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Useful tips for traveling to the United States 

The United States is a beautiful country, and it offers something for every person, no matter the interests and personality. It has everything, from city breaks to popular historic sites, and from sports events to pleasant camping spots. When it comes to culture, it is very similar to most of the Europe. However, they have some different rules and regulations.

Before going on a trip, think about the time of the year, and the exact destination. Be aware of hurricane season, which runs from June to November, and has an effect on many states across the country. If you have already booked for this period, you can take a look at the situation ahead, before anything severe starts, through the Hurricane Center’s web page.

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When it comes to travel deals, keep in mind that, unlike some countries, the United States don’t have a free medical system, so if you find yourself in need of a hospital care, it could be very expensive. It is the reason why travel insurance for this destination is the most expensive. However, it is essential, as you never know what can happen on your journey. If you are not insured, you will be liable for the expenses of any medical treatment you might need, which can quickly run up to several thousands of dollars. Don’t risk having to pay these costs, make sure you are adequately insured before the start of your trip.

If you are traveling by plane, you should know that the United States has very strict rules about what you can and can’t take on a plane entering their airspace. It is understandable, because of the different events that happened in the recent history. Also, upon entering the country, you will be faced with a high level of security.

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Entering the U.S. is also different than in Europe. For example, you don’t need a visa to get from one Europe country to another, if they are members of the European Union. You need a visa for the United States. If you don’t know, it is a document which you can get only if you visit the US embassy in your capital city in person. However, you can’t just show up; an appointment needs to be booked in advance. Another option, created recently, in the last several years, is called an ESTA application. You are eligible for it if you are a citizen of a country under the Visa Waiver Program. Here, you can apply for it on their website, and get an ESTA authorization valid for 90 days, which allows you to visit the U.S. without a visa.

If you don’t want to be limited to public transport, there is always an option of renting a car and driving to wherever you want to go. However, there is a minimum age limit of 21, for some companies even 25. Also, some of them require the driver to have had a license for at least twelve months. It is not necessary to have an international driving permit, but it can be helpful. Now you know basic information about traveling to the United States so that you can prepare for the trip properly.

Diana Murray

Avid consumer of Chinese food and old movies. Old soul.