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The United States of America is a country in North America.

Transport

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  • Wanderu is a ground transport metasearch website that helps travelers find and book inter-city bus and train travel.

Companies


Accommodation

Find info on hosp ex at Couchwiki.

boondocking.org offers a web application which will allow you to enter GPS coordinates for your favorite camping spots (only those accessible with vehicles), and find spots near your current location. Combining a mapping program and a GPS, now you should always be able to find free camping on your favorite public or private lands.

Meet fellow travellers on hospitality exchange networks: Trustroots, BeWelcome

Food

Find info on dumpster diving at Trashwiki.

Check info on dumpster diving in Trashwiki.

If you are friendly, people who pick you up will offer to buy you food quite a lot. Additionally, a lot of people will throw you some bucks to eat and even give you shelter if its late at night. From change up to $100. An anonymous hitchhiker has been given $100 dollars twice, and they have been given $60 dollars several times as has Zenit... If you are looking for monetary gifts, the key is the right type of answer when they ask, concernedly, what you do to eat - "Naw, we're pretty much all right, we got *some* money." (emphasizing the "some" slightly)- if they've asked this question and you answer this way you'll basically always get a friendly handout - for which you should thank them profusely, of course. :)
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Chaelsite crossing a bridge in Oregon, August 2009

For vegetarians and especially for vegans traveling between cities, times can be hard. Zenit for one has sustained himself mostly on chips and granola bars for weeks at a time in the Mid West, however if you are looking in right places you can always find vegan food like cheese and bean burritos, biscuit, cheese pizza etc. You can even ask restaurants to remove the meat part from the meal,

Once you open your mind to it, there are actually many opportunities for dumpster diving in urban areas. Port cities are especially good. Note, however that dumpster diving is in a similar sort of gray area as hitchhiking, with local legality depending on the particular state's laws, and the prevalent attitudes of local law enforcement officers.

Grocery stores and gas station(with fast food)are prime targets for food (Trader Joe's or Starbucks are especially likely to have an unlocked dumpster, and has lots of organics). Grocery stores cannot sell packaged foods past their expiration date, and so throw them away still wrapped in dumpsters behind the store.

Another great place to dive is food distribution centers. As they supply restaurants, their food comes in bulk and they throw out their food sometimes days before the expiration date. Google Maps can help you turn up locations. Check Trashwiki for detailed information on dumpster diving in the United States.

Drink: It is often possible to retrieve used cups from the trash at fast food restaurants with "free refill" policies and refill them. Otherwise, American water is just as free and healthy as any other country of the world.

Connectivity

Best deal available is to order a SIM card online before arriving in the US. Good deals from ptel.com and Walmart's StraightTalk. They may need a US credit card, ptel does. Buying airtime for ptel can be tricky, check locations beforehand. The Walmart sim card can be ordered and delivered to a Walmart store in a few days, then you can pick it up once you arrive in the country. You can get refills with a foreign credit card from PrepaidWireless.com but you need a US phone number to receive a call to verify your account.

T-mobile will hit you with a $10 charge to activate a sim. AT&T will charge 10c/minute, but then 5c/KB for data.

readysim.com will ship a US sim anywhere in the world, ready to go when you arrive. Plans are not the cheapest, but not outrageously expensive.

GoSmartMobile (T-Mobile subsidiary) is even cheaper than Walmart's Straight Talk network. $40 for 3GB of data, $45 for 5GB. Not sure how you physically get hold of the sim card though.

Busking

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Visa

The United States have a pretty strict visa policy.

  • Depends on your nationality. If your country is in the Visa Waiver Program, you don't need a visa for short tourist visits (up to 90 days) unless you have a criminal record or were deported from the US before.
  • If your country is not in the VWP, you have to apply at your nearest US embassy for a visa. Your friend may need to write a letter of support, confirming that he will provide you with accommodation for the duration of your stay.
  • The embassy in your country should have information specific for your nationality. Embassy information is here http://usembassy.state.gov/

Passport

Tourists must hold a passport valid for a least 6 months to travel to US.

Visa requirements

  • Required by all except the following:

(a) citizens of countries under the Visa Waiver Program
(b) 1. nationals of Bermuda and Canada, provided holding valid passports;
(c) nationals of Mexico, provided holding a valid passport and a US Border Crossing Card.

