I always felt a connection with the US and I’ve wanted to go there for the longest time. My mum almost had me there, she returned to Nigeria 3 days before giving birth to me. Some places that were on my radar for a long time are Orlando (Disney) New York City (WTC) and L.A (Hollywood).
Getting a Visa
Getting a US visa always seemed notoriously hard to get, a few seconds interview costing lots of money but Talatu gave me a tip which has worked ever since. No story. If you are going on a B1/B2 visa, be honest about what you are doing, tourism, simple and short. Of course they’d like to see (before the interview) ties to your current country of residence in form of Visa type, occupation, properties owned and/or businesses established.
The good thing is you get a long term multiple entry visa 2yrs +
Costs and such depend on where you are travelling to and where from. There are a number of direct flights from Nigeria now, to New York City, Atlanta, Houston.
From places like London, you get a good variety of direct flights, even to San Francisco.
Favorite Places & tips
These will likely have their own posts but enjoy these snippets according to my experience. I’ve been to about 10 states but these are my favorites.
NYC – This place is so surreal to me. You would think that you know it because you see it a lot in movies but it is on another level. I’ve never felt more scared in my life being here. If you can survive Lagos, you can still be scammed here, be careful! lol. If you can, stay in Brooklyn. Remember to tip, it is not taken lightly here. Go see the sights, eat, eat, eat, it is a huge city, so plan carefully. Best time to go would be Sept/Oct.
San Francisco/Oakland/Silicon Valley – This place reminds me a lot of Europe. It is very pretty, there’s so much to get done. It can be quite expensive so be prepared. Don’t forget to eat some crab while you are at it
MidLands (Colorado/Minnesota/Wisconsin)– I’m a village girl at heart, so I like these kind of inner areas away from the main cities which might still be unspoilt in some way. I got to see Amish people! I love the farms, food, mountains and friendliness you are likely to encounter in these areas.
I witnessed how proud Minnesotans were of Prince, then got to travel on a bus trip from Wisconsin to Illinois, there’s nothing like experiencing things how the locals do it, fun!
Just a note, being in L.A disappointed in some ways and others it didn’t, especially in the kinds of people you will meet. I met the hippiest people, got a lovely book and gift.
Also, don’t go to one state and try to find another state’s football jersey in shops! ouch!
Be prepared to do maths! one taxi driver almost broke my leg in NYC because I didn’t give the proper amount of tip.
The shopping system, atms and trains are a bit weird! Remember to look at the sales tax of each state if you are going to do a bit of shopping.
Leaving and going back
One can totally see why Americans might not be keen on travelling anywherelse, the States has it all!. If you want ski, desert, beach, sun, wind, lakes…it’s there.
I miss cornbread & large portions.
Always excited to go back, can’t wait for my next trip! hoping to do beaches and a proper summer holiday there (not a scorching one) hehe