A trip to the USA is a trip of a lifetime – you will have the opportunity to experience a wealth of diverse cultures while taking in breathtaking landscapes that you have only ever seen in the movies. There is something for everyone – all tastes, all budgets, and all abilities. Whether you want to indulge in extreme outdoor pursuits in Anchorage, experience country music in Nashville or drink cocktails on a New York rooftop bar, the USA can give you it all.
However, the USA is a huge country of 3.8 million square miles, and to make sure that your trip to the US is remembered for the right reasons, here are 4 tips on how to travel smart throughout the USA.
This probably seems to be far too obvious, but you have so many options as to what to do, you need to conduct thorough research into where you really want to go and what you want to see. You don’t want to find out that you missed a great opportunity to see a famed landmark through lack of research. You need to consider what type of vacation you want – beach, city, mountains, theme parks, or music – so many options!
Now that you have an idea of where you want to go you can book your transport. A fly-drive trip is a great way to see the country and experience some unexpected aspects of everyday America but remember that the small distance on a map could take hours! Scale is everything! Be mindful that internal flights are far more accessible and reasonably priced than in Europe, so take advantage.
Your itinerary will be full of places to do and places to see, but do not overfill it so that you are not flexible to be able to respond to unplanned situations. You may be on a tour of Indiana and decide that there are so many things to do in French Lick that you’ll stay longer than anticipated. You will find that you will want to stay in some places longer than you intended or shorter than your scheduled timescale. This is your vacation and not a double math lesson – remember to relax and enjoy the journey, not just the destination.
Where ever you travel in the world you will be open to some level of risk, and America is no different. Trust your instincts as to whether it is a safe neighborhood for you to be walking in; if it feels a bit too edgy for your liking, it will be! Choose well lit, high pedestrian traffic areas. Use the ATM inside of the bank building and keep valuables out of sight.
America is known as the land of opportunity and the free. It’s a wonderful host country to visit and will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. Plan and ensure that your trip meets your expectations but remember to leave a little wriggle room so that you can enjoy the unexpected! Have fun!