For travellers to the U.S, there are a thousand “top-tip” lists spread across the internet that, while perennially useful, often repeat the same common-sense rules that most travellers already hold dear. However, a few very important tips are repeatedly forgotten on these lists and we’re here to reset the balance. Take a look at out 5 alternative tips to hassle free travel in the “land of the free”.
For those looking for a little extra security on their luggage, then padlocks are a great go-to solution. However, in the US, due to strictly enforced security measures, you may find your common-or-garden Abus in pieces upon collection. The only way to avoid such wanton destruction is to use TSA approved locks that are opened with airport security’s master key.
100 Dollar Bills Ya’ll
Unlike Jay-Z who probably tips in $100 bills, most of us are content to pay for services in increments of $1. For this reason, it helps to have a stash of dollar bills handy to save the awkward fumbling through your wallet or purse when the outstretched hand appears. As an added bonus, it will also keep sticky-fingered individuals becoming privy to your entire holiday budget.
Watch your Words
You’d be amazed at the amount of people who think good airport jokes involve a wry smile and sarcastic confession of concealed explosives. Sadly, airport security is notoriously po-faced and it is more likely that you’ll receive a cavity search in place of appreciative applause. Seriously though, a few individuals have been refused entry to the US thanks to careless comments on Twitter alone.
International travel’s equivalent of a hall pass means you’ll have no problems from the immigration “hall monitors” when you land. Even countries such as the UK and Australia, who are part of the visa waiver program, require an ESTA. Anyone looking to immigrate or stay in the USA for the foreseeable future will also need a green card, more information can be found on this great site about the whole process.
National Park Pass
Anyone looking to experience the great outdoors should invest in a national park pass for just $80. The pass is valid for one year from the purchase date and gives the holder access to more than 2,000 recreation areas throughout the US. A bargain when you consider entry to the Grand Canyon alone costs $37 with a car.