If you have never been to America before, you could be finding it a little bit intimidating. The country is massive and you don't know what they culture will be like when you get there.
You also won't know what to do when you go through customs. They are a lot stricter than any other country, and rightly so after what they have been through with 9/11.
However, going to America for a holiday is amazing. You should be looking forward to it, rather than feeling anxious about what it is going to be like when you get there. It really is an amazing place.
If you are thinking about travelling to America and you feel like your anxiety about now knowing what to expect, is putting you off, then read on for some tips on how to make the trip anxiety free.
Before you leave
Before you even leave your house, there are some things that you should do. First of all, you should check that you have enough time on your passport. To be accepted through customs, you have to have 6 months left on your passport (from your departure date). If you not have the time on your passport, then you will be sent home.
You should know this already because you will have to apply for a VISA before you leave. This can be done on the internet and it is in the form of an ESTA form. You have to put your passport details on the form and you will know if you have less than 6 months left because you will be refused a VISA.
Therefore, you should have no excuse for entering the country without having a valid passport and ESTA form. They are very strict about this and you won't be let into the country if you do not have the correct documentation.
How do you get from the airport to the hotel?
You might be worried about how you are going to get to the hotel, from the airport, when you arrive, but it is fairly simple.
If you are travelling into a big city airport, then there will be buses and train services available for you to use. They should have a large terminus attached and you can ask for a travel guide.
All you need to do is follow the guide for the street that your hotel is on. Therefore, it is very important that you find out your hotel address before you leave.
Getting the bus or the train will be the cheapest option, but it will also be the longest option because you will have to stop at all the stops to let people on and off, and you might have to walk from a stop to your hotel.
If you want something quicker, which will drop you off at the door to the hotel, then you should opt for a taxi from the airport, but you might have to wait in a queue when you get to the airport. Make sure you have asked the taxi driver for a price before you get in because some firms will leave you on the meter.
If you want everything to be sorted out for you when you get there, you should hire a limo service to pick you up from the airport. You can book it before you leave home and you know there will be no waiting around at the airport. The driver will be waiting for you at arrivals and he or she will get you to the hotel as fast as he can.