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Overview
USA

It may feel familiar, but there’s still a bit of preparation you’ll need to do before heading off on your USA holiday. Arrange your ESTA, leave room in your suitcase for shopping, and whatever you do, don’t forget to tip! For more advice, talk to your Travel Butler. 

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Visas
USA

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
USA

No inoculations are required to visit the US from the UK. 

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When to go
USA

If you have certain American destinations in mind for your trip, it’s a good idea to tailor your itinerary to the time of year and with the seasons in mind. The northern part of America can be bitterly cold in winter from December to April, while the south, the Sun Belt, can be sunny year round. In summer, large parts of the northern states are hot so you may want to stick to the East Coast beaches. Spring from around March to June and autumn from around September to December are mostly mild. Autumn is also a time when the national parks are a riot of vivid red and gold foliage and Thanksgiving and Halloween take place. For Christmas, few can resist a white one in New York complete with sparkling lights and festive cheer everywhere. 

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Currency
USA

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

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Electrical
USA

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

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Travel insurance
USA

You never know when you’ll need it, so be sure to take out the appropriate travel insurance before you depart. Our team at Round the World Experts can help you get the right insurance coverage for your trip to the USA.

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What to pack
USA

The time of year and which states you visit will determine the temperature and therefore your wardrobe. Generally speaking, the following essentials will be useful in the USA.

  • Passport
  • Power adaptor
  • Driver’s licence or other photo ID
  • Hat, sunglasses and sun cream
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Warm layers in winter For more specific details, please ask your Travel Butler.

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