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Over 55's Guide to Travelling the USA

Over 55S Guide To USA

If you’re planning a trip to the USA, there are certain things you may want to consider during the planning stages.

Especially if you’re over 55, and require some sort of special medical travel insurance. There may be a few additional factors that you need to think about.

At Medical Travel Compared, we’ve considered all of those factors and have pulled together a guide for specifically for over 55’s travelling the USA.

Are You a First-Time Visitor? Here’s What You Need to Know about Visas

If you’re a frequent traveller to the USA, you’ll know all about the visa process and passport requirements.

However, if this is your first time travelling to the country, you’ll need to be aware of all the different rules.

One of which is that you need at least 6 months left on your passport before entering the USA.

You also need a tourist visa.

You can visit the gov.uk website for all the necessary information on passport and visa requirements.

It is likely that you will qualify for the Visa Waiver Programme, which allows British nationals to travel to the US for up to 90 days for tourism purposes, without an extensive visa application process.

This is subject to specific terms and conditions, and it’s always recommended to speak to a travel advisor if you are unsure.  

Travel Insurance Perfect for Over 55s

When you reach a certain age, travel insurance premiums can go up, especially for long-haul trips to destinations outside of Europe.

This means finding the right travel insurance for your US trip becomes more challenging due to limited options.

With Medical Travel Compared, however, we have you covered. You can find the right travel insurance for you, with our specialist senior travel insurance.

If you have a pre-exiting medical condition, flying long-haul to the USA can be daunting.

We’ve got all the information you need on annual travel insurance for frequent travellers with pre-existing conditions, to take some of that pre-holiday worry away. 

Planning Your Destination – Where Will You Visit?

Map Of Usa

Travelling the USA can encompass many styles of tourism.

You might fancy a long weekend in New York City, filled with touristy excursions and activities.

Or, you might prefer a multi-stop tour that involves visiting multiple states.

Picking the destination of your USA trip is one of the best parts of travel planning.

With 50 states to tour, covering 6 different time zones, there truly is a destination for all within the United States. 

Sunshine and Sunsets – the Pacific Coast of the USA

For travellers looking for sunshine and sunsets, the southern pacific coast is the perfect place.

Travel the coast of California, from San Diego in the south, to San Francisco and Sacramento in the North. Enjoy the beautiful Californian vineyards that litter this state.

Or, you can pop into Arizona to visit the Grand Canyon. Alternatively, follow the coast north into Oregon and spend some time exploring the city of Portland.

But, whatever you do, don’t forget your camera. These sunsets are ones you’ll want to remember forever!

Silhouette In Sunset

The Eastern Seaboard of the USA

Are you a lover of all things nature?

Whether it’s mountain hikes or sandy beaches, the Eastern Seaboard is exactly the destination you’re looking for.

This area of the US spans the full length of the East Coast along the Atlantic Ocean, and there is simply something for everyone.

Take a note from Bill Bryson’s ‘A Walk in the Woods’, and hike a short length of the Appalachian Trail, or spend a weekend enjoying the rolling sand dunes and fresh seafood in The Hamptons whilst experiencing New England.

New Orleans and the Deep-South

Man Playing Violin

Another spot worth considering is Louisiana. If you’ve always wanted to see New Orleans, and experience the annual Mardi Gras, now is your chance.

Spend some time on the banks of the Mississippi River getting to know New Orleans distinct cultural histories.

And enjoy the French Quarter. Escape reality for a night of 1920’s style jazz, and authentic prohibition speak easy bars filled with bourbon.  

Get Yourself a Travel Guide

If you’re struggling to decide, and don’t know whether the mid-west or deep-south is more your style, why not pick yourself up a copy of the USA Lonely Planet guide, or The Rough Guides ‘Rough Guide’ to the USA?

You’ll find all the information you need to pick out the perfect spots for your trip to the USA.

If you already know roughly where you’d like to travel, grab yourself either a Western USA or Eastern USA Lonely Planet guide, for information tailored more towards the area you plan on travelling.

Accessibility in the USA

If you’re travelling to the USA with a physical disability, then you’ll want extra assurances that the destination you’ll be visiting is accessible.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires all public buildings in the country, that were built after 1993, to have wheelchair access.

This includes most tourist amenities such as hotels and restaurants, along with theatres and museums.

Medical Travel Insurance for the USA

It is not mandatory to have travel insurance before travelling to the USA, but it is always recommended that before taking any trip overseas you get the right coverage for all your specific needs.

If you travel without the necessary travel insurance, and fall ill or have an accident whilst on holiday, your perfectly planned trip can quickly become a less than perfect one, and you can incur unexpected and expensive medical costs.

Medical costs that you could incur whilst overseas can be very expensive, especially in countries that do not offer a health service similar to that of the UK.

This happens to include the United States.

A good travel insurance policy will cover these costs, along with cancellations and other events that may mean you can’t travel.

Find out more about specialist medical travel insurance from Medical Travel Compared.

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