Visiting USA

How to Plan a Trip to USA


(Last Updated On: January 12, 2019)

Have you been waiting for your dream vacation to the USA? There may be hundreds of places to visit in America on your bucket list. However, don’t forget to plan your big vacation carefully, so that you can enjoy every moment and make the most of your time there. Here’s how you can effectively plan your trip to the United States.

Getting your Tourist Visa

The first step in planning your trip to the US includes filing a petition for a US tourist visa. Unlike many other countries, the process of application for a US visa is a little complex. First, you need to fill the non-immigrant visa form, Form DS-160, visit the consulate office to submit your documents and biometrics and then appear for a visa interview at the US embassy. For more details about the visa application process, you can check this website. Check the eligibility criteria and documents required before applying for the visa.

Booking Flight Tickets

Now that you have your US visa, search for various flight options. You can consider different things before choosing a carrier, such as the duration of the flight, the cost of tickets and your destination. Since it will be along flight, it is best not to compromise on comfort and convenience, especially if you are traveling with your family. Make sure you are booking flights from a trusted source.

Planning the Itinerary

Don’t underestimate the size and vastness of America. To be able to do as much as possible while you are there, plan your itinerary beforehand. Check the number of days you have in the country and where you will be spending most of that time. Research the sites closest to your destination and plan the activities and sites you wish to visit.

Don’t forget to get Travel Insurance

It’s a great idea to get Travel insurance when traveling to USA. As medical cost (even for the common cold) can run into hundreds of dollars in the US, it is recommended that you get good medical insurance, before your trip. Good thing is that if you buy it online before your trip, it may be cheaper.

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Booking Accommodation and Tickets

When you have decided the places you wish to see, choose the cheapest means to travel within the country. Book train, bus or flight tickets in advance to avoid any inconvenience.  Also, it is advisable to book your accommodation in advance. You can research and compare various options available on sites like TripAdvisor and Airbnb. You can also read reviews by international tourists on these sites and then choose a place to stay.

Buying Visitors Insurance

Many tourists ignore international travel insurance while traveling abroad. However, having a good insurance policy will ensure that you have a safe and stress-free time, while you are in a foreign land. International health insurance plans are very beneficial for individuals who are traveling to the US since medical care is very expensive there. You can also get coverage for things like loss of baggage, trip cancellation, and medical evacuation, says an article on VisitorsCoverage. You can also choose to buy an affordable and comprehensive plan online to save time and effort.

Shopping and Packing for Your Trip

Generally, people say it isn’t really necessary to pack a lot of stuff while traveling to the USA, since North America is quite cheap. However, this depends on which season you are traveling in. Pack your luggage accordingly. But, don’t forget to have some space for gifts and souvenirs from your trip.

Make sure you read about some basic cultural and societal norms in the US, such as giving generous tips and avoid passing racist or political comments. And, don’t forget to have fun on your big vacation in the US! a


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