The first time I visited New York in 2002, it was to spend an extended weekend of 4 days and I was so happy and excited that I did not ask myself any questions. Still there are planning mistakes to be made during a trip to New York and I might have made a few.

When we go anywhere we think first and foremost of our plane ticket and accommodation, yet New York is a city much different than our cities in Europe.

In my opinion, it is important to take a look at the 10 errors that I will present below. Some will make a difference in your trip, others will save you a lot of money.

common mistakes visitors to USA

1. Apply for ESTA at the last minute

How many times have I read on the Internet and heard “we’ll see after ESTA” … You do not have to have your electronic travel authorization for the United States to buy your plane ticket. On the other hand, without it, you will never board your plane and the airline will not reimburse you.

You must ask for your ESTA at least 72 hours before the departure time on the official website of the American government. It costs $14 for 24 months, or $0.50 a month, so waiting is meaningless. Moreover, the famous french Youtuber Léonard speaks to us in his video of his missed flight because of the ESTA he had forgotten to get:

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