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The USA is a fantastic place to visit! There is SO much to see and do and  there really is something for every type of traveller. Here are a few quick tips to get you started!

1. There’s an App for that!

Apps are fantastic to use in the USA, and there’s practically one for every situation. From apps that guide you around museums and attractions, through to apps that notify you when you’re near a clothing store having a sale – there’s an app to help you make the most of your trip!

2. The food is fantastic.

The USA may be the home of McDonalds and Burger King, but if you stick to burgers and fries you’ll be missing out on some amazing food! If you’re looking for a place to eat, download the Yelp App and you’ll soon find the locations and ratings of the local restaurants/cafes/delis near you. It’s a great way to explore the city and experience great food at the same time.

3. Don’t forget to allow for sales tax when you shop.

That amount on the price tag is not what you’ll actually pay. Unlike New Zealand, prices in the USA generally exclude sales tax (and the tax rate varies depending from city to city and state to state). To be safe, add an additional 10% to the price tag, this will give you a rough guide.

4. Tipping – how much?

How much should you tip? If you’re given a bill to pay (eg at a restaurant), an easy way to calculate your tip is to take the amount of tax on your bill and double it, this will give you a rough figure. Some establishments will automatically add on a tip to your bill, keep an eye out for this, or you may end up tipping twice!