Work and Wellbeing · 23 May 2022

Traveling to the USA with Kids: 9 Best Vacation Tips

America is one place a lot of people will like to visit at least once in their lifetime. I was blown away the first time I visited. Coming from someone like me who’s lived in Europe all my life, that’s saying a lot.

It’s been a while since I last visited, but I’m definitely itching to visit soon. The country itself has a lot of diverse destinations, attractions, and accommodations for both family and friends. Mention a few places: the Glacier national park, Muli, the statue of liberty, and many more places you could visit.

I see vacations as opportunities to recharge and create memories with family and friends alike. It could also serve as a way for getting closer with your children and partner.

Traveling can enlighten your kids and give them a better understanding of different cultures and lifestyles. Yes, I also know how overwhelming and stressful it can be to travel with kids from packing bags and ensuring their safety.

That’s why I will be giving you the ten best vacation tips (fun & safety) for traveling with kids.

Before I give you the tips, we first have to talk about the visa process before you and your family can go on a vacation in the USA. The Visa process can be very frustrating as you have to wait for days and go for interviews. Most times, a lot of people get rejected or denied.

Luckily, not everyone needs to go through such rigorous and time-consuming procedures anymore.

Have you heard of the ESTA USA? I bet you haven’t. A lot of people waste their time on the traditional visa application when they could go for an ESTA USA.

So, what is the ESTA?

The ESTA means Electronic System for Travel Authorization, ESTA USA is a form of permit given to travelers to come inside the country. So, if you are planning to go for a vacation in the USA and you do not want any form of delay, I advise you to go for the ESTA USA.

The ESTA application is open to:

  1. Businessmen going to America for business purposes.
  2. It can also be used by travelers coming to America for tourism.
  3. It is also used in transiting people through the US.
The American government introduced the ESTA application to encourage tourists and business minds from certain countries to come into the US.

(check if your country falls into this category before applying).

You can carry out the ESTA application process online, and it doesn’t take you more than 72- hours compared to other American visas; easy, right?

The ESTA application is open to:

  1. Businessmen going to America for business purposes.
  2. It can also be used by travelers coming to America for tourism.
  3. It is also used in transiting people through the US.
Do you want to know another interesting thing about the ESTA USA? Well, the visa permit is valid for two years after the first ESTA application. You can enter and exit the US as many times as you want, as far you don’t stay for more than 90 days per visit.

In all, if you are looking for a visa that will suit your vacation plan in the US, I believe that the ESTA USA should be topping your list.

Now that we know about the ESTA USA, let’s continue with the necessary tips for traveling to the USA with a kid.

Tips for traveling to the USA with kids

  1. Pick a destination
  2. Get your passport ready
  3. Look for Accommodations
  4. Packing
  5. Plan your flight
  6. Get your tickets
  7. Plan your activities
  8. Stock up on snacks
  9. Reduce screen activities

Pick a destination:

It’s important to pick a destination before you embark on a vacation, especially if you are going with kids. You could plan where you want to visit as a family so that everybody is carried along.

Remember you are going with kids and not just adults, so you will have to look for a place that will be entertaining for both adults and kids alike. It is important to ask questions in case you want to relax on the beach, want an adventure-packed nature getaway, or seek an urban escape. This listed question will help you decide where you want to visit with your family.

Well, since it’s a vacation with kids, think of spots in your destination that have beaches and parks.

Get your passport:

After planning where you will visit with your family, it’s time to get your passport. If you don’t have one, you will have to visit your country’s immigration office. Your children will also need passports to be able to travel internationally.

Children under the age of 16 must apply for or renew their passports in person. Both parents or guardians must be present in person, or you provide a notarized letter to the parent.

It is also important to check your passport to know when it will expire and if it’s due for renewal. Some countries have a certain number of years or months that must be on your passport before you can get a visa permit.

Look for Accommodation:

Now, it is time to book your accommodation for your family. Most people would rather book hotels to stay in. It may cost more depending on the size of your family. I will advise you to rent a house for you and your family to stay in. Both Airbnb and Flip Key provide a wide range of options in all price ranges.

Renting a home is a good idea if you’re on a tight budget because you can use the kitchen to save money on dining out. In addition, if you’re traveling with extended family and want to spread out while still having joint space for some family time, a rental may be the best option.

The disadvantage is that you will miss out on the facilities such as a pool with waterslides.


 
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Uday Tank is a serial entrepreneur and content marketing leader who serves the international community at Rankwisely. He enjoys writing, including marketing, productivity, business, diversity, and management.

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