Tipping – Tipping is a lifestyle in the US. In restaurants tip 20% or up to 25% at a higher-end restaurant. Tip bar tenders to fix you a drink, baristas for your coffee and add roughly 10% to your taxi fare. Confirm tour gratuities with your local guide or if you are unsure what is appropriate. Power plugs – The electrical sockets in USA are designed to accommodate two rectangular prongs, sometimes with an additional grounding pin. An adapter is required for Australian and New Zealand appliances. The standard voltage is 120V, check if you need a current converter for your electrical items. Currency – The US dollar is used throughout the United States. Check with your bank for the options available to you (and fees involved) for accessing your funds overseas. Advise your bank of your travel plans to avoid having your transactions flagged or blocked while you are away on holidays.
What should I bring?
Layers layers layers – Depending on where you are visiting and when you are due to travel, you can expect very different temperatures throughout USA. To be best prepared, layers are the way to go! Include some lighter layers as a base or for warmer days, and some weatherproof outers for wind or rain. Comfortable shoes – Be prepared to spend all day on your feet sightseeing, so include some comfortable footwear. Choose a practical pair for exploring the outdoors, and a functional-yet-smart style for the evenings. Consider giving your shoes a waterproof spray before leaving home to protect them (and you) from the elements. Daypack – Include a lightweight daypack to take on your day trips, which can also double as your inflight carry on. Choose a style which zips up completely to keep your possessions safe and consider a waterproof material to protect your gear from the elements.
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US National Parks – The USA is home to some of the world's most breathtaking scenery and picturesque national parks. With the likes of Niagara Falls, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Yosemite National Park as well as Monument Valley (just to name a few) you will be treated to a spectacular backdrop for your tour through the USA. City lights – Visit the top of the Empire State Building, drive past the Lincoln Memorial at night, admire the backdrop the San Gabriel Mountains give LA and drive across the Golden Gate Bridge. These diverse cities light up after dark, each with a unique atmosphere. Immerse yourself in the buzz under a twinkling neon sky. American food – Pack your stretchy pants and get stuck into some all-American style feasts. Pick at some buffalo wings at a sports bar, try Mexican, make a mess with a rack of Texan BBQ Ribs, try classic New York Pizza or a hot dog off a corner stand, and finish with a slice of Apple Pie.