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International Travellers Guide to PAX East

kropotkinkropotkin MrLondon UKRegistered User regular
edited March 2010 in PAX Archive
International Travellers Guide to PAX East

This thread is guide to those that are travelling to PAX East that live outside the borders of the United States of America.

It must be understood that I'm writing this guide with a heavy UK bias, so forgive me for this for that is where I'm from. I will try to encompass as many other nations as is possible and would appreciate any corrections and additions.

So without further ado, here is the tips for those travelling to PAX East from beyond the shores of the USA:

1) Check your Passport and visa requirement.

We are strangers in a strange land and as such must have a valid pass port that has at least 6 months left before needing a renewl in order to gain entry into the US. This however only applies to residents of nations other than the UK. If you are from the UK, a 6 month extension is added to your passport, even if it's close to expiry date. For more information on this, please follow this link.

Note that there is a Visa Waiver system for people from the certain countries. Read on to find out more:

VISA WAIVER PROGRAMME

It is a requirement that an application for a waiver to a visa entry to the US is carried out online. This is compulsory prior to travelling to the US. It is preferred that this is done at least 72 hours before travelling. The information you need to complete the form is as follows:

1) Passport No.
2) Passport issue date and expirary date.
3) Flight carrier.
4) Flight No.
5) City from which you are flying from.
6) Name and full address of hotel you are staying at whilst in the US.

For access the online form click on this link.

Those who live countries that do not recognise the visa-waiver scheme must obtain a U.S. tourist visa from an American Embassy or Consulate. This also applies to those who do not qualify for a Visa waiver. This applies to members of the media if they are covering the event.

2) Travel Insurance

Now granted your stay in the US will be relatively short, but you can never be too cautious. The US does not have a National Health system so any medical treatment you receive will be charged to you if you have no insurance, so do please take some out before leaving. Also make sure you read the fine print of your insurance docs and a copy of them so that you can access them easily!

3) Money

There are some things to note when handling US currency. First, get a Cash Passport Card which can be charged up with money prior to leaving. It can be used like a credit card and will allow you to withdraw funds from cash machines. You can also use your credit card to withdraw cash from holes-in-the-wall. I can personally vouch for this, as I had one throughout PAX '08, E3'09 & PAX'09 and it worked on every cash machine I encountered.

For more information on Cash Passport Cards follow this link.

Remember to buy your currency as late as possible to take advantage of exchange rates. If you have never been to the US before, you will notice that the bills are all the same size regardless of value. Annoying I know, but true. So be mindful of this. Click on this link to see what each bill looks like just to help you: US Bills

Also, if you do plan on using a credit/debit card while at PAX East you must inform your issuing bank/company that you will be doing so. Banks have an automated fraud detection device that will block your card from working fully if you don't inform them that you plan to use your credit/debit card abroad. The best course of action is to call the number that is located on the back of the card.

Finally, on types of cards note the following: The above mentioned Cash Passport Card make has a Visa symbol so you'll be fine using it for withdrawing any money from a hole-in-the-wall that supports Visa. With regard to Maestro cards, while common in Europe they are hit or miss in the US. Some places can run them, others don't.

4) Mobile AKA 'Cell' Phones

Provided your phone is a Tri-Band one it will work fine. Your carrier (02, Orange, Vodaphone, 3 & T-Mobile) will have global services but they generally cost a huge amount of money. You get charged for receiving calls and people calling you on it get charged international rates, as the phone is not a local one. To get over this, buy an AT&T SIM card in the US that has a pay-as-you go deal attached to it. That way your phone becomes a local one and everyone is happy. I know I did this and it worked a treat on my own UK phone. This method will only work if your mobile is unlocked! Alternatively you can buy a $15 (£7) pay as you go phone to tide you over however this may not be an option to those that cannot bear to be seperated from their own phone.

The closest AT&T store to the Hynes Convention Center (where PAX East is being held) appears to be on Bolyston Street and is located here. So to get your SIM Card, pop into there and ask for a pay as you go SIM card.

