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Travelling To America?

When you’re travelling to America you need an ESTA visa which is part of the Visa Waiver Program. The visa has to be printed, ready to be shown once you have entered the country. You can qualify for this if you have a valid passport, are a citizen of an eligible country and you only plan on staying in the US without exceeding the 90 days permitted stay. To apply for this visa all you have to do is fill in a form which is easier to do online and then submit a payment. The ESTA visa would be valid for 2 years or until the passport runs out, it depends on which happens first. As long as the visa is valid you won’t need to reapply for it during the two year period. Once applied for the visa could be either accepted or rejected within minutes.


In America you must tip between 15 and 20% in American restaurants; its part of a social contract and all Americans are aware of this, it’s expected. American portion sizes are much bigger than you’ll be used to. It’s expected and considered part of the service for you to take food home with you. They don’t have brown sauce, they don’t eat meat pies, and chips don’t come with everything. Americans drink a lot of coffee instead of tea which is why you probably won’t have your typical cup of tea; if you ask for tea you’ll probably be given an iced tea. To them biscuits are actually cookies and a biscuit is actually a type of savoury bread muffin. Whenever you order an alcoholic drink you are expected to tip the bartender at least a dollar per drink. They don’t really see being really drunk or having a hangover as an accomplishment. People will casually smile and start a conversation with you in the street; it’s nice to do so back. American flags are seen as a sign of national unity; therefore never do anything to disrespect one.


When you’re visiting America there are so many different places you should go because you don’t want to miss out. Some are better to go alone or with friends and some are better to visit with your family and children to be able to enjoy them properly. You need to make sure that you have a car, as not all of the transport is completely reliable and not everything can be reached easily by walking or public transport. Just a few places you should make sure to visit include the Grand Canyon, Alcatraz Island and the Magic Kingdom.