Safety and Security in United States
The U.S.A has the largest prison population in the World, and it is good to watch out for your belongings, and don’t go to dangerous neighborhoods. Also, don’t look for trouble: don’t do drugs. If the police get you, they’ll arrest you and you’ll be on record forever.
■ Emergency services
Call 911 for emergencies: urgent medical treatment, ambulance, police or firefighters. You can call to this number for free from any public phone.
If you need emergency medication, there might be a 24 hours open pharmacy next to you. For pain relief medicine, cough medicine and minor diseases medicines, you can easily find them at supermarkets, groceries stores and convenience stores.
Be aware that if you don’t have health insurance, you will be asked to pay some fees to be accepted. After being treated, you will be charged for it, and it doesn’t matter if it’s a public or private hospital. If you don’t have the means to pay for the bill, there might be legal consequences.
Universities and institutions generally offer the students some insurance options.
■ Political situation
The U.S.A. is a very politically stable country and one of the strongest influencer nation in the world. It is ruled by a president, elected every 4 years, and by the congress. There are two major parties in the U.S.A.: the Democratic Party and the Republican Party.
■ Short trip
The U.S. is huge and they offer a great variety of destinations. If you go too far, it’ll be time consuming, so it’s up to you (and your vacation period). The best way to travel around is by airplane, but you can also try out traveling by train or bus. If you have a driver’s license, why not renting a car? If you already have a license from your country, you just need to take the exams and be approved. There’s no need to take classes again.
Also, traveling requires some money, so be prepared for that. Save traveling using a LCC airline and staying at youth hostels.
Our U.S. experts recommend the following destinations: West Coast (cool beaches), Disney World and Universal Studios, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Yellow Stone, New York City, Boston and Philadelphia – the last two are full of culture places.
■ Mobile phone networks
The U.S. has a huge territory, so cell phones – as they are called over there – might work well in some places a badly in others. The three major cell phone companies are AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon. In the U.S. you pay for both incoming and outcoming calls depending on the service you are using.