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ESTA Made This Adventure Possible


While planning the trip to the US, there are a lot of problems that you might come across. Booking flights, coaches, hotels, car rentals, all kinds of issues can arise. Potentiall­y, the most problemati­c comes in the form of a US visa. Well, thankfully, that wasn’t the case for this adventure.

Luckily, being from the UK, Jono and I were able to travel to the US without a visa. Instead, we acquired the little-known resource called the ESTA ( www.estaform.org). With the ESTA, you can travel to the US for up to 90 days as a tourist or to conduct business. Quite convenient then considerin­g that we had planned a three-month adventure.

The ESTA applicatio­n is completed online, so there is no need to even leave your house, nevermind traveling to an embassy. The online applicatio­n takes around 30 minutes from start to finish. Shortly thereafter, you should receive your travel authorizat­ion. You can find out by checking your ESTA status on the US Government ESTA website.

It’s not just the people from the UK that this resource is available for either, there are 38 countries that are eligible to travel to the US using ESTA. How much is an ESTA? Just USD14.

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