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The United States of America is the third largest country in the world in size with the third largest population and nearly 319 million people. The USA is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Canada to the north and Mexico to the south.

Welcome to the United States of America! Land of the Free, the United States of America is the third largest country in the world in size, at nearly 10,000,000 square kilometers, and is the third largest in population, with nearly 319 million people. The USA is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Canada to the north and Mexico to the south.

The width of the continental United States is 4,313 kilometers, but traveling from the East Coast to the West Coast can be lesser or greater, depending on the route traveled. If you're yearning for a cross-country adventure, there are 75,439 kilometers of interstate highway ready for your journey.

The country consists of 50 states and the District of Columbia, which are divided into the following six regions: Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West and Pacific. Additionally, there is five territories: American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. 

 

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When to visit

The United States is a very large country, and climates and weather can vary greatly by season and location.

  • Summer: June - August
  • Fall: September - November
  • Winter: December - February
  • Spring: March - May 

During summer, northern states enjoy warm — even hot — days and cooler mornings and nights, while southern states and tropical areas experience very hot temperatures.

In the fall, temperatures begin to cool down around the country. This is a welcome season in northern regions, where leaves change to beautiful shades of red, yellow and orange.

Winter is fairly mild in the southern states, while the northern, northeastern, midwestern, western mountains and Great Plains regions often encounter snow and colder temperatures.

During the spring, temperatures begin to warm up and thunderstorms and rainstorms are common across the country into the summer months.

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Visa & Entry

Passport Requirements

All visitors from abroad who are planning to visit the USA must have a passport valid for at least six months longer than their intended stay in the U.S., unless they are exempted by country-specific agreements. Please check with the US Consulate.

For families traveling together, each member of the family must have his or her own passport, including infants and children.

Visa Requirements

Depending on the issuer of your passport, a visa may be required for entry into the United States. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables most citizens or nationals of participating countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. Travelers must have a valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel and meet all requirements explained below. Please contact the US Consulate for further information.

Health & Safety

Being prepared is the hallmark of a good trip especially in terms of your health and safety. While we hope that your visit to the USA is a safe and accident-free one, unplanned incidents may happen while traveling. Should you encounter an emergency while visiting the USA, the country has a vast and sophisticated emergency response system.

Should you fall ill during your trip, the United States offers many easily accessible options for both short and long term medical assistance, as well as a selection of travellers insurance plans to make sure you’re covered incase of an emergency.

There are many options if you need medical attention while traveling in the U.S. Before leaving home, check with your health insurance provider to see if you are covered while traveling in the U.S. If so, make sure you carry your insurance card with you. If not, consider buying temporary or travel health insurance that will cover you during your travels. Health care costs can be expensive if you are not adequately covered. Also check whether your insurance provider covers medical evacuation in the event you need to be brought home via medical transport.

Hospitals

All major cities and towns have one or more hospitals. Make sure you know the name of the hospitals in the areas in which you are traveling. The front desks of most lodging facilities should have a list of local hospitals. 

Health Clinics & Urgent Care Centers

Health clinics and urgent care centers are designed to help patients with illnesses or injuries that are not life threatening. Many pharmacies also have walk-in clinics staffed by medical professionals. Hotel staff or your host can often direct you to such health centers.

 

 

Dining & Tipping

Eating at restaurants and gratuities in the USA

The United States takes great pride in its diversity of cuisines, including those specific to the region and fusions of several regions and cultures.

Tap Water

Tap water is available free of charge at most USA restaurants and public places. Protected by federal law, water in the United States is safe to drink. Americans enjoy one of the safest water supplies in the world.

Dietary Restrictions

Restaurants in the USA are typically very accommodating of special diets and custom meals for religious and other reasons. You may request vegetarian, vegan, gluten- or dairy-free foods, but often these items are marked on the menu. Diners with food allergies or dietary restrictions should request special care with the preparation of their meals. It is important to notify the restaurant of any food allergies.

Tipping

Tipping is a common practice throughout the United States, especially at restaurants. Tipping practices vary throughout the United States, but always remember that many service employees rely on tips for much of their income and appreciate being acknowledged for their hard work.

