“Ladies and gentlemen, we have just been permitted to land at the John F. Kennedy Airport, Welcome to the United States of America” - how sweet that sounds. 

Undeniably, the US is a land of opportunities. Although, it is very difficult to believe that you can experience the United States without achieving your set goals. 

Irrespective of whether those goals are tourism, work, business or study-related. Written below is a list of things that can prove useful to know on this adventure.

1. THE PRE-TRAVEL CHECKLIST

The most essential document for any trip across the borders of the US is the Visa,(that is not saying any document requested is not important). However, before the purchase of the trip ticket, ensuring your visa is issued, criticizing its validity, and confirming it is within your possession is the obvious and wise first step. This step includes knowing the type of visa to use.

There are two major types of visas: Immigrant Visas and Non-immigrant visas. Immigrant visas are for aspiring permanent residents of the United States of America. 

Non-immigrant visas, on the other hand, are issued to people who plan to realize certain goals in the United States e.g. work, business, school, tourism, visit, etc. It is important to know that visas are by no means guarantees for entry into the United State. It simply indicates that a United State consular office has acknowledged your permission for entry.

An improved alternative is the ESTA online portal, which provides cover for entry within the limits of the Visa Waiver Program. Confirming the validity of the other required documents: the passport, permission letters, health certification (in case pets are carried along), evidence of exchange visitor status, etc. all depend on the purpose of visit.

2. AT THE AIRPORT

Unless of situations where pre-clearance is provided by the airport in use, the queue existing for clearance is extensive and requires a lot of patience. 

This includes the trips which the secondary terminus is the US (i.e. journeys where the United States is not the main destination but is a terminus on the way to that location.

3. WEATHER

The weather in the United States is wildly dependent on the geographical location of the area, its latitude difference, and the varying geographic features within its zone. 

Its extreme climate should lie between sub-arctic, oceanic, humid continental and humid subtropical climates

4. BREATHE

Regardless of the purpose of the visit, it is just not sufficient to pass through a place with such a rich vein of history. In conjunction, there are remarkable areas that simply must be explored for the unique experiences they offer. 

A quick trip across the Grand Canyon to offer yourself an aerial view of its wonderful sight will register as an unforgettable experience and although Las Vegas appeals most to those of more risqué dispositions, the energy there embodied by the endless possibilities therein. 

Eating out at “Lou Mitchell’s” or “Chuck wagon Dinner” might give you extra value with your food because of their history. Of course, asking natives for assistance in planning how best to enjoy these moments could provide a more enjoyable package

Published by Mary Fontenot