First time traveller needs advice!

Australia
September 23, 2008 8:35pm CST
I've never been out of Australia before and I plan to go to the States in January. It is short notice but I need to know what I need besides a passport and a visa and how long it takes to get each. I guess I also need travel insurance too... So I'd like to hear from experienced travellers about what else there is I may need to organise? Thanks!
7 responses
24 Sep 08
Hi coffeeshot, Well I wish you all the luck on your travel and I'm sure you will have a lot of fun, I have never been to America but I have been to some Europian countries for holidays, but one day I would love to go to the U.S.A so have fun when you get there, it only a few months now before you go so are you getting exceited? Tamara
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• Australia
25 Sep 08
Oh very excited! It's just a nightmare trying to figure out flights etc.
• Canada
24 Sep 08
It sounds like you have everything very well organized. I travel between Canada and the USa on a regular basis, and have spent more time on airplanes last year than on the ground! LOL You have mentioned everything that I take with me, besides the personal things that I want to take on the trip. You are very well prepared.
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• Australia
24 Sep 08
Your comment made me feel much more relaxed! I've hardly been anywhere in Australia and I've got 3 months to plan my first overseas trip!
@cupid74 (11397)
• Pakistan
24 Sep 08
Hi dear Thats nice that u r travelling Just make sure u have all of ur documents, credit cards, and check where u r going and foer how long, Pack ur bag according to the weather. Keep some general medicine with u. Try to keep only necessary things with u, Few Jeans and Few Shirt, 1-2 dreeses, that would be enough Wish u all the best
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• United States
24 Sep 08
I would take your medications and any medical equipment that you are using. When taking your medications you need to have them as a carry on. My sister who works for American Airlines told me never to let prescription medications in your check on luggage because medications get stolen out of suite cases. Where are you going to visit? I would recommend seeing Yosemite National Park if you are in CA and have time. I live 2 hours from there if you need a guide I use to live there. I would apply for a passport ASAP because in the USA it takes several months to get a passport after 911. Enjoy your trip.
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@stephcjh (32385)
• United States
24 Sep 08
I live in the United States and have never travelled outside of it either. I'm not sure how long it takes to obtain the passport or visa. I think it would happen for you fairly quick though, so you would not have to wait long for it.
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@ElicBxn (59911)
• United States
24 Sep 08
I've never had travel insurance - but I have health insurance so maybe I just never felt that I needed more. You can probably find anything you forget here easily - unless its presciption meds. let us know where you are travelling here in the states and maybe some of your mylot friends can try and meet ya!
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@maximax8 (27049)
24 Sep 08
I think that you should apply for a passport straight away and then a visa after that. Medical expenses are very expensive in the USA so very good cover on your travel insurance would be great. I advise thinking about reading a good quality travel guide book because the USA is large so it would be superb to have an idea of where you plan to go. I have been to California three times and to Hawaii once. I think Seattle would be a lovely city to go to. Also Boston, New York and Washington DC would be interesting places to go I think. I think that you should carry you passport and currency in a money belt hidden under your clothes. In January the weather would be quite cool to cold in most of the states except in tropical Florida and Hawaii. So I advise packing some warm clothes. I take a backpack and this suits me. Some other people take a suitcase or hold all bag. How long are you planning to travel for? Have you booked from flight there yet? Good luck planning your trip.