Moving USA guideFor those keen to live the American dream we have just launched our updated USA guide in French. Moving to the USA is daunting, the amount of visa paperwork alone is enough to discourage even the most determined expat, the visa and permits section of this guide provides you with a comprehensive overview of the types of visa available.

Once you have your visa and land in the US, you’ll quickly realise the streets aren’t actually paved with gold, so you’ll want to find a job. The jobs section of the guide includes topics such as, ‘How to find work’, and ‘Salary and working conditions’. If you’re looking to buy or rent property check the property portal and housing section for more information.

If, after you’ve settled in, you would like to see some of the country then our travel and leisure articles cover getting your driving licence, and all you need to know about the transport system. But you should know, that in a country which boasts the third highest number of cars per capita, you will probably need one.

Notre guide pour partir aux USA est en français !

guide pour partir aux USACeux qui veulent vivre le rêve américain seront ravis d’apprendre que nous venons de publier notre nouveau guide USA en français. Déménager aux États-Unis peut être inquiétant, et la procédure d’obtention de visa elle seule peut être démoralisante. Heureusement, la section Visas & Permis de notre guide vous détaille de manière simple tous les types de visa qui existent.

Une fois que vous aurez atterri aux États-Unis visa en main, vous vous rendrez vite compte que les rues ne sont pas pavées d’or ! Vous aurez donc besoin de trouver un travail. La section Emploi du guide vous conseille sur “comment trouver un emploi”, et vous donne des détails sur les “salaires et conditions de travail”. Si vous cherchez à louer ou acheter un bien immobilier, le portail logement et la section immobilier sont là pour vous aider.

Une fois installé, vous aurez peut-être envie de voir du pays : jetez un oeil à la section Voyages & Loisirs qui vous explique comment obtenir un permis de conduire américain, et vous dit tout ce qu’il faut savoir sur les transports en communs. Sachez quand-même que les États-Unis ont un nombre record de voitures par habitant, et qu’il vous en faudra surement une.

tourists laws abroad

“Minneapolis Traffic Officer” Caleb Williams at Flickr.com (CC BY-SA 3.0)

In the hype of getting ready for your next trip abroad, perhaps the last thing on your mind is to check the local laws of your destination. Nevertheless, naive Brits are becoming notorious for their illegal activities whilst on holiday!

Every year Brits are caught off guard and find themselves faced with being arrested or with a substantial fine for disobeying foreign laws. According to a study carried out by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), although 70% of British jet setters believe researching local regulations is important, only 40% actually brush up on the laws before travelling. The FCO is now urging travellers to do some research on laws and customs in the appropriate country before they travel in the hope of avoiding problems.

Foreign laws that you probably would never consider a criminal offence range from driving an unwashed car in Russia, to wearing camouflage in Barbados! UK tourists don’t have a great track record as far as respecting local legislation goes, last year two Brits were arrested in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo after going for a swim in the Emperor’s moat. Even if you were to commit a trivial offence, in Japan this can mean staying in custody for 23 days before an investigation is carried out – a sure way of ruining the perfect holiday you had planned.

Japan isn’t the only country to take offence with unaware UK travellers; holiday makers have broken other rules such as leaving the beach still in their bathing suits in Mallorca, jaywalking in Poland, or not covering their arms/legs inside churches in Italy.

So that you can enjoy your holiday without running into trouble with the local police, here are some new regulations in 2014 and 2015 to look out for:

  • Bringing e-cigarettes into the United Arab Emirates is now a criminal offence.
  • Swearing loudly in Australia can come with a £277 fine.
  • If visiting Turkey as of January 2015, your passport must be valid for a minimum of 60 days from the expiry date of your visitor visa.

The FCO advises that its very worth while to brush up on the local regulations when preparing for your next trip. Even if it doesn’t involve committing a crime it is always a good idea to bear in mind the locals customs and traditions to avoid any potentially offensive behaviour.

Have you encountered any unusual rules or regulations abroad? Tell us in the comments below!

 

Vienna city view

Vienna city view by Anja Osenberg (CC0 1.0)

Vienna is well-known as a pretty expensive city in which to live. But even as a tourist, you might want to plan your trip before going there, so you don’t squander your whole holiday budget in a couple of days.

Museums and more

If you are a culture aficionado, the best thing to do is to visit the museum quarter (Museumsquartier, or MQ for short) near the centre of the city. There you have a huge variety of exhibitions, from art, to history, and even biology. Also, the old town with the emblematic St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom), is not far. When you walk there, you will pass by the People’s Garden (Volksgarten), a pleasant and popular park. Plus, walking between these attractions has already saved you the money you’d have spent on transport.

If you do plan on going sightseeing and using public transport, you might want to look into getting a Vienna Card. It offers you discounts on all the available transport, such as the metro, buses, trams as well as points of interests, museums, and much more.

Cheap accommodation

In Austria, hotels and hostels are not as cheap as in other countries. However, even the comparatively very cheap hotels and hostels offer good value and quality, and you still get rooms of high standard. Comparing prices always pays off and there is a great number of websites for finding and booking hostels, e.g. budgetplaces.com. As an even cheaper alternative, you can visit websites such as Airbnb and Wimdu, where you will find lots of nice flats to share for some days, and of course couchsurfing is always an option.

Other ways to save money in Vienna

If you already have a somewhat respectable knowledge of German, there are other, let’s say interesting, ways to save money in Vienna.

If you want to go out in Vienna, and save as much money as possible, go to powerhour.at to find out about the cheapest places to drink. You can filter your results according to the type of drink, the region of Austria (in this case Vienna, of course) and the date you want to go out on.

If you want to go on a shopping trip and like designer clothes and shoes, check out diestadtspionin.at (“the female city spy”). There you can find a variety of bargains, among them sales in designer outlets. For food shopping, use meinkauf.at (“my purchase”), where you can find cheap deals offered by different supermarkets all over the city.

If you like to read (in German), go to one of the open bookcases. It is a kind of open library where you can take a book you like and leave one you have already read and don’t need anymore.

Last but not least, if you like ecological, seasonal fruits and nuts, check out mundraub.org. It gives you a map of all the fruit and nut trees that don’t belong to anyone in Vienna. It’s a fun way to explore the city and, on top of that, you can harvest your own fresh fruits!