IM MOVING TO THE US need help...

  • urhereurthere

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    Jun 17, 2012 9:22 PM GMT
    I live in Portugal and im moving to the US for an internship (hotel management) im thinking Miami but i'd like to know what other choices do i have and what should i know about the states before getting there? :/
  • Lanter

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    Jun 18, 2012 1:22 AM GMT
    It might be helpful if you mentioned a few more characteristics that you are looking for. The USA is a BIG country and offers all kinds of climates and geographic environments to live in. Miami is very hot and humid. I haven't been that far down in Florida so I'll let the experts talk more on that.

    If you are looking for school related internships, then your choices are much more limited. Do you want to be in a city, suburb, or country setting. Do you want to easy access to other cities or to be somewhat limited like Miami? Do you just need a Hotel to complete an internship or something more? There are hotels scattered all across the country.
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    Jun 18, 2012 1:23 AM GMT
    Does it not depend on WHERE your internship is going to be? icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 18, 2012 1:33 AM GMT

    lennyvalen saidI live in Portugal and im moving to the US for an internship (hotel management) im thinking Miami but i'd like to know what other choices do i have and what should i know about the states before getting there? :/


    Could be quite an adventure for you, depends on what your looking for and yes what cities this internship will encompass. I would put together a "Hot list" for elements you want to have in this picture. IE weather, local scene, educational resources, cost of living - done in order of importance. It's how I chose San Diego as my new home.
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    Jun 18, 2012 1:38 AM GMT
    come to Canada instead icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 18, 2012 1:38 AM GMT
    I live in Fort Lauderdale (30 minutes away from Miami) and I have lived here my whole life. Personally I don't like it.

    If you are looking for a tourist place, come to Miami, but if you want to experience good American culture, don't come here. There isn't too much diversity here. It is mostly hispanics and retired people down here and there are only hispanic themed areas. There is no Little Italy, Chinatown unlike other places.

    Plus, if you want to learn English it will be hard because the people here speak Spanish as well. Down here you have to know English and Spanish so that can be more frustrating at times if you don't know Spanish.

    As far as the climate, it is the same all year long. Hot and humid. When you walk around outside it is hot, but the humidity makes it worse because you feel like you are walking through a cloud filled with hot air. The only good things that SoFlo offers are beaches, some good restaurants, and nightlife.

    If you want to experience more seasons (tress changing colors, snow, etc.) and more culture and learn American history, I would advise you to go to places like San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, or D.C. Possibly NYC too, but that city is VERY pricey.
  • John6311

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    Jun 18, 2012 3:25 AM GMT
    If you want to experience the real 'America'- I would suggest you stay away from New York and Miami. They are both great places- but don't represent the real U.S. I would suggest Chicago! It's a great city, there is plenty of culture and the people are friendly. California is also great- but expensive and very far away from Portugal.
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    Jun 18, 2012 3:28 AM GMT
    Provo Utah is the place to be.
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    Jun 18, 2012 3:29 AM GMT
    Scruffypup saidProvo Utah is the place to be.


    Maybe when I want to take a ski trip icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 18, 2012 3:33 AM GMT
    Miami pwns the rest of the US cause it never has a winter.
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    Jun 18, 2012 3:37 AM GMT
    Miami is a good start, so is Atlanta,DC,New York and Chicago..........Just be professional and on time.......Period
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    Jun 18, 2012 3:38 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidMiami pwns the rest of the US cause it never has a winter.


    You say that like it's a good thing. I love winter. Chicago is a good suggestion, but very cold during the winter. Tell us more about what you like as far as things to do, size of the city, etc.
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    Jun 18, 2012 3:40 AM GMT
    lennyvalen saidI live in Portugal and im moving to the US for an internship (hotel management) im thinking Miami but i'd like to know what other choices do i have and what should i know about the states before getting there? :/


    Hey buddy -

    The US has many options. Here are some questions you might want to ask yourself:

    1 - what kind of America do you want to live in? NYC is a large international city, Miami is basically little Cuba, Charlestown, NC is small, charming and American...each city has it's own characteristics so you might want to do some research.

    2 - Is climate/weather important to you? San Diego, CA or Miami, FL are going to give you more sun (and beach) than Chicago, IL.

    3 - Do you need to be on the eastern part of the country to be a little closer to Portugal?

    4 - What cities have the hotels you want to work in?

    5 - Affordability. New York City is going to be much more expensive to live in than Portland, Oregon.

    6 - Do you know anyone in the city you are interested in?


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    Jun 18, 2012 3:44 AM GMT
    Scruffypup saidProvo Utah is the place to be.


    OMG that truly is a most beautiful clean spot on the American map, I just love it around there, if only more of America could be like it; America may win an Award for having the wolds most livable city; like Canada and Oz does all the time.
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    Jun 18, 2012 3:53 AM GMT
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    paulflexes saidMiami pwns the rest of the US cause it never has a winter.


    You say that like it's a good thing. I love winter.
    That's ok. I'm very open-minded and can totally accept abnormal people. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 18, 2012 4:01 AM GMT
    All of you are wrong. Cincinnati, OH, is the #1 place to be! Mwahahahahahaahhahahahahahaha!
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    Jun 18, 2012 4:17 AM GMT
    Don't worry about western US being further from Europe. With the great circle flying routes, flying from the west coast to Europe is not all that much longer than from the east coast. Much more of a factor is the number of plane changes.
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    Jun 18, 2012 4:20 AM GMT
    I think you want to move to a place that will provide valuable resume building experience. Move to a city that has a lot tourism or business and intern for a hotel that has a lot of conventions, meetings, etc.

    Most of the top-30 cities in the U.S. will provide some great experience. Here are a few that I suggest (not in any specific order):

    Preferred destinations but could be tough to get into:
    Miami - Great tourism season and can be a valuable experience
    Las Vegas - Great places for tourism and really getting your feet wet in hospitality management
    San Diego - beautiful and has lots of tourism as well

    Business Hubs:
    Chicago
    NYC
    Los Angeles

    A place you wouldn't think about but could offer a lot:
    Nashville - Great tourism city and the city building a new multi-million dollar convention center and Omni Hotel, which means lots of internships and potentially entry level jobs.
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    Jun 18, 2012 4:22 AM GMT
    huhwhat saidAll of you are wrong. Cincinnati, OH, is the #1 place to be! Mwahahahahahaahhahahahahahaha!
    He said "hotel" management...not local run down motel that calls itself a bed-n-breakfast. icon_razz.gif
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    Jun 18, 2012 4:24 AM GMT
    I've been in South Carolina for 5 years now, wouldn't recommend it lol. I'm visiting Denver right now and I have to say it is the best place I have been to, I can't pin point exactly why but the weather is perfect, people are so open and honest its great, views are absolutely stunning , did I mention the weather?
    I'm planning on living here when I graduate college, 4 years is a hell of a long wait however..
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    Jun 18, 2012 6:35 AM GMT
    Washington DC may offer experience in dealing with international and foreign/diplomatic clientele.
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    Jun 18, 2012 6:38 AM GMT
    If you want a taste of something really American (not international) i would suggest Phoenix... that really has the southwestern feel of what you see in the american movies...and the unique and beautiful landscapes

    NY is more of a world city than an American city....

    For real sightseeing however, pick the pacific and mountain side hands down... also northern cali, washington, colorado and plenty of other states are really great places to see