Types of visa and cost

The following is a list of the most commonly requested types of visas:

B - Temporary visitor for business or pleasure
C - Transit through U.S.
D - Crew (airline/ship)
F - Student (academic or language program)
H - Individuals in specialty occupations (e.g. nurses)
I - Journalists
J - Exchange visitor
K - Fiancé(e) of U.S. citizen
L - Intra-company transfer
M - Student in vocational or recognized non-academic program
O - Individuals with extraordinary ability in sciences, arts, education, business, athletics
Q - Participant in an international cultural program
R - Religious workers

Useful tips

  • You must apply for your visa at the VAC, the agency formed for this purpose.

You could either apply online by visiting http://www.vfs-usa.co.in/ or visit to a VAC close to your area of residence; the addresses are listed on the VFS web site.

Read all the rules carefully before applying.

  • The waiting period depends on the city of application and category of visa applied for.
  • Sometimes, it so happens that dates are unavailable. In such circumstances, you must constantly keep in touch with VFS and request them to give you an earlier date than what you have got in case a cancellation takes place.
  • Remember, no influence or contact works to get an early appointment in normal course. No one can help in this matter; you have to wait for your turn.
  • Be alert by constantly visiting www.vfs-usa.co.in, which may have new information about changing policies and procedures with regard to visa processing.
  • Even if they sound very busy or formal, do not be afraid to ask questions and seek clarifications from the counter staff at the Visa Application Centre.

You must feel satisfied with the answers you get. However, be sparing with your choice of questions, as unnecessary questions could irritate them and result in non-cooperation.

  • There is a facility for taking passport size photographs and a photocopier machine at the VAC, in case there is an error in your photograph and you need to take a fresh one.

Likewise, if some documents required to be submitted and you do not have photocopies, you can get them done at this centre too.

  • When you go for your interview, the Visa Application Center charges additional fees for snacks and drinks. This is optional and NOT compulsory.
  • Make sure you carry all your documents for your interview. In case, all your documentation is not in order etc, you may need to seek another visa appointment.

US Embassies and/or Consulates

A complete listing of US Embassies abroad can be found on the State Department's Web site at http://usembassy.state.gov

  • Australia

Embassy of United States in Canberra, Australia
American Embassy
Moonah Place
Yarralumla ACT 2600
City: Canberra
Phone: (+61-2) 6214-5600
Fax: (+61-2) 6214-5970
Web Site: http://canberra.usembassy.gov/
Office Hours: General inquiries: 8:00am - 5:00pm Monday-Friday

  • Canada

U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
490 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 1G8 Canada
Courier Address: 207 Bank Street, suite 418
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2N2 Canada
City: Ottawa
Phone: 613.688.5335
Fax: 613.688.3082
Web Site: http://ottawa.usembassy.gov/
Email: mailto:[email protected], mailto:[email protected]
Office Hours: American Citizen Services: Monday - Friday (except Wednesdays) from 8am to 12pm. Visas Mnday - Friday from 8am to 4pm. All persons seeking U.S. visas require an appointment in advance. The Embassy is closed for both Canadian and U.S. holidays.

Visa Waiver Program

Citizens from more affluent countries are allowed to enter the US through the Visa Waiver Program. This allows for a 90 stay. It doesn't allow extending the visa, if you want to stay longer you probably need a B1/B2 visa. The Visa Waiver Program doesn't allow going to Canada for a day and coming back, you have to stay out of the US for 3 months or apply for a B1/B2.

You are required to hold a return or on-ward ticket, and this is often already enforced at the departure airport. When coming from another continent than your place of residency (as part of a round the world trip) this might not be the case. If you're coming from Europe however, a flight to Mexico or the Bahamas won't cut it. Within North America and the Carribean you have to get as far as Costa Rica.

B1/B2 visa

A B1/B2 visa allows for a 6 month stay in the United States. Often you will be given a visa that is valid for 10 years (meaning you're allowed to stay 6 months in the US every year), meaning that you can stay 6 months every year in the US. It is possible to extend this visa while in the US. When applying for an extension you have to stay in the US until you get a yes or no answer.

Cities

Athens (Georgia), Barstow, Bay Area, Fairbanks, Gainesville, Honolulu, Illinois, Las Vegas, Monterey, Nashville, New York City, Phoenix (Arizona), Salt Lake City, Seattle, St. Louis

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Travel destinations

Factor e Farm, Firefly Hackerspace, Omni Commons, Rainbow Mansion, Sudo Room, The Long Haul

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The United States of America, commonly called The U.S.A., or simply America is a country consisting of 50 states. For the convenience of the common hitchhiker, these states are discussed in detail along with their capitals in their individual pages (see below). The US is bordered by Canada to the north and Mexico to the south.

States of the United States

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin & Wyoming


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