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I love America, there is no question that it is one of the most diverse countries in the entire world. There are so many ethnicities, as well as cities that are may seem as though you are in a completely different part of the world. It truly is a melting pot of culture that everyone should experience and I thought that I should write this article about visiting one of the greatest countries in the world, so read on to find out more.

Getting There

In terms of flights it really isn’t hard to find a flight to the United States, after all it is one of the most traveled destinations in the entire world! Therefore, I thought it might be a good idea to address entry requirements for the USA.

For most people, there is no requirement to get a visa to travel to the United States, but rather the Electronic System for Travel Authorization. It is more commonly known as the  ESTA. You can see a list of ESTA eligible nationalities here.

All you need to do is fill out some forms, but to be honest I prefer to get this done through an online agency, because it is much faster and easier. After all the agents that do this are very experienced in making sure all the forms are filled out correctly. I do know of some people being rejected for the ESTA because they filled something out incorrectly or did not understand the question. Also the turnaround for the site I used was very fast and convenient. In fact, I received the confirmation of my ESTA within minutes and this is great if you need to travel at a moment’s notice.

My Favourite Places

As I said before, there are so many unique cities in the United States and it wouldn’t be possible to talk about all of them, but here are some of my favourites.

New York City

You have not been to a large city until you have been to New York and the mixture of culture and lifestyle there is just amazing. There is no comparison to what you see in pictures compared to being there, it is just bigger than you could possibly imagine. There are quite literally skyscrapers as far as the eye can see!

I also love the food culture of New York with its huge mixture of American, European and Asian cuisine. There are undoubtedly some of the best restaurants on the planet, as well as other great food like a slice of New York pizza, which is probably going to be the best you have ever eaten. New York also has some of the best museums in the entire world, with the Guggenheim museum and Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) to name a few.

Los Angeles

Los Angeles is known the world over as the epitome of American culture and its amazing beach setting makes it one of the best places to visit in America. I especially like the great weather and the amazing food that has been heavily influenced by nearby Mexico. There really isn’t anything better than sitting on the beach in Santa Monica whilst eating a delicious Burrito. Los Angeles also has a huge cultural offering with places like the contemporary art museum and the enormous Getty Center.

New Orleans

Being in New Orleans, to me is like being in another world, you are in Cajun country and it shows. There is nothing quite like walking along Bourbon Street and enjoying the flair of the South with jazz music flowing from every street corner. This is perhaps the most fun and lively city that I have seen in my entire life. The Latin Quarter offers some great architecture, food and shopping.

Cajun cuisine is also world famous for its rich French roots and use of the freshest seafood possible. I love to eat Boudin, Gumbo and also the famous Po Boy. I think that the cuisine is some of the best that I have tried in the USA and perhaps the world!

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One thought on “Traveling To The USA: A Travel Guide

  1. Who Needs to Apply For The ESTA?
    Anyone wants to travel to the United States for business or pleasure for less than 90 days and belonging to certain countries needs to apply for the ESTA.
    The ESTA authorization is required for travellers to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program. So the primary eligibility criteria for the ESTA is that the applicant should be a passport holder of 38 countries and territories that have been granted Visa waiver.
    Countries eligible for ESTA
    As per 2018, 38 countries and territories are part of the Visa Waiver Program and hence they are eligible for the ESTA authorization
    List of ESTA countries
    • Andorra
    • Australia
    • Austria
    • Belgium
    • Brunei
    • Chile
    • Czech Republic
    • Denmark
    • Estonia
    • Finland
    • France
    • Germany
    • Greece
    • Hungary
    • Iceland
    • Ireland
    • Italy
    • Japan
    • Republic of Korea
    • Latvia
    • Liechtenstein
    • Lithuania
    • Luxembourg
    • Malta
    • Monaco
    • Netherlands
    • New Zealand
    • Norway
    • Portugal
    • San Marino
    • Singapore
    • Slovakia
    • Slovenia
    • Spain
    • Sweden
    • Switzerland
    • Taiwan
    • United Kingdom
    Some exemptions to ESTA countries
    In 2016 ESTAs of dual citizens of Iran, Iraq, Sudan and Syria have been revoked. ESTA holders who have travelled to Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen will face additional scrutiny.
    It is advisable to use a professional and accredited portal to apply for ESTA online.

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