On a final note, once you leave the US the number associated to this SIM card will revert back to AT&T after a period of time, depending on how much money you have slapped onto it. If you place $25 you get 60 days of ownership whilst if you stick $100 on it, that number is yours for 12 months. That's even if it is not used whilst you are outside the US. One final point, if you are using an iPhone or other smart phone all 3G online functionality will be shut down. No access to the internet will be allowed across a 3G network without paying a massive premium. Sending basic SMS messages is fine but is charged at 20 cents a shot, both sending and receiving. Please bear this in mind whilst you are at PAX. If you must gain access to Twitter and/or Facebook, find a WiFi network and use that. Do not try to use 3G!

Information for Canadian Rogers iPhone users.

You can buy US Data/Text/Voice Travel Packs for your phone before crossing the border. They are probably cheaper than paying whatever ad-hoc fees you would otherwise incur.

More details here:
http://www.rogers.com/web/content/wi...enfr-_-roaming

5) Travel

The favoured method of travel is a flight into Boston airport. We are taking a long haul flight, far more so than many other PAX attendees. This means we have a lot of sitting around to do. The DS/DSi will last longer than your PSP, but bring both (assuming you have both) as you'll need to break the trip up. Also, charge them before you head off to the airport. You may want to bring on the reading material described below as well, as the in-flight magazine doesn't have much in the way of video game related stuff in it. If you have a PSP 1000/2000/3000, get a spare battery for the flight, you'll need it!

Getting around Boston

ASK DIRECTIONS AT ANY POINT, ANY TIME, FROM ANYONE. IF YOU AREN'T SURE, ASK, BECAUSE YOU WILL GET HORRIFICALLY LOST VERY QUICKLY.

On arrival, you will be at LOGAN AIRPORT.

You will want to take a SHUTTLE (It will be a bus) or the SILVER LINE (Also a bus, it will be silver) to the LOGAN AIRPORT T STATION.

From there, you will want to buy a weekly pass, or get a Charlie Card and slap $10-15 on it.

Take the BLUE LINE INBOUND to GOVERNMENT CENTER. You can bring your luggage. You can then take the GREEN LINE INBOUND to get to the Prudential Center or Hynes Convention Center. EITHER STOP WILL WORK, THEY ARE ON OPPOSITE SIDES OF THE SAME COMPLEX. From there you can get directions to your hotel, which may be in the building from just about anyone walking around.

TAKING A CAB DIRECTLY OUT OF LOGAN AIRPORT WILL COST AN EXTRA $5-10 OVER NORMAL CAB FAIR. If you really want to take a cab, Take the BLUE LINE to the AQUARIUM. It will likely be the easiest stop to manhandle your luggage around, and will be relatively central to boston, which should make getting a cab easier, and you will not have to pay the "airport" surcharge.

A phone number to call for a cab (there is many companies) is (617) 536-5100. It is extremely difficult to flag down a cab, as that is not a common way to get one in Boston. Some locations will have taxi stands, such as the Convention Center, and any Hotel will call one for you.

Some T info was posted here.

Other useful posts are here and here.

Further points to note with respect to public transport within Boston:

There are two ways to get from Logan into Boston via the MBTA ("The T"). Well, three ways if you count a water taxi, but that's probably not relevant.

Option #1: the Silver Line. The Silver Line is relatively new. Unlike all the other colored T lines, it is actually a bus, not a train, although it runs through some dedicated tunnels like a train. The Silver Line does not go to the Airport T station. It stops directly at each airport terminal, and then takes you to South Station, where you would switch to the Red Line. Take the Red Line Inbound to Park St, where you can switch to the Green Line. Take any outbound green line train except the "E" train. Get off at Hynes.

Option #2:
the Blue Line. This is the older option, and people not familiar with the Silver Line may tell you to take this. The Blue Line has a station named "Airport". You get from the terminal to the Airport station by taking a shuttle bus. Once on the Blue Line, you ride to Government Center where you can switch to the Green Line. Take any inbound Green Line train except the "E" train.

Inbound and Outbound refer to whether a train is getting closer or further from the central hub composed of Park St / Downtown Crossing. Transfers from one line to another are free.

