The U.S. is a country of 50 states covering a vast swath of North America, with Alaska in the northwest and Hawaii extending the nation’s presence into the Pacific Ocean. Major Atlantic Coast cities are New York, a global finance and culture center, and capital Washington, DC. Midwestern metropolis Chicago is known for influential architecture and on the west coast, Los Angeles’ Hollywood is famed for filmmaking.

Language: English

Visa: Visitors from Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and many EU countries don’t need visas for stays of less than 90 days. Other nations see

Currency: $ Dollar

Currency Exchange: Check your credit cards as some have free/cheaper exchange rates compared to getting cash at the airports. ATMs widely available. Credit cards accepted at most hotels, restaurants and shops.

Tipping: Tipping is not optional; only withhold tips in cases of outrageously bad service.

Weather: The weather in the USA varies. In the summer months (June-August) you can expect weather as hot as 30C (86F). In the winter months (November-March) the temperatures can get as low as -50C (-58F). The weather will vary depending on which state you are in.

Electricity: America’s electrical supply and electrical outlets (sockets, wall plugs) are type A and B. The standard voltage is 120 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz. Remember to grab a universal power plug adapter converting from EU, UK, CN, AUC to North American like this.

Transportation: Air, Rail, Bus, Ferry, Car, Public Transportation, Taxis, Walking & Cycling.

Things to remember: Despite its seemingly apocalyptic list of dangers – violent crime, riots, earthquakes, tornadoes – the USA is actually a pretty safe country to visit. The greatest danger for travelers is posed by car accidents (buckle up – it’s the law).

Heather is originally from the United States and Rebecca immigrated to the US in 2016. Read about their experiences here.