How to Travel the US Without a Visa

Traveling to the United States was always something I wanted to do. Ever since I was little, I envisioned myself setting foot in New York City, pretending I was the kid from Home Alone. After years of day dreaming, I finally learned that I could travel the US without a visa, which changed EVERYTHING.

After months of preparation and meticulous planning, my route was all mapped out. I was set to land in New York City and would spend the next 90 days making my way around the country. Whether I was staying in hostels or couch surfing, travelling by plane or train, I was certain that this trip would be the greatest adventure of my life.

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Don't Wear a Dress to the Windy City

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Chicago is called the Windy City, and I learned the hard way that it lives up to its nickname when I wore a thin, flippy dress upon my arrival and promptly showed many Chicagoans and my fellow tourists quite a bit more of myself than I had intended. I attempted to hold my dress down with one hand without losing my grip on my backpack, duffel bag and handbag, while I searched for the entrance to the underground trains (and finally found it on my third trip around the block.) Despite our rough beginnings, Chicago and I formed a fast friendship. I’ve been back multiple times, and if not for the fact that it gets far too cold for my thin Southern-bred skin, I would move there in a minute. There is no shortage of life in Chicago, and I’ve spent days just walking around the city without ever getting bored or seeing all the things I wanted to see. That said, there are a few must-sees that I have discovered. Read More