What else should I think about if I’m going to the States?
Here’s a few more travel facts to help you on your way:
Currency: The US dollar ($). Cash machines are widely available and credit and debit cards are predominantly used.
Vaccines: You should always make time to see your doctor at least one month before you travel. You shouldn’t need any other jabs as long as you’re up to date with the usual routine vaccinations you get in the UK. You might be advised to get a Tetanus jab or booster, which is usually free on the NHS.
Language: English (although you might find they spell things a little differently).
Tipping: You’ll be expected to tip. The only time you don’t have to tip is if you thought the service was diabolical. Here’s what you can expect to shell out in tips:
- airport and hotel porters – $2 per bag or $5 minimum per trolley
- bar staff – between 15-20% per round or a minimum of $1 per drink
- hotel maid service – between $2 and $4 per night
- waiting staff at restaurants – 15-20% unless a tip has already been added to the bill
- taxi drivers – between 10-15%
- parking attendants – a minimum of $2
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