You can buy a Charlie Ticket from a kiosk near the Terminal exit, and also at any T station. This is a paper ticket with a mag stripe with some amount of money stored on it. But the Charlie Ticket is a ripoff for tourists. There is also a Charlie Card, which functions almost exactly the same except it's a reloadable RFID card, and you pay $1.70 per ride instead of $2.00 per ride. The Charlie Card is free, you can sometimes find boxes of them on top of the ticket machines, and if you can find a station attendant they should be able to get you one.

Special note on navigation

Let the Prudential Center [sic] be your north star. The convention center [sic] is attached to the Prudential Center [sic], which is visible from almost anywhere in Boston. If you get lost, walk towards it, and you'll get found. This is what it looks like:
Spoiler:

Brief Guide to Public Transport in Boston

Unlike London's sprawling and anchient Underground Tube system, Boston has a relatively straight forward mass transit system. A summary of it all can be read in this post.

6) Reading material

Whilst a variant of English is spoken in the US and indeed their magazines are written in it (despite the odd spelling issues), you'd be advised to take along the latest copies of The Edge, Retro Gamer and Games TM. None of these fine publications are readily available in the US outside Barnes and Noble and reading them whilst on the plane and in queues at PAX will make things a little more bearable. They can also be used as trading items/bribes as they are much sought after in the US.

7) Power

If you want to be able to continue to charge your DS and/or PSP you need to bring an adaptor. The giant UK plugs don't fit too well in US sockets so do buy a power plug adaptor before you head off. Also note that whilst your DS/DSi/PSP/Laptop will work fine off of the 110v US power supply it won't work at all for any consoles, should you be even considering bringing one. Don't, it just won't work without some kind of step up transformer to bring it up to 240v. Then there's the PAL output which makes things even more complicated...


Note: UK DS & DSi Chargers will need a step up transformer to function. Follow this link to order yourself one: Stepup Transformer and Maplin sell on for £25 here.

Press the Spoiler button to see an image of a UK DS/DSi Charger plugged into a Step-up transformer:
Spoiler:


Alternatively, you can just buy a cheap 3rd party charger in Seattle. By doing so you do carry the risk of voiding your warranty with Nintendo, as it's a third party charger! You have been warned!

8) Drinking and ID

The drinking age is 21 in the US, not 18 as in the rest of the world. This can confuse many and result in some crest fallen British folk when they try to buy some alchohol. Those of you that are 21 and over will be asked for their ID prior to buying any alchohol.

I personally had no problems with getting a drink using my European drivers license during PAX '08 and '09. This however is not the case with Boston, as PAX Primce is held in the state of Washington, not Massachusetts as PAX East will be. The state of Massachusetts has very different by-laws concerning valid ID's. Carrying around your passport is the only option I'm afraid. Yes it's a pain as the risk of losing such an important document is great, as are the consequences. The link below will take you to a list of officially sanctioned ID's that can be accepted for age checks:

Acceptable ID's

Also note that no matter how old you actually look, you will get checked. Yes I know it's ridiculous, but three is a policy of 'don't think, just do', so you have to prove you are over 21, even though you clearly look it! Remember this if you try to appeal to the bar staff if you forget to bring your passport with you!

In summary: if you intend to drink when you go out, TAKE YOUR PASSPORT. Also, note that the off-licenses (aka liquor stores) are required to close at 11 p.m. here (many shut before then), and bars are required to close at 2 A.M. (many shut down at 1 a.m.)

The public transport metro (or the "T") as it is called here runs until midnight (some lines run until 12.45 a.m., but you probably don't want to press your luck). So, if you're looking to have a big boozing in Boston, start early. Much like in the UK really!

9) Tickets/Badges

All tickets purchased from outside of the US must be picked up from the 'Will Call' area prior to entry. This is a generic term meaning 'ticket collection desk'.

Once you register you will pick up your badge from there. Just to restate, you will not receive your badge via the mail.

10) Telephone numbers

To dial for emergency services use 911, not 999. For directory enquiries use 411 or, if that doesn't work use 555-1212 or 1-555-1212.

11) Weather

PAX East takes place in the early Spring in Boston. Whilst temperate, Boston does actually have defined seasons, with snow being very much part of winter. Therefore it is very likely that you're going to have to pack some warm clothing whilst there as the temperature will likely drop to around 5-10 degrees C. What has been confirmed that March/April are rainy months, so packing an umbrella is a good idea.


