BARE FACTS: USA


The sheer size of the United States of America makes it one of the most diverse countries to visit. No two states are the same and in some areas you will have to pinch yourself to remember that you're in the US. Regardless of which state you're visiting, you'll have to see it to believe it. From the ripe vines of Napa to the bustling streets of New York, you will leave your journey enriched with history and a glimpse into American culture.


THE

BASIC

STUFF

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 VISA WHAT NOTS

Most people will need to organize an ESTA visa which can be used during air and land crossing. The ESTA is around $14 USD and can be used for multiple trips over 2 years. The biggest benefit of the ESTA is it make your customs and immigration experience a lot faster. Keep in mind you're only able to stay for 90 days.

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GETTING AROUND

The USA is a huge land mass and if it wasn't for such a competitive market with airlines, it would be really expensive to travel. Lucky for travelers, most airlines having great specials if you're booking about 6 weeks in advance. There is also the Greybound bus service, Megabus and Bolt bus, all offering low rates between cities. Just be careful on Greyhound, there are plenty of characters.

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FAMOUS FOR

The USA is famous for almost everything, from Hollywood to Texan BBQ. If we have to pick just a few we'd say The Statue of Liberty,The Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Disneyland and Niagra Falls are some of the most popular sites to see. In terms of food, America is world famous for its huge portions of food that are tasty although rather unhealthy to consume.

MUST

SEE

WARNER BROS TOURS

If you want to get a feel for what it's like to be 'on set', then Warner Bros studio tour is a must see. The tour takes you about the world famous studio, where you'll see plenty of recognizable sets from film and tv shows. Learn about how sets are transformed into elaborate, new towns and cities as well as the chance to bump into some famous faces. A must see for any film and TV enthusiast.

DISNEYLAND

No matter how young or old you are, there will only be happy faces in Disneyland. It is everything you wished for plus much more. There are rides, cotton candy and plenty of mickey mouse paraphernalia. Make sure you do the classic 'It's a small world after all' and get a photo in front of the Disney castle. Get a good start to the day and always opt for the Fast Track pass to skip ride lines.

SMITHSONIAN

The group of museums that make up Smithsonian is one of Washington DC's highlights. Close to the city center is this cluster of museums that encompass all areas of American history and development. You can brush up African American history or even science and aviation, everything is worth seeing. Once of the best perks of the Smithsonian, is the price tag of entrance, free.

WHERE

TO

STAY

EMPIRE HOTEL,

NEW YORK CITY

Gossip girl fans will recognize the Empire as being Chuck Bass's Hotel as it was used throughout the show. Rooms are elegant, comfortable and well appointed. The location is convenient to Times Square and is only 2 blocks away from Central Park.

ACE HOTEL,

SEATTLE

   In the heart of Belltown, the ACE Hotel is great place to stay when visiting Seattle. The hotel is modern and offers a very minimalist decor. Bathrooms are shared but are so clean and well kept it doesn't matter. Close to everything and in the middle of plenty of food and drink options, we give it a big thumbs up.

AIR BNB,

EVERYWHERE

   US travel can be expensive so it's always a relief to get bargain accommodation. Air BnB< has proved the number one option time after time. The standard is always great and spending time with locals will give you valuable insight. Consider it as a much cleaner, more sophisticated hostel./span>

CASH

MONEY

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PENNY PINCHER

$60-$70USD A DAY

The USA is not always a cheap place to travel. Many of the big American cities will have large price tags attached to them. Hostel beds are usually around $30USD per night for a shared dorm. Considering you can find cheap Air Bnbs or motels for a similar price, which makes it seem pointless to share with a lot of others.

Food outside major cities is pretty cheap however healthy options can cost a little more. Make your own food and utilize bargain deals along the way. Bus travel can be cheap but it is sometimes safer and easier find good flight deals.

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A LIL SWAGGER

$80-$125 A DAY

  With a little more wiggle room you should be able to score a private room at an Air BnB. Food options will open up so make sure you try some of the areas local cuisine. Remember that you will need to include tax and tip when you're eating out more. There are plenty of attractions at every major city so spend a little extra for entertainment.

You should be able to get in to see a museum or a tour every few days within reason. With a little extra cash flow you should make the most of the Uber and Lyft services here and there. Why wait for buses if you can get a cheap ride?

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BIG PIMP'N

$200 A DAY+

$200USD a day will get you far in the states and allow you the option to experience a bit more of what the USA has to offer. You will be able to afford a modest hotel room with your budget or a private Air BnB. Blow out a little and try some decent restaurants during your stay. Mix it up with some modern food options and try and get something healthy into you.

Use the extra cash to check out a few more sights and perhaps even opt for a private tour. The extra budget room will come in handy in the big cities such as Las Vegas, LA and New York.

OTHER

FUN

STUFF

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EXCHANGE RATE

The USD is really strong worldwide, this makes exchanging your currency an important priority. For the best rates use ATMs but always arrive with about $50-$100 in US bills. If there any major drops in the US dollar then consider purchasing a little currency before leaving.

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TIPPING CULTURE

  The USA's service industry relies on the generosity of tips from customers. $1 tip for each basic drink you order is customary, a little more for handcrafted cocktails. 15% will cover good service and 18-20% is recommended for great service. For a lot of people working in the service industry, it's common to earn between $4-$6USD an hour.

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BIG PIMP'N

$200 A DAY+

$200USD a day will get you far in the states and allow you the option to experience a bit more of what the USA has to offer. You will be able to afford a modest hotel room with your budget or a private Air BnB. Blow out a little and try some decent restaurants during your stay. Mix it up with some modern food options and try and get something healthy into you.

Use the extra cash to check out a few more sights and perhaps even opt for a private tour. The extra budget room will come in handy in the big cities such as Las Vegas, LA and New York.

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