Here are few tipping suggestions:

  • Dining: 15-20 percent for a sit-down meal or 10 percent for a buffet
  • Gratuity: Some restaurants may add a gratuity or service charge automatically with parties of six or more (this is usually noted on the menu or on your check).
  • Bartenders: $1 per drink or 15-20 percent of tab
  • Hotel bell staff: $1-$2 per bag
  • Cab drivers: 10-18 percent of fare
  • Shuttle drivers: $1-$2 a bag
  • Hotel maid: $2-$5 per night
  • Parking valet: $3-$5 when picking up car
  • Tour guides: 10-20 percent, depending on their service
  • Spa treatments, hairdressers, manicurists: 10-20 percent
Time Zones

In the U.S., time is read on a 12-hour clock with a.m. (before noon) and p.m. (after noon). If you are told 8 o'clock, it could mean 08:00 or 20:00. Make sure to ask Americans to specify a.m. or p.m., as most of them are not accustomed to a 24-hour clock.

Time Zones

The United States and its territories operate under the following nine time zones (only four of which apply to the continental U.S.):

  • Atlantic Time (AST) - Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

  • Eastern Standard Time (EST)
  • Central Standard Time (CST)
  • Mountain Standard Time (MST)
  • Pacific Standard Time (PST)
  • Alaska Standard Time (AKST)
  • Hawaii-Aleutian Time (HAST)
  • Samoa Standard Time (SST) - American Samoa, Midway Islands
  • Chamorro Standard Time (ChST) - Guam, Northern Mariana Islands

Daylight Saving Time

The United States utilizes daylight saving time. The adage “spring forward, fall back” applies to daylight saving time. Clocks are set ahead one hour on the second Sunday in March and turned back one hour on the first Sunday of November. Arizona, Hawaii and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands do not follow daylight saving time. 

Things to Do in the US

Book our US holiday deals to enjoy the country's many exciting activities and diverse attractions. The choices are endless so you’ll never run out of things to do.

With so many states in the country, you’ll want to maximise your visit to the US. You can go to Boston and walk the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail. Its line of red bricks makes it easier to find your way around 16 historical landmarks in the country, including Paul Revere House, Old Granary Burying Ground and the USS Constitution.

Take a stroll and enjoy the iconic Venice Beach and Santa Monica Pier when you visit California. You can watch street performances, take amusement park rides, or simply take in the scenes in these two iconic spots. 
 

Must-visit Attractions in the US

The United States has myriad destinations and experiences that can fill your bucket lists. 

It’s home to many national parks, including Niagara Falls, Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe. Prepare to capture snap-worthy shots of these awe-inspiring sites and marvel at the snow-capped mountains, lush greeneries and roaring waterfalls. 

When you’re in the city, don’t miss the chance to see the country’s most iconic man-made structures. You can go to the New York Harbor and see the Statue of Liberty, a universal symbol of freedom. There is also the White House, the President's official residence and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge arching across San Francisco Bay.
 

Best Time to Visit the US

The United States is a vast country that experiences four significant seasons throughout the year.

Summer in the northern states means warm days and cool nights, with the southern areas experiencing hotter climates. As soon as fall starts in September, the temperature begins to drop nationwide. Expect to see a beautiful spectrum of red, yellow and orange hues as leaves begin to dry out in preparing for winter.

By December, winter in the southern states is pretty mild, while travelling up north means you can expect snow and cold temperatures. Springtime means that the country is beginning to warm up, and plants are starting to bloom again.
 

Known Destinations in the US

The United States has some of the most iconic sceneries in the world. Get any of our US holiday deals to see these destinations in person.

The Grand Canyon is one of the most visited places in the country. It's an incredible landscape that cuts deep into the horizon, creating a dramatic display of cliffs and ledges that run as far as the eyes can see. Travellers can visit many canyon sections, such as the South Rim, Skywalk and North Rim. Each area provides a different perspective on this breathtaking spot.

A trip to the US is never complete without visiting Disneyland. Explore the happiest place on Earth as you line up for iconic theme park rides, see your favourite Disney characters come to life and shop for souvenirs that you won’t see anywhere else.
 

Best Hotels in the US

Whether you’re looking for a city hotel, luxury resort or boutique accommodation, the United States has it all. Check in the best rooms when you get one of our US holiday packages.

Enjoy a relaxing stay in the traditional Japanese inn-inspired resort at Nobu Ryokan in Malibu, California. This 16-room oasis follows a minimalist aesthetic and embodies tranquillity and elegance beyond compare. Nobu Ryokan also embraces nature with its lush gardens and breathtaking ocean views.

The Chanler at Cliff Walk is the only hotel located along the 3.5-mile oceanfront path at Newport, Rhode Island. Housed in a Gilded Age mansion, this 19th-century-inspired accommodation exudes utmost sophistication, from opulent chandeliers to grand fireplaces and furniture. Some of the guest rooms and villas have jetted tubs and private patios for your convenience.
 

