I have been lucky enough to visit the USA several times and it never fails to impress me. I fell in love with this vast country on my first trip to New York, each time I have left to fly home I am planning my next USA destination.

With flights being offered at such competitive rates these days you are just one click away from finding an amazing bargain. Make sure you do your research and have a look at the comparison sites – one good tip is to sign up to as many newsletters from airlines so you don’t miss out on a great bargain. I flew from London last time and could believe how cheap it was!

Once you’ve sorted your flights out to the USA, or anywhere in the world for that matter, the next thing to think about is visas. I have always run in to visa issues when travelling the world but getting in to the USA is so easy if you know what to do. The best thing to do is use ESTA – Electronic System for Travel Authorization. If you are from an eligible country you can use ESTA to apply for the visa waiver programme before you travel. This allows you to travel without a visa when you’re heading to the USA because after a successful application you will receive approved travel authorization. The good news is that you can complete all of this online, so there’s no rushing around office trying to get things done. It’s a simple application process and quick, leaving more time to plan your trip.

Once you’ve completed all the flights and visa paperwork it’s time to start looking forward to your trip in the USA. So, what’s waiting for you on the other side and why do I love the place so much?

The People

I always thought that people would be the same as they were from back home in London, but I was wrong. I was blown away by how friendly people are and how welcome they make you feel. I found that the people I met were very talkative and also took a genuine interest when talking to me. The local people can be a huge factor as to whether you enjoy your holiday or not – in the USA the people make the holiday even more special.

The Food

If you’re planning to be healthy or stick to a diet plan then you can find food in abundance over there. However, I think it’s a crime to go all the way over to the USA and not eat as much as you possibly can. From breakfast all the way through to dinner you are spoiled with the amount of food you’re given. I could have sat in the hotel in New York eating breakfast for hours because there was so much. I think the thing everyone should be eating is burgers, there’s no place better in the world than the USA. Ask the lobby or concierge where the best burgers in town are, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

It’s Familiarity 

The majority of us have grown up with American culture all around us, most of it we see on the television and in movies. It feels very special visiting cities and sites that you have seen several times on the big screen. Times Square, The Empire State Building, The White House, The Golden Gate Bridge, Hollywood’s famous sign and much more. They look much better in real life than on screen!

Are you planning to go there soon? It would be great to here about your plans and what you’re looking forward to. Have you been to the USA in the past? Tell us all about what you enjoyed about the country, your tips and advice. All you have to do is pop your thoughts in the comment section below this post. As a travel community we can help each other out by sharing things we have learned whilst on the road, plus I love reading what you guys have to say.

The USA is the place to be this summer