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1. Posted by dasads6690 (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

Hi ........I'm Das I'm from Australia,I've never travelled
much even in my own country but a friend has offered
to pay for me to travel to spend time with her over in
USA.So we are planning for me to go to Oregon USA,
next year.

Das

2. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 7y

Welcome to TP Denice. You found the right place for finding travel information.

Good thing you're waiting to go to Oregon.....they're a bit buried under snow at the moment!!!

See you around the Forums.

3. Posted by dasads6690 (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

Hi & thankyou..............

Denice

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3720 posts) 7y

Hi Denice and welcome to TP.

Hope to see you around.

Bex

5. Posted by dr.pepper (Travel Guru 316 posts) 7y

Welcome Das! Oregon sounds like a lovely place from what I've heard, so that should be a great trip for you! Hope to see you around here more:)

Cheers,
Eric

6. Posted by dasads6690 (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

Hi Bex & Eric...........thankyou both for the welcomes.
Yes,it's lovely there in Oregon my friend has lived there
for many years.I've seen lovely pics online of all sorts
of places/towns etc of the whole of USA.I'd love to go
to PA while there but that's a hope & dream.
Das

7. Posted by dasads6690 (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

What costs do I need to concider?

So far I have these.

Passport
Injections to travel
Health insurance

Where do I go here in my city to inquire
about all these things? I assume to call
up my doctor to inquire re costs but is
there websites with exact ones & Aus
costs listed.

8. Posted by Peter (Admin 5812 posts) 7y

Welcome to Travellerspoint Das!

I don't think you need any injections to travel to the US. That's more relevant in tropical places and the likes, where things like Malaria are common. There's some great information on Travel Health in our guide though, describing some of the things travellers have to worry about. Again, I don't think you need to worry about those things though.

That said, having health insurance when travelling to the US is vital. The health care costs there are just extraordinary and if you didn't have insurance and needed an appendix taken out or something similar, you'd be in serious trouble. Mostly, as Australians travelling overseas, we get a bundled 'travel insurance', not a specific health insurance - that's more of an American thing I believe. You will pay extra because you are travelling to the US. Personally, I always use World Nomads. We have an affiliation with them, but even if we didn't I'd recommend them. If you do decide to use them, enter promo code TPWN6 for a 6% discount :)

For your passport, check out the Australian Passport Office for application forms, etc.

Other costs you will need to consider are the bags to pack your stuff in and, very importantly, some spending money for when you are there. Unfortunately for you the exchange rate has swung back to a less favourable spot now, so you'll need a bit more money than you might have a few months ago. Such is life though - who knows, maybe it will be better by the time you travel there :)

For a list of ideas on things to pack, have a look at our Packing List article. It's somewhat overly comprehensive, but it might help you decide what you need to take.

Peter

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