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 ESTA 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…

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01Nov2014

Christmas holiday in the USA with ESTA

The holiday season is approaching: find out which food products you can take to the USA to share a typical Christmas dinner with your close ones.

Once you have your ESTA authorisation and plane ticket in your pocket, all that’s left is to pack your bags and head to the States to have an unforgettable Christmas period.

Looking forward to Yorkshire puddings, pigs in blankets and Christmas pudding? Before you prepare your taste buds, find out…

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01Nov2014

USA's winter of 2014 filled with inclement weather

Mid-november, winter appears to have already set itself up fully across the USA. At the start of the year, the first cold spell affected the whole country. 

Everything is ready for your trip to the USA: ESTA authorisation in your pocket, plane tickets purchased, hotel reserved… But have you checked the weather? If you are heading to the states soon, it might be a good idea to repack!

Hat, gloves and a thick coat might be…

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01Oct2014

Short courses in the USA with an ESTA

Considering informal study and enrichment experiences while travelling? Learning Holidays are easy with ESTA.

The USA is renowned for its education facilities, and is an increasingly popular destination for students. Do you want to touch up on a skill, or get an introductory course for something you’ve always wanted to learn?

Well, for short programmes of less than 18 hours per week, and for less than a total duration of 90 days, you don’t need to…

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01Oct2014

An adrenaline filled trip to the USA

To get on a plane headed to the USA, essentially, all you need is a return ticket, your passport, and an ESTA authorisation to your name. 

On the other hand, to ride one of the many roller coasters that the US has to offer, you will also need a fair amount of courage… Comparatively, the plane journey seems like child’s play.

‘Amusement Today’ is a magazine that brings you all of the latest in the world…

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01Oct2014

USA – open to all, well, almost…

Whilst British citizens can go to the USA easily with the ESTA, there’s one man who can only see his country through the eyes of a statue. 

This week, a statue of Edward Snowden was paraded around Manhattan. For the infamous American computer professional, this is the only way for him to see his own country, as he is no longer allowed to set foot on US soil.

On the other hand, as a British citizen…

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01Sep2014

The 9/11 Memorial Museum - a must see landmark

Amidst some controversy, the President of the United States, Barack Obama, has inaugurated the long awaited 9/11 Memorial Museum. A visit to the memorial will certainly not leave you unmoved during your trip to New York. 

In southern Manhattan, works have been going on for over eight years, and many reasons have delayed its inauguration, but on May 15, the 9/11 Memorial Museum opened its doors to visitors. The enormous underground structure has been built on the same…

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