Lucky you, you’ve taken a break from studying or packed in your job to go and see a bit more of the world than your classroom or office.

Most of the information you will need is covered by the other sections of the site, but there are a few extra things you will need to consider:

Don’t overstay your welcome

Make sure you have an onward travel ticket, whether that’s a flight home or to your next destination. Yes, it sound obvious, but you can’t just arrive in the USA without an idea of where you are going next, or you’ll face a very thorough grilling from immigration officials.

Bear in mind your visa restrictions – the standard holiday visa is 90 days, and US immigration rules are extremely tight.

If you do decide you want to stay longer, you may need to consider a detour into bordering Mexico or Canada. You can then get a new 90 day visa when you re-enter the states.

Make sure your passport is valid for six months after you plan to return home.

Nice work if you can get it!

Volunteer work can be an extremely worthwhile experience, an opportunity to do something you’ve always dreamed of but never had the chance, or even to get more experience in your chosen profession.

More importantly, you’ll get the chance to experience real American life and give something back to the community at the same time.

There are loads of different things you can do – from working in an animal sanctuary in Florida to being a counsellor at a summer camp in New England.

If you do fancy trying something a bit different, but are not quite sure what that is, there are countless specialist companies, for example, www.bunac.org, who can help you arrange your own unique experience.

Boston – the best sporting city in North America

Think fame, fortune, films and dreams

The city that never sleeps

The United States’ historic capital

Enjoy the natural beauty the States has to offer

Glitter Gulch and The Strip

A multitude of activities and permanently good weather

Savour the sights of the 2000 mile journey across Canada