In 2020 the majority of travel plans got put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but with news about progress in finding a vaccine, people are getting optimistic about being able to travel again in 2021. After missing out on so much in 2020, many people will be looking to make up for lost time with some amazing holiday adventures in 2021 and one of the top destinations is likely to be the USA.
There are so many great areas of the US to choose from, whether you are looking for a family theme park holiday, a city sightseeing trip or even outdoor adventures in one of the many, vast national parks. If you are thinking about planning a trip to the USA during 2021, these are some of the essential things you need to know:
The weather varies greatly across the country
If you are from a relatively small country, you are probably used to there being fairly similar weather climates from one side of the country to the other. However, the US is so big that the weather can be incredibly different from one side to the other. So, when you are deciding whether you want a hot beach holiday or a snowy landscape, you need to check the average weather type for the time of year you are planning to go, in the area that you are going to visit.
You need Travel Authorization
As well as having a valid passport to travel, you will also require some type of travel authorization to enter the US. The US operates a visa waiver program, where citizens from agreed countries are able to apply for an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) instead of the much longer process of applying for a visa. The ESTA USA allows travelers to apply online for travel authorization, as long as their trip is for business, tourism, medical or transit purposes and they are staying in the US for a period of no longer than 90 days.
Different laws in different states
Another thing you may need to be aware of is that the law can vary from one state to another. So, details such as traffic/driving laws and drinking laws are different across different states, so you might need to check local laws if you have any concerns.
Public transport in the US
In most tourist areas in the US, there are very good public transport systems, such as the subway in cities such as New York, Washington, Chicago and Boston. These are ideal for shorter journeys across the built up city area. There are also over ground trains covering a lot of the US tourist areas, while boats are also popular modes of transport in areas with significant waterways.
It is also worth noting that domestic flights within the US are usually quite reasonably priced compared to international flights, so if you were thinking about travelling from one area of the US to another on your trip, you might find flying is the fastest and most cost effective option.
Now is the perfect time to start planning your trip to the US, remembering all of these factors to help build your US holiday itinerary.