The United States is so vast and so diverse you could travel from coast-to-coast for years and not see everything the country has to offer.
As such, planning the perfect vacation to a US city can sometimes feel like a daunting task. And that’s especially true if you’re trying to travel on a tight budget.
On the plus side, you don’t have to be a seasoned globetrotter to have an amazing experience stateside. Just make sure to follow these four steps and you’ll be sure to have a wonderful time:
Handle the Logistics
#First and foremost, all would-be travellers need to sort out a few details in preparation for their trip. This list includes, but is not limited to:
- Asking for time off work
- Accommodations –– hotel/Airbnb
- Documentation –– passport/ID
- Purchasing tickets in advance for shows, concerts, plays, or sporting events
- Diligent Packing
Don’t schedule a long vacation anywhere without first getting all of your ducks in a row. If you fail to properly handle the logistical side of your trip, it could go off the rails before you know it.
Identify a Single City
Plain and simple, the US is much, much larger than countries in Europe.
Most cities in the US are separated by hundreds of miles, and it’s rarely feasible to visit multiple locations on a single trip.
Therefore, it’s usually better to determine which US city you’d most like to visit and explore it in depth.
New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles are the “big three” American cities in regard to population and tourism, but there are all sorts of alternative locations that are cheaper and (often) just as exciting. Boston, Washington D.C., Nashville, and Denver are just a few fantastic towns worth your time.
Keep Timing in Mind
Since the US encompasses so much area, each region of the country has a distinct climate.
As such, it behooves first-time visitors to do a little research to identify the ideal time for traveling on their trip.
For instance, it’s probably best to plan a holiday in Denver during ski season in order to enjoy the majestic beauty of the Rockies up close.
Let’s face it: America is all about excess.
The food, the tourist attractions, even the cities themselves can feel larger than life if you’ve never visited the US before.
The key to an awesome American vacation is to let yourself live a little. There’s nothing wrong with ordering a double cheeseburger with extra bacon, or enlisting a party bus company to shuttle you and your cohorts around for an evening out on the town.
In fact, going big is what makes a trip to the US so much fun in the first place! (Make sure you set aside plenty of time to hit the gym when you return home, though.