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Why the USA is a Must-Visit Destination

Having journeyed through the USA six times, I can confidently declare it as one of our favorite destinations. The country’s allure lies in its diversity; from the hip urban life in New York, the exhilarating madness of Las Vegas, to the awe-inspiring natural beauty of National Parks like Yellowstone. In this article, I’ve compiled all the essential tips to help you prepare for your unforgettable trip to the United States.

Essential Travel Tip: Don’t Forget Your Visa!

Traveling through the United States requires a visa, often referred to as an ESTA. However, it’s important to note that ESTA stands for “Electronic System for Travel Authorization”, which is the system used to apply for the visa. You must apply for this visa before you embark on your journey. You can apply for it yourself (ensure you have a credit card), or if you find the process daunting or complex, you can have it done for you online. The online process involves providing information in four steps, after which your ESTA will be requested.

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Prepare for Your Trip to the United States

Before setting off on your adventure, it’s essential to prepare adequately. Here are some tips to ensure your trip to the United States is smooth and hassle-free:

  • Check the validity of your passports
  • Apply for an ESTA or visa
  • Research the weather conditions during your travel period
  • Pack appropriate clothing and essentials

With these preparations in place, you’re all set to explore the enchanting Florida Keys with your kids.

Planning Your Route: The Most Exciting Part of the Preparation

Given the vastness of America, planning your route is crucial to make your trip unforgettable. My top advice is not to overdo it. Ensure you spend entire days at specific locations to truly appreciate and enjoy your surroundings! Tioga Tours offers an excellent route planner for both cars and campers. It provides precise driving hours and suggests multiple visit-worthy places in your area within driving range, after each step.

Need Navigation and Internet? Get a SIM Card

During our first camper tour through the States, we rented a Tom Tom, which turned out to be quite expensive. Now, with reliable navigation apps like Waze and Google Maps, we opt for a SIM card with data. This way, we always have navigation at hand and can share pictures with family and friends back home. However, ensure your phone is sim-lock free so you can use a SIM card from another provider. Pre-paid SIM cards and data can be purchased at large supermarkets like Walmart.

Pre-Book Your Accommodations

While it may seem counterintuitive for those seeking freedom in their travels, pre-booking your hotels or campsites can provide a sense of peace and ensure you secure a spot in the most picturesque locations. This is particularly true for campsites in National Parks, which tend to fill up quickly. To avoid disappointment, make sure to book ahead.

Planning Your Trip to the USA

Planning a trip to the USA can be an exciting yet daunting task. With so many places to visit and things to do, it’s essential to plan ahead. Here are some tips to help you prepare for your American adventure.

Booking Your Flights

When booking your flights, consider the time of year and the region you’re visiting. For instance, if you’re planning to visit the West Coast during the summer, it’s best to book your flights at least six months in advance. This will ensure you get the best deals and avoid the peak tourist season.


Accommodation in the USA can range from luxury hotels to budget-friendly campgrounds. If you’re planning to stay in national parks, it’s advisable to book your accommodation well in advance. This will ensure you secure a spot within the park, rather than having to stay outside. It’s also a good idea to book your first night’s accommodation in advance, allowing you to adjust to your surroundings and relax after your journey.

Money Matters

Remember, the USA does not accept Euro coins, so you’ll need to exchange your money for dollars. You can do this at the airport or once you arrive in the States. However, the exchange rates at airports are often less favorable than those in town. In the USA, credit cards are widely accepted, even for small purchases like ice cream or gum. Consider getting a credit card that offers travel rewards, such as the American Express Flying Blue card, to earn miles for free or discounted flights and hotels.

Preparing for your trip to the United States can be half the fun. Happy travels!


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