The big day is approaching but, apart from the plane tickets, you have not yet prepared anything for your trip to the United States. But a trip to the United States is an adventure that cannot be improvised. It is important to find out in advance, to study what can and cannot be done, to plan your itinerary and to know how you will get around. Because in a country even larger than the whole of Europe, it is easy to get lost.
Draw a precise itinerary
In a country as large and, above all, as diverse as the United States, it is difficult to make a choice and to focus on a specific region. Naturally, we want to go everywhere and cross all the states. But unless you have several months for this trip, you will have to make decisions and concessions. More like East Coast or West Coast? Cities or nature reserves? For the fire, more like Las Vegas or Miami? New York or Los Angeles? To help you, you can consult a USA travel blog as there are many on the Internet. Some of them, such as reead.com, are full of ideas, testimonies and suggestions.
Select a means of transport
In a territory as large as the United States, it is difficult to consider moving a lot if you don’t have a car. For a long term stay such as a road trip, many people choose to buy a car and then sell it before leaving. It is also possible to rent a vehicle. But if you choose to visit several cities without really going on an adventure off the beaten track, you can travel by public transport. Planes, buses, trains… Big cities are rather well served. But, as in Europe, it is important to know where you want to go and book your tickets in advance if you want to avoid spending a fortune there.
Be up to date on administrative formalities
The United States is a very safe and secure country, where administrative procedures can sometimes be very laborious and complex. For all visa or residence permit applications, it is imperative to contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate as soon as possible. But, beyond these purely American formalities, you must be yourself up to date with your documents. For example, your passport must expire more than 6 months after the scheduled return date. Don’t let yourself be fooled by a passport that will soon expire! Also, check your repatriation insurance and health coverage to avoid any unpleasant surprises once you are there.