No matter how well-travelled you are, you will always feel that mixture of apprehension and excitement at the prospect of travelling to a different country for the first time. If your destination happens to be the United States, you’ll need to get as much information as you can before departing, relating to both the journey as well as what you should do once you get there.
There are plenty of online resources that can help you get the guidance you need, but make sure they are credible and give you authentic, up-to-date information. Here are a few tips to set you in the right direction for your trip from New Zealand to the US.
Travellers from New Zealand are eligible for the Visa Waiver Program, so you only need to get an ESTA for entry instead of a visa. Security regulations were recently updated by the US government and it is important to know these in order to arrive at the airport in time for departure. Make sure you have all required documents with you while travelling.
At the Air New Zealand website you can obtain useful information on entry requirements, travel with children and more. An even more comprehensive site to get all the necessary guidelines on customs, security, VWP and other relevant matters is the official information PDF. Make sure you do not travel with any prohibited items as this will cause unnecessary delay and stress when you land in America, so reading the list of things you cannot take in your baggage and/or hand carry is essential. If you still need help, there are always airport staff available to assist you in boarding and departure from New Zealand.
If you are visiting the US for business, you’ll probably already have people waiting to guide you around, and those with relatives or friends in America will also have no trouble exploring the country. However, if you are a first-time visitor, it is best to know which state you would like to land in first and which landmarks you want to discover during your journey.
This Visit USA website is a handy source to get all kinds of information on the US, including travel requirements, destinations, weather, seasonal festivals and events, transport and accommodations. You can also learn from other travellers who have shared their experiences and discovered the lesser known wonders you shouldn’t miss. Make a list of entertainment, shopping and food spots that you want to discover on your trip.
It is best to get a tour package or city pass so that you don’t miss out on things worth exploring. City passes are also a good way to avoid ticket queues and get much cheaper rates for all attractions.
In this age of information overload, getting the help you need during your travels is not that difficult, as long you know how to cut through the noise and get guidance from authentic sources. Whether they are travel agents, tourist guides, airport officials or online websites.