12) Tipping


Not something British people are used to, but it is somewhat endemic in the US. The list below will give you an idea of what tips you are expected to give:

*Food server: 15-20%, make sure to see if gratuity is included for larger groups. If you pay with a credit card, try and leave the tip in cash

*Bartender: $1 per drink is standard, but a few dollars more shows you appreciate a finely crafted cocktail or some bartenderly advice.

*Taxi: 10% of total fare, maybe a little extra if driver helps with baggage etc.

*Doorman: $1 for hailing a cab or helping with your baggage

*Bell staff: $1-2 per bag, esp if they are heavy

*Housekeeper: $2/night. think about it, these people make your bed

*If your party is more than 8, the restaurant is legally required to include tip. Some will include it for 6 or more automatically.

Additional note on tipping: For tipping in restaurants, don't worry about putting tips on the credit card. However, if you are going to be splitting cheques (especially with multiple credit cards), make sure to let your server know right from the beginning and then tip them a little extra for the hassle =)

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  • VisionOfClarityVisionOfClarity Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Bring your passport, 90% of bars if not more will take your foreign drivers license, under MA it is considered a valid form of ID for the service of alcohol. The only thing a lot of bars will take is a passport, some shadier/lazier places may accept unapproved ID but they're doing it at the risk of being fined/shut down. Hell, in Boston they don't have to take your out of state license. A foreign drivers license is not considered valid ID even if it is the IDP. The below link has all acceptable forms of ID listed.

    http://www.mass.gov/abcc/enforcement/tools.htm


    Also, if you get a cash passport card make sure it has a Visa or MasterCard symbol or you'll run into some problems. In addition, Maestro symbols while common in Europe are hit or miss in the US. Some palces can run them, others can't.


    The weather you'll be able to of course more accurately predict as we get closer. March/April are rainy months for us so packing an umbrella is a good idea. Also for tipping, there are tip jars everywhere but you don't have to tip the coffee guy at Starbucks and places like that. If you order any room service you'll want to tip though and the same goes if you order any food for delivery.

  • dardordardor Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    For tipping in restaurants, don't worry about putting tips on the credit card. I do it all the time. However, if you are going to be splitting checks (especially with multiple credit cards), make sure to let your server know right from the beginning and then tip them a little extra for the hassle =)

    I'll take a potato chip and eat it!
  • kropotkinkropotkin Mr London UKRegistered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Thanks for the tips folks. I've amended the OP to reflect these comments.

  • vIMvIM Registered User
    edited January 2010
    Damn helpful my friend. Unfortunatly I couldn't get a direct flight to Boston in my price range, so am going via New Jersery I believe.

    But still, very helpful OP!

  • KiashienKiashien Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Side notes from someone living in boston:

    ASK DIRECTIONS AT ANY POINT, ANY TIME, FROM ANYONE. IF YOU AREN'T SURE, ASK, BECAUSE YOU WILL GET HORRIFICALLY LOST VERY QUICKLY.

    On arrival, you will be at LOGAN AIRPORT.

    You will want to take a SHUTTLE (It will be a bus) or the SILVER LINE (Also a bus, it will be silver) to the LOGAN AIRPORT T STATION.

    From there, you will want to buy a weekly pass, or get a Charlie Card and slap $10-15 on it.

    Take the BLUE LINE INBOUND to GOVERNMENT CENTER. You can bring your luggage. You can then take the GREEN LINE INBOUND to get to the Prudential Center or Hynes Convention Center. EITHER STOP WILL WORK, THEY ARE ON OPPOSITE SIDES OF THE SAME COMPLEX. From there you can get directions to your hotel, which may be in the building from just about anyone walking around.

    TAKING A CAB DIRECTLY OUT OF LOGAN AIRPORT WILL COST AN EXTRA $5-10 OVER NORMAL CAB FAIR. If you really want to take a cab, Take the BLUE LINE to the AQUARIUM. It will likely be the easiest stop to manhandle your luggage around, and will be relatively central to boston, which should make getting a cab easier, and you will not have to pay the "airport" surcharge.

