on custom control in America. Jaywalking Is A Crime When you’re in the UK, you will have no trouble crossing the road wherever you want. You can run through a heavy line of traffic and hope the cars stop. In America, this is a crime, and you can get a seriously heavy fine. It’s not just about the fine either. Using the crosswalks is the easiest way to keep accountability simple. If you are crossing at the appropriate point, it will always be the driver's fault. You can find out more on sites like SalinasTrialLaw.com/austin-pedestrian-accident-lawyer. As such, you do need to make sure that you use the crossings provided. While it may not seem like it, there will be people watching and monitoring the situation. Potentially, this is just one of the fines that you need to be aware of in America. Tolls are another cost you need to think about. While tolls do exist in the UK, they are far more common in America, and you can accidentally end up on toll roads even when you are following a navigation system. The good news is that the fines for this are considerably small. Tipping Is Essential Last but not least, make sure you remember to fit extra into your holiday budget for tipping. The average tip is about fifteen percent but this can actually be added on to the overall bill, and you can pay it from your card typically. You can learn more about the American tipping system on BBCAmerica.com/anglophenia/2012/08/tipping-in-america-how-to-do-it. Take this advice, and you should have no issues preparing for your trip to America.

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