True American Sports: Part 1

When the declaration of independence was signed on July 4th, 1776, the country was a hybrid of cultures, originating from the European settlers and the Native American population. Of course, the USA is still very much a blend of a great number of cultures, but certain traditions and customs have managed to propagate throughout the whole country. Undoubtedly, sport is one of them.
Whilst all countries share a passion for sport, and sport itself being an…


Valentine’s Day in the USA

With Christmas over and done with, the next event to get to grips with is Valentine’s Day. If you’re still looking for a way to charm your other half, read on for a little American-themed inspiration. Apart from a little imagination, all you’ll need to get to the USA is your ESTA and a plane ticket! Here we’ll be taking a look at a few US cities and what they can offer you this February 14.

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US Security Updates and their effects on the ESTA

The Visa Waiver Programme makes travel to the USA a simple, easy process, for citizens of countries participating in the scheme. Instead of applying for a visa, passengers can apply for ESTA online (the Electronic System for Travel Authorization), which minimises the administrative procedure and applied for over the internet.
In order to keep this system running properly, the USA frequently revise their security measures, to ensure that they know exactly who is in the country and the… READ MORE

Living the American Christmas

We’ve all got a preconception of what Christmas in the USA is like. In fact, the way we treat the occasion is arguably heavily influenced by our American cousins, particularly in the commercial sense. Here we’ll be taking a look at some of the most iconic, curious and unmissable Christmas activities in the USA this year.


An integral part of the over-all “Christmas experience”, it would be impossible to mention Christmas in the USA without… READ MORE

The options and processes for travelling to the USA

With just a big old pond separating us, travelling to the USA is no major feat for UK citizens. Here we’ll be giving you the lowdown on how you can go about it, and what you’ll need to sort out in advance.

The traditional way for Brits to head stateside was to apply for a visa a couple of months before travelling. Now, this still applies in certain cases, but for most people travelling to the USA from…


Alcatraz prison reopens its doors to the general public

The historic prison of Alcatraz, located on the island of the same name in the bay of San Francisco, has just reopened its famous doors to the grand public.

Don’t worry! We are talking about the end of the former prison’s restorations (somewhere in the region of £2m), which had been going on for over a year. As well as restoring and modernising several buildings, the former Guardhouse was also made earthquake proof!

So, if you…


Interpreting your ESTA Application Status

Travelling to the USA under the Visa Waiver Programme is a simple and convenient way to visit as a tourist or on business. UK citizens qualify under this programme, and can apply for ESTA as an alternative to the more length process of acquiring a visa.

When you apply for ESTA online, you are asked a short but thorough set of questions that will determine your application status. One way or another, you will receive the status of…


Is the ESTA required if crossing the US border by car?

How is crossing the border by car different from flying into the USA?

So, you’re finally heading off on that much awaited and dreamed about summer holiday to the states? Fantastic, you’ll be pleased to know that it’s never been easier for us Brits to get into the USA, thanks to the American ESTA visa waiver programme. If this is your first trip to the states, it can’t hurt to remind you that the USA does not share…


Exploring Space from the United States

We have been exploring outer space for decades, with increasingly sophisticated tools that have allowed us to open our eyes to unknown realities. Such great achievements make us feel smaller and smaller when compared with the limitless universe that surrounds us.

News announced just a few days ago has alerted us to the fact that Earth may have an older ‘cousin', which is very similar in many aspects. NASA said that this planned, known as Kepler 452b, is…


The Visa Waiver Programme and the I-94 W form

A question many travellers ask before heading to the USA is whether they are required to fill in an I-94 W form in addition to their ESTA.

The I-94 W form used to be compulsory for ESTA authorisation holders. Nevertheless, since 2010, this is no longer the case. Several questions included in the ESTA application are those that feature on the I-94 W form, and therefore there is no need to repeat this information. It is important to…


Eco-friendly tourism in the United States

Climate change is now visible to all of us, increasingly damaging the environment, and, consequently, mankind. It is well-established knowledge that human activities are responsible for the major increase in global warming. Before it’s too late, and in order for future generations to not suffer from our mistakes, all countries need to put the brakes on greenhouse gas emissions, including carbon dioxide (CO2).

The United States are among the few countries not to join the "Kyoto Protocol" (an…


Tightroping the USA

What seems like a very bizarre sport to some has made news this week, as daredevil Nik Wallenda completed his longest tightrope walk ever at the Wisconsin State Fair. The 36-year-old acrobat comes from a long line of tightrope walkers, with six generations before him participating in the same, nail-biting activity.

Wallenda walked along 480 metres, suspended ten stories in the air. Having already walked across Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon, and between skyscrapers in Chicago, the…


Visit the beautiful Puerto Rico with the ESTA

Perhaps not everyone is aware that, along with an electronic passport, we brits require an ESTA to travel to the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico.

In fact, Puerto Rico (or rather the archipelago of Puerto Rico, made up of the main island and many other, smaller islands) is a non-incorporated territory of the United States, officially called the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, which allows self-government. This means that Puerto Rico enjoys some legal aspects of the United States…


Washington D.C. welcomes two furry new residents

Although not native to the USA, a zoo in Washington DC has welcome two new giant panda cubs into its population; and they required neither a visa nor an ESTA!

Unlike the UK, China do not currently form part of the Visa Waiver Programme. Nevertheless, the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington DC was home to the birth of two panda cubs last week, parented by giant pandas on loan from China. 

The news is particularly exciting…


Air travel to resume between the USA and Cuba

On July 20th, Washington DC and Havana will open embassies and restore full diplomatic relations between the USA and Cuba. Consequently, airlines and ship routes between both countries will be restored.

Since 1961, relations between the two countries have been turbulent, and their diplomatic missions have had to be conducted under the legal protection of Switzerland. Since ties were severed 54 years ago, after the USA imposed a trade embargo on Cuba, it has been notoriously difficult for…