Holidays abroad can be a great choice of activities to do because there are so many things to enjoy. Of course, many of you want to experience a new atmosphere by enjoying food and culture that you have never encountered before.
The problem is, trips abroad are often hampered because they require a large amount of money. For those of you who have plans to travel to America but have a limited budget, here are some tips that you can try to apply.
Important Tips Before Traveling to the United States
Here are some tips for those of you who want to travel to the United States, namely
1. Buy tickets between February and April
For holidays abroad, airlines usually set ticket prices that vary from one month to another. This situation is influenced one of them by the level of crowds of tourist interest to visit.
For those of you who want to travel to the United States, choose the right time between February and April. Because in that month usually plane tickets to Uncle Sam’s country are at the lowest numbers.
2. Prepare a United States Visa
It is very important for those of you who are going to visit the United States for the first time to know what requirements must be prepared in obtaining a visa to the United States. Because without a visa, you will not be allowed to enter the United States.
Some of the conditions that you must prepare to get a visa are having a passport with a valid expiry date. If your passport has only six months remaining, it’s a good idea to renew your passport first before applying for a visa. In addition, keep in mind that applying for a visa requires a fee that you must prepare.
3. Look for Pocket-Friendly Destinations
When traveling to America, there are many tourist destinations that you can visit. Maybe some of them won’t cost you a lot of money or expensive entrance tickets, you can even find interesting tourist destinations with free admission.
Therefore, before deciding to take a vacation to America, it’s a good idea to find information in advance about tourist attractions that you can visit there that are within your budget.
4. Prepare Travel Insurance
The cost of health care in the United States is very expensive and even every year there are thousands of US citizens who file for bankruptcy because of medical debt. In extreme cases, patients who need medical care can incur costs of more than USD 20,000.
It is very important that you purchase travel insurance before traveling to the United States. This is for the anticipation of your own safety only.
5. There are Four Seasons in the United States
The United States has 4 seasons whose conditions have many differences from Indonesia. When you decide to take a vacation to America, make sure you already know what season is taking place there.
If you visit America from February to April, then it is spring so you can find interesting sights and a pleasant atmosphere to enjoy while on vacation. In that season you also don’t have to bother preparing lots of thick clothes, like when visiting in winter.
6. Use the Right Credit Card
Using the right credit card will of course greatly help you reduce travel costs. One way is to use a special traveling credit card.
This special travel card can help you with a number of special features and promos while traveling to the United States. Examples include free access to the Exclusive Lounge, discounted prices for purchasing airplane or hotel tickets and discounted transactions at several restaurants.
7. Try to stay in a hostel
When traveling to the United States and your funds are limited, there’s nothing wrong if you choose to stay in a hostel. Compared to a five-star hotel, hostels can save you more.
Even more so if you have friends or relatives to stop by while traveling in America. After all, when you are on vacation, of course you will be outside more often, so there is nothing wrong if you choose to stay in a hostel.
8. Provide Tips
There are no official rules regarding tipping because basically this is done voluntarily. Usually, tips are around 15-20% of the price of the meal and before checking the tip be sure to check whether the tip is included in the bill or not, especially if you are dining with 6 or more people.
Apart from that, you also have to tip the bartender for USD 1-2 per drink, the hotel maid service for USD 3-5 per night, the taxi driver for 10-15% and the Bellman for USD 1-2 per bag.
Estimated Cost of Traveling to the United States
Maybe you are wondering how much the allocation of funds must be prepared to be able to travel to the United States. Here is a rough estimate of the costs required:
1. Airline ticket
Indeed, the price of plane tickets for traveling to the United States is arguably quite expensive. However, if you are smart in choosing and ordering tickets in less crowded months, you can get prices in the range of 12 million rupiah.
2. Tourist Visa Fee
You must prepare a tourist visa to comply with American law. To get a tourist visa, you have to pay approximately 2.5 million rupiah. This tourist visa payment can be made through a bank that processes EF fees for visa payments.
3. Cost of Staying at the Hostel
If you have limited funds, avoid choosing a hotel to stay while traveling to the United States. As an alternative option, you can choose hostels to spend the night with rental fees ranging from IDR 800,000 to IDR 1.5 million per night.
If you intend to vacation for 5 days, then the estimated cost of lodging that you have to spend is IDR 4.5 million for lodging.
4. Accommodation and Recreation
To get a satisfying vacation in America with a minimal budget, you can prepare a budget of IDR 8,000,000. These costs are incurred as unforeseen transportation, recreation, food and emergency costs while traveling to the United States.
In the cost of accommodation and recreation, there’s nothing wrong with you bringing more funds so you don’t experience difficulties while on vacation in America. While on vacation, you should relax for a while and relax your body and not burden yourself with buying too many souvenirs because your goal in America is for a vacation.
Conclusion and Closing
So, those are some tips on traveling to the United States with a minimal budget that you can try. With the estimated costs that you have to spend above, you need to prepare around IDR 30 million to enjoy a pleasant vacation in the United States.