    A phone number to call for a cab (there is many companies) is (617) 536-5100. It is extremely difficult to flag down a cab, as that is not a common way to get one in Boston. Some locations will have taxi stands, such as the Convention Center, and any Hotel will call one for you.

    Some T info was posted here.

    Other useful posts are here and here.

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  • Ed4Ed4 Registered User
    edited January 2010
    As a local, let me clarify the whole airport public transportation thing, because I haven't seen a clear description yet.

    There are two ways to get from Logan into Boston via the MBTA ("The T"). Well, three ways if you count a water taxi, but that's probably not relevant.

    Option #1: the Silver Line. The Silver Line is relatively new. Unlike all the other colored T lines, it is actually a bus, not a train, although it runs through some dedicated tunnels like a train. The Silver Line does not go to the Airport T station. It stops directly at each airport terminal, and then takes you to South Station, where you would switch to the Red Line. Take the Red Line Inbound to Park St, where you can switch to the Green Line. Take any outbound green line train except the "E" train. Get off at Hynes.

    Option #2: the Blue Line. This is the older option, and people not familiar with the Silver Line may tell you to take this. The Blue Line has a station named "Airport". You get from the terminal to the Airport station by taking a shuttle bus. Once on the Blue Line, you ride to Government Center where you can switch to the Green Line. Take any inbound Green Line train except the "E" train.

    Inbound and Outbound refer to whether a train is getting closer or further from the central hub composed of Park St / Downtown Crossing. Transfers from one line to another are free.

    You can buy a Charlie Ticket from a kiosk near the Terminal exit, and also at any T station. This is a paper ticket with a mag stripe with some amount of money stored on it. But the Charlie Ticket is a ripoff for tourists. There is also a Charlie Card, which functions almost exactly the same except it's a reloadable RFID card, and you pay $1.70 per ride instead of $2.00 per ride. The Charlie Card is free, you can sometimes find boxes of them on top of the ticket machines, and if you can find a station attendant they should be able to get you one.

  • DortmunderDortmunder Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Information for Canadian Rogers iPhone users.

    You can buy US Data/Text/Voice Travel Packs for your phone before crossing the border. They are probably cheaper than paying whatever ad-hoc fees you would otherwise incur.

    More details here:
    http://www.rogers.com/web/content/wireless-network/wn_travelphone?cm_mmc=grdrt-_-all-_-enfr-_-roaming

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  • DortmunderDortmunder Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Ed4 wrote: »
    Once on the Blue Line, you ride to Government Center where you can switch to the Green Line. Take any inbound Green Line train except the "E" train.

    Wouldn't the "E" be fine for anyone staying at the Sheraton, since it takes you to Prudential Center?

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  • kropotkinkropotkin Mr London UKRegistered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Thanks again for the tips on the getting around Boston and the advice for the Canadian travellers. I've updated the OP to include these tips.

    As an aside, I live and work in London and our public transport is a little more complex and somewhat larger. This means any attempt to describe how to get anywhere to an outsider can be somewhat difficult. I say this as it would appear tha both Kaishen and Ed4 are having a good shot at it for Boston :)

  • KiashienKiashien Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    As Dort said, it is quite fine to take the E line, you will just have to get off at the Prudential Center instead of the Hynes Convention center.

    In most cases you can walk indoors easilly from the Prudential Center stop to your hotel. although you may have to ask some locals for directions. If they don't know, just move on and ask someone else.

    Happy traveling!

    ~Kia

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  • KiashienKiashien Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Tipping note: If your party is more than 8, the restaurant is legally required to include tip. Some will include it for 6 or more automatically.

    The pirate hat riding bobcat compels you...

    Relevant info: #PAX East: 3 Coin Lunch organizer. 2012 Trading card available. Pokecrawl Assistant 2012. Pokecrawl attendee 2011. Cult of the Leaf attendee 2012.
  • KiashienKiashien Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Extra side note: Boston Cab Drivers are legally required to take at the very least, Visa. Some take Mastercard as well.

    The pirate hat riding bobcat compels you...

    Relevant info: #PAX East: 3 Coin Lunch organizer. 2012 Trading card available. Pokecrawl Assistant 2012. Pokecrawl attendee 2011. Cult of the Leaf attendee 2012.
  • baelionbaelion Registered User
    edited January 2010
    i realise it's still more pricey than the T but it seems there's hotel shuttles that are cheaper than a cab too. think i saw one to the sheraton for $16. if i'm all but dead to the world by the time i get to boston on the wednesday, i'm debating grabbing one of them.