Post Lockdown in the US

Travellers must be fully vaccinated, with the second dose taken at least 14 days before the flight. The only exception is children aged 17 and below. Proof of vaccination may be presented, either with a QR code, a printout or a digital copy. Apart from these documents, a negative test result must be provided at least a day before the flight.
 

Flying to the US

The average flight time from Australia to the United States is 18 hours. There are various airports where you can enter the American borders, such as Los Angeles International Airport, San Francisco International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. 
 

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FAQs

Who are Entire Travel Group?

Entire Travel Group is celebrating 50 years of passionately delivering unique and memorable travel experiences. We are an Australian, family owned, award winning business, with a friendly team ready to match your expectations to the perfect holiday package.

Entire Travel Group used to be known by the individual brands shown in the footer of the website. The company has not changed, but we have amalgamated under one brand - Entire Travel Group.

For more details please visit - About Us | Entire Travel Group

What are Entire Travel Group famous for?

Well, put simply - we’re famous for building things. We offer an exclusive range of pre-designed, purpose-built, independent holiday packages full of unique and memorable experiences. The packages are delivered by our global network of handpicked suppliers, who also provide on ground travel support to our clients.

Is Entire Travel Group Australian owned and operated?

Entire Travel Group is proudly Australian family owned and operated and as it stands today represents 50 years of experience, progress, and evolution. We proudly support the community with our long-term commitment to many important charity organisations. We were awarded the best operator in our class at the most recent National Travel Industry Awards.

Is Entire Travel Group industry accredited?

Entire Travel Group is ATAS Accredited. ATAS, which stands for AFTA Travel Accreditation Scheme is administered by the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA). AFTA is the industry body for the Australian retail travel industry. We are also a registered member of the Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO).

Does Entire Travel Group have industry awards?

Entire Travel Group was awarded “Best Specialty Wholesaler” at the 2019 National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA), which are held annually by the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA).

The awards recognise quality and excellence in the Australian travel industry. We were extremely honoured to receive this recognition and we will continue to deliver the best service and value to our customers.

Are the Entire Travel Group holiday packages exclusive?

In some cases, we are the sole representative in Australia for the overseas travel operator. In other circumstances the product developed has been exclusively built for Entire Travel Group and can’t be found elsewhere.

What’s unique about Entire Travel Group Holiday Packages?
  • They are not group tours with set departures - they are pre-designed, purpose built, independent holiday packages full of unique and memorable experiences.
  • Our holiday packages have been exclusively built for us in collaboration with our handpicked suppliers, who also offer full on-ground support for the clients.
  • We are offering unique travel experiences which cannot be found elsewhere.
  • Many packages include our “Freedom of Choice” options which allow you to tailor the holiday experience. Like a sommelier matching wine to a meal, we have used our experience to carefully select and offer the right experiences in each location.
  • They include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan.
  • A wide selection of our packages are compliant with the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Covid Safe Travels.
What is an independent holiday package?

Our motto for Independent Holiday Packages is start your holiday when and with who you want!

Our Independent Holiday Packages are NOT group tours with set departure dates. Group Tours have specific set departure dates, and of course, you are travelling with unknown passengers in a coach. These tours are great for certain travellers and there are many reputable tour operators providing a wide range of options around the world.

At Entire Travel Group, our focus is Independent Holiday Packages. Available daily, they are pre-designed, purpose built, packaged itineraries full of memorable experiences delivered by our hand-picked local partners.

Our holidays suit every demographic, from couples to singles, to retirees to families and everyone else in between.

Why travel with Entire Travel Group?

Of all the attributes Entire Travel Group offer - we have settled on “Experience” as the one quality we believe adds the most value to our customers. That’s how our tagline “When Experience Matters” came to life and encapsulates our business in three words, as experience does matter!

We have been operating for many years and have the experience to determine what sightseeing, duration and accommodation style makes a great itinerary. Our technology is continually enhanced, giving our team the ability to provide a great customer service experience. Our relationship with our operators is extremely strong, which ensures we are confident of the travel experience and on ground support for our clients.

For more details please visit - About Us | Entire Travel Group

How does the Peace of Mind Booking Plan work?

Our Peace of Mind Booking Plan allows you to book with confidence in the new international travel environment. With low deposits, a cooling off period and a flexibility period where you can cancel and rebook later, we really do have you covered.

For more details please visit - Peace of Mind Booking Plan | Entire Travel Group

Is there a cooling-off period?

Look for packages with our Peace of Mind Booking Plan logo on the website.

  • We understand that occasionally plans may change, so we give you the confidence to proceed with a cooling off period.
  • You may cancel for any reason within 7 days, where you will receive a 100% refund of your $100 per person deposit.

