ESTA BLOG

01Mar2015

Escape the winter: March holidays in Hawaii

If you’re starting to get the impression that your life is surrounded by grey skies, it’s time for a trip to Hawaii! 
 

Hawaii is an archipelago made up of 178 islands, the most well known of which are Niihau, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe, Maui, Hawaii and Oahu. The latter is where the state’s capital, Honolulu, can be found, a well as the international airport.  It is also the most populated island; two thirds of Hawaiians live here.

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01Mar2015

The USA in 10 questions

Before you head off to the USA, test your knowledge on the country and get some daytrip ideas!

The USA doesn’t leave anybody indifferent, as there really are some many things to say about this country! The country draws so much attention from its Hollywood blockbusters, internationally renowned universities, its cultural diversity, etc. Always on the front page of the news, whether it’s due to its politics, economy or events, the USA are by far the country that…

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01Mar2015

Easter in the USA!

Easter is coming and every nation in the world celebrates the Holy Week in its own way, with unique traditions and customs. Find out what happens in the US throughout this holiday, and don’t forget to apply for your ESTA online before travelling! 

One renowned event in the USA is the ‘Easter Egg Roll’, a tradition led by the White House in Washington D.C., dedicated to encouraging children to lead active, healthy lifestyles. The tradition was opened to…

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01Mar2015

United States “coast to coast” with ESTA!

See the USA and explore every hidden corner, and do so cheaply on the train!

It’s true that not many Americans have the idea of exploring their country on the train. It’s not so surprising, as it’s a very long journey. The distance between New York and Los Angeles is some 2,500 miles, which is the equivalent of around 40 hours by car, not to mention the 3-hour time difference… I think it’s safe to say you’d have…

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01Mar2015

Tour Washington DC just as Prince Charles did recently

Like the heir to the throne, take a trip to the USA that’s worthy of kings!

Americans are big fans of our royal family, and seemingly President Barack Obama in particular, who recently welcomed Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall to the White House. According to the US president, their popularity is more important than that of local politicians.

Within a 4-day trip to the USA, destined to reinforce that ‘special relationship’ between the States…

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01Feb2015

Fall in love with the USA

Discover the best restaurants with the best views to celebrate Valentine’s Day in the USA.

Even more romantic than a candle-lit dinner, how about a tête-à-tête by twilight? The restaurants* that we’re suggesting here have the perfect décor and ambience for you to declare your love during a trip for two to the USA.

In Chicago, The Ledge is the perfect spot for a civilised meal. The restaurant offers modern American cuisine, along with special lunches…

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01Feb2015

The USA is open for transgender ESTA travellers

Prepare well for your trip to the USA when requesting your ESTA as a transgender person.

This week, Chelsea Manning, known for having provided Wikileaks with classified military documents, chose to follow a hormonal treatment to allow her to change gender.

Like the soldier, formerly known as Brad Manning, millions of men and women live as transgender people. This is the case for many famous Americans, of which the most well known cases tend to…

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01Jan2015

New Year’s Eve Report: Start the New Year in the USA

Discover the best cities for celebrating the New Year in the States! 

Many tourists think that there’s nowhere better than NYC for New Year's Eve, however, the USA has a huge variety of options for starting the new year in the way that suits you best. 

Atlanta:  Whereas in New York it’s a ball that drops from a tower at midnight, in Atlanta it’s a peach. The Peach Drop is a party that’s been celebrated every…

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01Jan2015

Kick start the New Year American Style

They may reach the New Year a few hours after us, but the USA has a vast selection of ways to welcome us into the new year.

Here we’ll showcase a few ideas that could tempt you into the States this year. As Brits, it’s very easy for us to travel to the USA under the Visa Waiver Programme, removing the hassle of applying for a visa. All you’ll need is an ESTA authorisation, which you receive within…

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01Jan2015

Ecotourism in the USA

As monarch butterflies will soon become a protected species in the USA, there is little time left to visit their observation sites in the States. 

The monarch butterfly is a species that is notably found in North America. Each year in autumn, millions of monarch butterflies take flight from Canada to migrate south towards the forests of the Mexican region of Michoacán. Their voyage takes around two months, during which they can migrate up to 5000 kilometres. That’s…

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01Jan2015

Trip to the USA - American Customs

This question launched on Reddit recently has been receiving an endless stream of replies:  What American customs seem outrageous/surprises you most?

In fact this is an interesting question if you are heading to the USA soon. Here we have compiled a selection of American habits and customs that set the non-Americans aside when they travel to the States. 

"Plus Tax": get used to this expression, which you will hear very often. As we’ve mentioned before, in…

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01Jan2015

A small measles outbreak at California's Disneyland.

The US health authorities have informed of an isolated outbreak of measles in the west of the country.

After visiting the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California, 42 tourists didn’t just come back with Mickey Mouse souvenirs, but measles too. Previously it was thought that measles had disappeared from American territory in the year 2000.

Even though the measles vaccine is compulsory in the USA, many parents choose not to vaccinate their children for personal reasons…

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01Dec2014

Tourism with the ESTA: How to behave in the USA

What should be avoided when you are on vacation in the USA? There are certainly some cultural differences between the UK and the USA, so take note of a few of them and prepare for your trip well!

Generally, US citizens are kind, direct and full of humour, and, above all, they are not afraid of self-mockery!

Straight to the point: People from the USA are direct, honest and don’t beat around the bush, which isn’t…

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01Dec2014

Christmas holidays: what to do in the USA

This December, there’s only one person who can cross the skies and head to the USA without a plane ticket or an ESTA. You know who it is: such a freedom can only belong to Father Christmas.

For the rest of us, without the ability to travel via sleigh led by reindeer, first of all we’ll need a return ticket to the USA if we are travelling as a tourist. As for travel authorisation, suffice to make…

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01Nov2014

Important Update Regarding ESTA

The application form for the Visa Waiver Program changed near the end of 2014.  We’ve provided a quick checklist of documents and information required during the application process.

As of November of 2014, the Department of Homeland Security has established new requirements for the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) application. All travellers from eligible Visa Waiver Program countries must provide the new required information. It is still a much preferable process than obtaining the traditional…

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