    Spoiler:
  • kropotkinkropotkin Mr London UKRegistered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Again thanks for all the tips. OP amended accordingly

  • mspencermspencer Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Kiashien wrote: »
    Extra side note: Boston Cab Drivers are legally required to take at the very least, Visa. Some take Mastercard as well.
    I'm not an international traveller, but I work for a merchant processing company.

    Really? Legally required? To accept Visa, a cab has to sign a private contract with a merchant processor (an "acquiring bank") like the company I work for. It's a competitive market and there are many such companies out there . . . but merchant processors don't HAVE to accept anyone as a merchant they don't want to accept. As a matter of fact, if a cab company was added to the MATCH list of forbidden or blocked merchants -- such that NO processor would be allowed to process for them until they resolved the problem that got them listed -- then this would mean they would be effectively banned from operating a cab service in Boston.

    Are you sure that's correct? It seems strange for a law to mandate someone sign a contract with a private business. Plausible, but strange.

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  • KiashienKiashien Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Yea it's really weird that it's legally required, but I work in city hall sometimes (Consultant) so I was dead certain when I posted it :)

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  • mspencermspencer Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Well I'll be.

    There are some "interesting" (boring) things wrong with those official documents, which nobody will care about.
    Spoiler:

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  • ZeroHourHeroZeroHourHero Registered User
    edited January 2010
    I was thinking: Maybe we get some people to act as ambassadors or some such thing for international travellers who've never been to the states.... Show people around, hang out, be generally awesome.

    That sort of thing.

  • KiashienKiashien Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Note: If you aquire a cell phone and find yourself in an emergency, ALL CELL PHONE CARRIERS, AND ALL CELL PHONES ARE REQUIRED TO PUT YOU THROUGH TO 911 REGARDLESS OF MINUTES, PHONE, ETC.

    Basically if they can, they must.

    Also, push and hold 9 on any cell phone, and it will contact 911. Useful in an emergency, but less useful with the advent of touchscreens.

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  • dardordardor Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Even cell phones without SIM cards can call 911.

    I'll take a potato chip and eat it!
  • kropotkinkropotkin Mr London UKRegistered User regular
    edited January 2010
    I was thinking: Maybe we get some people to act as ambassadors or some such thing for international travellers who've never been to the states.... Show people around, hang out, be generally awesome.

    That sort of thing.

    Those of us who reside outside of the US will be meeting friends who do indeed hail from what used to be called 'The Colonies'. I do however appreciate the thought and if indeed you think it would be beneficial then by all means make some kind of welcoming committee or something :)

  • baelionbaelion Registered User
    edited January 2010
    a welcoming committee would be nice. i'm heading over on my lonesome.

    Spoiler:
  • ZeroHourHeroZeroHourHero Registered User
    edited January 2010
    Anyone that heading over and A) Needs a place to stay come see me ($250-$275 USD for 4 Days) B) Just wants someone to hang out with so they arent wandering aimlessly alone throughout Boston.

    Send me a message, the more the merrier.

  • kropotkinkropotkin Mr London UKRegistered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Just a quick reminder to those wanting to travel to PAX East from foreign climes, be sure to get your Passport updated and check that it has at least 6 months left to spare on expiry date, otherwise you won't be let on the plane. Also make sure you sign up to the visa wavier form, linked in the OP!

  • ZeroHourHeroZeroHourHero Registered User
    edited February 2010
    Random Note: I'll be in Boston from the 22nd, and already have a metro pass and be looking for things to do come wednesday and thursday evening. If you want a hand with your luggage and getting around, email me, Ill be more than happy to take the T to the airport and help out.

  • Wraith260Wraith260 Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    kropotkin wrote: »
    Just a quick reminder to those wanting to travel to PAX East from foreign climes, be sure to get your Passport updated and check that it has at least 6 months left to spare on expiry date, otherwise you won't be let on the plane. Also make sure you sign up to the visa wavier form, linked in the OP!

    this isn't actually a problem any Brits. least not according to the foreign office:
    Does my British passport have to be valid for six months beyond my date of departure from the United States?

