Cancelation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against the expenses associated with in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty medical bill. Insurance can be purchased through us.
We recommend consulting the World Health Organization and your physician to help you make decisions about the right vaccinations for your travels. Here is the link to the WHO’s vaccination recommendation info: http://apps.who.int/tools/geoserver/www/ith/index.html
If there are any medical items that are essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items.
The state's climate varies from temperate at the coast to the brutal winters of the mountains to one of the world's hottest regions in the deserts. Rainfall is more common in the northern part of the state than in the south, and snow is rare except in the mountains. Temperatures regularly exceed 120°F (49°C) during the summer. In contrast, winter temperatures in the mountains can drop below 0°F.
For up-to-date forecasts, check weather.com.
Electricity: Electricity in California is supplied at 120 V. Plugs are flat two-pin, as well as two flat pins with a grounding pin.
Phone: Coverage is good throughout the United States. If you visit from abroad, make sure that your phone is tri-band or quad band.
Internet: Wi-Fi and Internet cafes are available in urban and tourist areas.
Remember to pack sufficient memory cards, zoom lens, a spare camera battery and charger, and dust-resistant case.
Generally speaking, we advise bringing $70-100 per day, per person, for spending money. Be sure to bring lots of small bills for porters, wait staff and housekeeping (not obligatory and based on your satisfaction). The currency in California is the US Dollar which comes in paper denominations of $1, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100. Coins come in denominations of 1, 5, 10, and 25 cents. American Express, Visa and MasterCard as well as other major credit cards are widely accepted. ATMs are available throughout the country.
It is recommended to contact your credit card company to advise them when and where you will be traveling to avoid what may be picked up as suspicious activity by your credit card provider.
Currency: US Dollar ($)
Religion: The most common religion in California is Catholicism
Time Zone: UTC -8
Electricity: 110 volts
Telephone: Country code for calling you from outside North America is 001
Calling North America: Dial 001 and your 10 digit number
Emergency numbers in California: 911 for any type of emergency