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Travel Advice: Los Angeles

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Overview
Los Angeles

An experienced traveller will tell you that you’ll need to hire a car in LA. To guarantee the right vehicle at the right price, your Expert can book your car before you travel. For other tips to know before your Los Angeles holiday, see below or talk to your Travel Butler. 

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Visas
Los Angeles

The current Visa Waiver Program allows British citizens to enter the US without a visa for holiday, transit or business purposes. Your passport must be valid for at least 90 days, be machine-readable, and your stay must not exceed 90 days. You must also have a return or onward ticket and check into the US government ESTA website prior to departure. To find out more, please refer to the ESTA website or ask your Travel Butler.

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Inoculations
Los Angeles

For travel from the UK to the US, you are not required to have any extra vaccinations.

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When to go
Los Angeles

Los Angeles has a Mediterranean climate with dry, hot summers and mild winters. Temperatures creep steadily higher from March and stay warm right through to October, making a spring or autumn holiday in LA very appealing. If you’re after an LA tan though, the hottest months are July and August when it hardly ever rains and temperatures are consistently around 28 degrees Celsius. The city can have spectacular summer storms but they are unusual. If you want to plan your trip around a festival or key event, there are plenty to choose from. Some of LA’s most notable events are the Academy Awards in March, the Los Angeles Film Festival in June, Independence Day Celebrations on the 4th of July and the Hollywood Christmas Parade.

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Currency
Los Angeles

The local currency is the US dollar. 25 cents is a quarter and 10 cents is a dime.

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Electrical
Los Angeles

America uses 110 volts compared to our 240 volts. If you’re planning to take your UK appliances, make sure they have a tag or an imprint that says 100-240V. You will also need an adaptor as well: US plugs have 2 pins that sit in a V shape.

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Travel insurance
Los Angeles

For peace of mind while travelling, be sure to take out the appropriate US travel insurance before you depart for LA. Our team can help arrange your travel insurance cover for you. 

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What to pack
Los Angeles

When visiting LA we recommend packing for the season. While winter weather is known to be mild, it can get cold at night so be sure to bring some layers. Of course, if you do forget anything, LA has some great shopping areas. Other things to bring from home though include:

  • Passport
  • Power adaptor
  • Hat, sunglasses and sun cream
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Photo ID
  • Digital camera
  • US power adaptor

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