For more details please visit - Peace of Mind Booking Plan | Entire Travel Group

What is Freedom of Choice?

At Entire Travel Group we understand that our customers have their own personal tastes and interests - so throughout our packages look for “Freedom of Choice” which gives you the ability to tailor your holiday from the various experiences offered on selected days. Like a sommelier matching wine to a meal, we have used our experience to carefully select and offer the right experiences in each location.

The Freedom of Choice options are included in the package price, and the price remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.

For more details please visit - Freedom of Choice | Entire Travel Group

Do Freedom of Choice options cost extra?

Our Freedom of Choice program offers flexibility, by allowing you to choose from different options on pre-selected days in the itinerary.

  • Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day in the itinerary.
  • The price of the package remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.
What is the Safe Travels program?

This specially designed program allows travellers to recognise governments and companies around the world who have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols, so consumers can experience “Safe Travels”.

For more details please visit - Safe Travels Stamp | Entire Travel Group

What is Book Now?

Book Now offers you the ability to make a reservation on our website for Holiday Packages that include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan. But it’s not just a static offer – you have complete flexibility from travel dates, passenger numbers, single supplements, room upgrades, optional extras, flexible booking terms and more.

What happens after Book Now?
  • Our team will contact our overseas suppliers and confirm all arrangements.
  • A Confirmation from our reservation system will be sent in the coming days.
  • The Booking Number on this confirmation supersedes the website reference.
What forms of payment can be used at Entire Travel Group?
  • To confirm a booking using our on-line Book Now process, a credit card must be used to pay the refundable deposit.
  • For additional payments on the booking, Entire Travel Group supports bank transfer, credit card, TravelPay B2B, PaymentGate.
  • For further details please visit our Payments page.
How secure is the Entire Travel Group's on-line payment portal?
  • Entire Travel Group have partnered with TravelPay to ensure secure on-line credit card payments.
  • TravelPay is a level 1 PCI DSS compliant, which gives you peace of mind that your payment card data is in safe hands.
  • Entire Travel Group does not store any credit card information.

For more details please visit - Security and Compliance - TravelPay

Can you book my international airfares?

On some Islands Holiday Packages (e.g. Fiji), it is practical to include flights, so where we have done this it is indicated by the plane icon.

However, on the majority of our Holiday Packages, we do not include international flights.

We found that many customers may prefer to:

  • Travel on a specific airline of their choice
  • Have the flexibility to book flights with Frequent Flyer points
  • Select flight dates that may be different to our Holiday Package start/end dates
  • Use a Travel Credit already held with the airline
  • Use their travel agent for this service

We are able to assist with flights on any Holiday Package, so please just notify us during the Book Now process or contact our team.

Why do some packages not offer the ability to Book Now on the website?

If a package on our website does not include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan, it will not be available to Book Now.

Due to the boutique nature and limited capacity of some travel experiences offered, they have strict payment and cancellation policies. (e.g., a remote bear lodge in Canada with only a few cabins).

Although technically possible, we have decided that it is impractical for us to try and sell these type of travel services on-line. We believe it is important that such product is discussed, so that we can ensure these strict payment and cancellation policies are understood before we proceed with a booking.

For such product we may act as an agent only for the principal suppliers. Where we act as agent, your contract for the delivery of travel arrangements will be with the principal supplier and will be subject to their Booking Conditions.

We will advise you prior to confirming your booking if we are acting as agent and we will confirm the details of the principal supplier. Our responsibility to you where we sell travel arrangements as agent for the supplier is specified in the ‘Responsibility’ section of our Booking Conditions.

Should I take travel insurance?

Travel insurance is strongly recommended. During the Book Now process please confirm you require assistance, and our team will be in contact with you.

What should I do before travelling?

Before you travel it is your responsibility to ensure you have the appropriate documentation including visas. If you are travelling on a passport other than Australian or New Zealand, you will require a permit to re-enter Australia. It is your responsibility as the traveller and/or travel booker to meet all government entry requirements.

For more information please visit - Before you travel | Entire Travel Group

How does a Travel Agent make a booking?

Please visit the Entire Travel Group's Agent Portal. We are here to support our industry partners with a range of informative updates, marketing collateral for campaigns and a reward & recognition program.

How do I start a Booking?

  • On any page that has Book Now simply follow the booking process.
  • You must select the Travel Agent tick box and provide correct details.
  • To confirm a booking only the refundable deposit is required.
  • An agency credit card must be used for this initial payment.
How do I contact Entire Travel Group?

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