3 Tips for Your First Visit to the United States

The United States of America is one of the biggest countries in the world, with a huge number of visitors. In 2018, nearly 80 million international visitors came to the US either for a holiday, to look for jobs, or for business purposes. America is one of the most beautiful countries in the world with numerous modern cities to visit, landmarks to see, forests to explore, and sandy beaches to have a fun time.

In today’s world, where information is everything, we often forget about the most fundamental thing about travelling, which is being stressed free. So, to make your US trip more successful and less stressful, here are 3 tips you can use.

Look for Cheaper Accommodation

Whether you are going on a leisurely trip to the USA or looking to settle in for a long time, getting cheap accommodation is the first thing you should be looking for. To start with, you need to find a place that has access to public transport and malls nearby so that you don’t have to worry about travelling and eating. If you are planning a short stay, you can opt for motels or even rent a room through Airbnb. However, you should get an apartment or share a room with someone if you are here to stay for a long time.

Manage Money

One of the biggest complaints I hear from people is that it’s so hard to keep track of money in the USA. The banks have a hefty fee and transferring money costs a lot. Most of the expats living in America are people doing jobs or businessmen. From time to time, they need to send money back home or to their families. The only advice I have for them is to use Western Union. If you want to send money from the United States to any other country, you are not going to find an easier way than Western Union. You can either send money online, visit one of their locations and send money in person, send money over the phone, or use their mobile app to send money worldwide.

Get a Car

The USA is a very vast country, and in order for you to fully explore it, you are going to need a car. If you are planning to stay for a few days, I would recommend renting a car as it is the easiest and cheapest way to explore the local attractions. If you are here for a job, you should buy a car as soon as you can as cars aren’t that cheap here and you can ultimately save a lot of money and time. It a treat to drive around on open roads and highways in America and I’m sure you’ll love it.

The Bottom Line

Knowing a few key things before going to a new country comes in very handy. America is a land of opportunity for people who know what they want. If you keep these three tips in mind, you will have an ever better stay than you had imagined.

DVD Review “The Warring States”

Directed by: Chen Jin
Starring: Sun Honglei, Jing Tian, Francis Ng, Kim Hee-sun, Kiichi Nakai, Jiang Wu
Cinematography Hyung-ku Kim
Distributed by China Lion Film Distribution
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running time: 130 minutes

Overall Score: 1.5 out of 5 stars

Usually when it comes to epic historical foreign films, I am all over it but this film simply failed to entertain me at all past the first 15 minutes. I found it to be very slow moving and the story jumped all over the place. When there was action scenes, they were decent but there were no where enough of them. The locations where the films were shot were definitely beautiful. Overall I would not recommended anyone waste their time on this one. There are plenty of great period foreign films. Check out “13 Assassins” for one of the best movies of the year. Sorry a Mandarin audio track with English subtitles is not considered a bonus feature, especially when it is the only audio track.

Premise from official site (since don’t ask me to explain it): Sun Bin (Sun Hong-Lei, Mongol), purported descendant of the Art of War author Sun Tzu, is a brilliant military strategist steadily advancing in the ranks of war during China’s Warring States Period (fifth to third centuries BC). He’s believed to have the knowledge to defeat any opponent in battle. Not to be outdone, Sun’s brother, Pang Juan (Francis Ng, Exiled), secures a powerful military general position for himself and, in a jealous twist, frames Sun for treason. Sun begins a long journey to prison and back, and again up the ranks of war, finally ending as a top strategist and peer with his brother. The Warring States” follows the rivalry of these two brothers to the end, where both meet again on the battlefield, leading armies against each other in a fight to the death.