United States of America

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USA branch FAQ

This branch covers: Mainland USA, Hawaii & Alaska

So many posts request the impossible - that a bunch of people who have never met you magically intuit how much you have to spend and what will make you happy on vacation, generally planning out your route for three months and helping you get discount flight reservations.

So, what can you do to get great travel advice?

1. Do your homework
The web is filled with basic information like how far it is from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon, or how to…

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Hai guys! ^_^

I'm currently conducting research into getting a J-1 visa after I graduate at the end of the year. The visa is designed for recent students to live/work/travel in the US for 12 months as a 'cultural exchange'. I will have completed a master of criminology, and pretty much hoping to work in a somewhat related field. Would anyone happen to have an idea of what the job market is like, or places I should look to find out? Particularly keen on the Chicago or Boston areas, they seem…

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My family and I have 9/10 days for a quick vacation. We are from nyc and we love national/state parks, but also city life. I want to come up with a road trip that is outdoorsy but has some culture. Here were some of my ideas -

portland Maine and arcadia national park
lake placid/ Adirondacks ( we have been and loved it)
drive to DC and then to shenandoah national park

Any ideas?? Thanks

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Saw something interesting on the BBC about a US government proposal last week to ask for your social media username when you apply for an ESTA or get an I-94W form when you enter by land under the VWP.

Travellers seeking visa waiver entry to the US may soon be asked to list their social media profiles - if a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposal is enacted.
An update to application forms would ask users to identify what social networks they use and their "social media identifier" such…

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Going from the extreme northwestern Indiana to the southeastern corner, we visiting the Ohio County Historical Museum in Rising Sun, Indiana. The report is here

Don.

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Hello,

My husband and I will be in New Orleans for 4-5 nights at the end of July. In early August, we are going from New Orleans to Miami. We can't decide whether to drive, or fly? Flying is obviously way faster and quite cheap. But just wondering if the drive is worth it at all? If we do drive, we would do it over 1-2 days, not longer.

Thanks in advance from a couple of Canadians!

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Hi there
My husband & I are staying in San Francisco for a week in October. Planning to spend about 4 days in SF itself & 3 days driving around the area. Looking at maybe staying in Alameda or Oakland (airbnb)& getting public transport into SF. Is this practical or will it just be too difficult staying at one of these places?

Any thoughts would be much appreciated & help us make some decisions!
Cheers