USA Practical Information

United States of America Practical Information

USA What to Expect – Day to Day Experiences

Although the USA may to many seem similar to England (perhaps because of the main language being English) there are some differences. Expect friendly faces and lots of conversation. Also expect very strict border control. The USA differs in that guns are legal too so this might be something to watch out for. On the whole, it is very low risk and not too dissimilar from what you would expect on a day to day basis. If travelling in the more southern states, do expect more intense heat in the summer months as well as the cold weather being powerful in the northern states. As for wildlife, this is obviously different, e,g, bears  and moose. Just keep your eyes out and your trip to the United States will be an amazing experience.


A valid passport is required by all foreigners traveling to Indonesia. For United States, British and Australian citizens, a visa can be obtained upon arrival in Jakarta and Bali. Passports must have at least 6 months before they expire. INDONESIAN TOURIST VISA is valid for 30 days. Visas are available on arrival. You will need a valid passport, proof of sufficient funds for your stay and an onward airline ticket with confirmed bookings. The fee is currently US$25 (it is advised you have the exact money to prevent delays).


The currency of the United States is the US dollar. The exchange rates vary. The dollar is one of the world’s most common currencies and is convertible to most other currencies.

It may or may not be wiser to bring traveler’s cheques or use the ATM, depending on your bank’s policies and fees. However, it’s always good to arrive with some currency on hand. Credit cards are obviously fine to use. Some U.S. banks will only change currency for bank customers, but that is the exception. As long as you have proper identification (passport) and a major currency, most will exchange it for you. It is best to call ahead to verify that you will be able to make the exchange.


Adequate travel insurance is mandatory for everyone who participates in a Pioneer expedition. Emergency Medical Evacuation Insurance is required for all participants. We strongly recommend that you take out baggage loss and accident insurance. Please bring a copy of your insurance policy and contact numbers to give to your expedition leader in case of illness or accident.


As travellers, we should try to have as little impact on natural environments for example the National Park(s) you might be travelling to. As such we recommend the following:

Always dispose of litter and do not feed animals at the National Parks unless instructed to by any ranger or similar.

Watch out for forest fires and try do your best too prevent these. Always light fires in designated sites.

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