Hundreds of thousands of tourists travel from all across the world to check out the U.S.A every year. From the East Coast to the West Coast you will find people from a wide array of countries taking the trip of a lifetime away from their homeland. So consider yourself lucky that you have such an amazing array of states, cities and landscapes essentially on your doorstep. Why not explore your homeland properly before jetting off overseas for adventures further afield. Here’s everything you need to know to ensure that your trip is safe, happy and fulfilling.
First things first, you need to ensure that you have as thorough a plan ready as you would have if you were planning on exploring more unfamiliar territories. After all, you’ll still be in new towns and cities and should have a good plan of where you want to go and in what order. This will help you to organise your time more efficiently and also save on travel costs, as you can work your way from one city to a neighbouring city rather than travelling back and forth across the expanse of America. So, mark out cities on a map and note down what you want to do in each place. Doing your research will help. 25 Best things to do in Dallas will help you to see all of the local activities and sights. Similar lists will also help you out with other locations on your list.
Once you know where you’re heading, you need to decide on your mode of transport. Flights may be faster and more convenient for getting from A to B, but you should bear in mind that half of the adventure is the journey itself. So if you have a licence and the time, consider an extended road trip. As long as you have the right travel buddy and are sufficiently organised, this could truly become the trip of a lifetime, cruising through stunning landscapes that you’d miss out on during a flight is extremely rewarding. Alternatives could even include doing stints of the journey by motorcycle or other more adventurous means.
Now safety may not be the most fun topic but it certainly is an essential one. You need to keep your own health and wellbeing as a priority at all times. This can include common sense, such as avoiding travelling alone, skipping notoriously dangerous areas, ensuring that your tank is always full of gas (if travelling by car) and taking regular rest breaks so as not to overwhelm yourself. Another key safety practice is ensuring that you have valid health insurance at all times and insurance on your belongings. This means that if the worst is to happen or you find your items are lost, broken or stolen en route, you will be able to cover the costs once you’re back home.
Once you’ve checked all of these steps, you’re pretty much set to go. Pack your bags and head out on your wild, homegrown adventure. You will be able to see exactly why America brings so many people in on an annual basis.