    No, if your passport is not valid for at least six months beyond your date of departure from the United States, it will not affect your eligibility to travel. The United States has an agreement with the United Kingdom automatically extending the validity of a passport for six months past the passport's expiration date. Therefore, your passport need remain valid only for the duration of your stay in the United States.

    If you are travelling visa free under the Visa Waiver Program and your passport is not valid for 90 days, you will be admitted into the United States until the date on which the passport expires.

    http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/north-central-america/united-states

    it'd still be worth updating your passport if you're really worried, but its not required.

  • kropotkinkropotkin Mr London UKRegistered User regular
    edited February 2010
    @Wraith260 - Thanks for the tip! I'll amend the OP right away!

  • Wraith260Wraith260 Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    kropotkin wrote: »
    @Wraith260 - Thanks for the tip! I'll amend the OP right away!

    no problem. only checked it out as my passport expires in a few months and there's not much time left had it needed to be renewed.

    still something worth checking for those travelling from other countries though.

  • OnWeOnWe Registered User
    edited February 2010
    General tip: applies to all those who do not know boston.

    Let the Prudential Center be your north star. The convention center is attached to the prudential center, which is visible from almost anywhere in Boston. If you get lost, walk towards it, and you'll get found. This is what it looks like:
    Spoiler:

    Also, and I can't stress this enough, as others have said, if you intend to drink when you go out, TAKE YOUR PASSPORT. Also, a good thing to know for all you brits abroad out there... the off-licenses are required to close at 11 p.m. here (many shut before then), and bars are required to close at 2 A.M. (many shut down at 1 a.m.)
    The subway (or the "T") as it is called here runs until midnight (some lines run until 12.45 a.m., but you probably don't want to press your luck). So, if you're looking to have a big boozing in boston, start early.

  • kropotkinkropotkin Mr London UKRegistered User regular
    edited February 2010
    @OnWe Many thanks for these additional tips! I've updated the OP to include them. I especially like the land mark idea of knowning where you are. I use it in London, although with my home city being such a sprawling mass, I tend to switch between landmarks depending on where I am. Examples include Centre Point tower in the West End and the Swiss Rae building for the City.

    On a side note, I wonder how many people would come to a PAX Europe from the US if it was held in London? I doubt that many as the cost would be astronomic!!! Still, it would be nice to have it run on my home turf :P

  • kropotkinkropotkin Mr London UKRegistered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Just added a link to this post about using the mass transit system in Boston. If I tried to do something similar for London, it would consist of a large PDF manual.

  • kropotkinkropotkin Mr London UKRegistered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Bumping this post as a gentle reminder that those travelling to the US must fill out an electronic visa waiver form prior to leaving their home country. This is linked in the OP.

  • AlphariusAlpharius Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Really great thread - I'm heading over from Ireland, will see you there!

    Check out my 40k blog: WarHamSandwich
  • baelionbaelion Registered User
    edited March 2010
    i recently memorised the counties of ireland. in order to impress my girlfriend.

    backfired a bit. she forgot a couple when she listed them :S

    Spoiler:
  • kropotkinkropotkin Mr London UKRegistered User regular
    edited March 2010
    ' wrote:
    -[arlequin;14010728']Really great thread - I'm heading over from Ireland, will see you there!

    Why thank you sir. Liking the forum avatar btw, what's that chapter called?

  • AlphariusAlpharius Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    They're the Alpha Legion!

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  • kropotkinkropotkin Mr London UKRegistered User regular
    edited March 2010
    ' wrote:
    -[arlequin;14011960']They're the Alpha Legion!

    Ah I see. I have a contingent of Crimson Fists, which may have come across the Alpha's once or twice...anyway, better stop this for fear of Moe Fwacky shutting the thread down for going off topic!

  • GentlemanneGentlemanne Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Out of interest, how many of us Brits will be flying out, and where from? Would be better not to be sat alone in the airport :P

    In regards to me, Im flying out from Birmingham on the 25th.

  • kropotkinkropotkin Mr London UKRegistered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Out of interest, how many of us Brits will be flying out, and where from? Would be better not to be sat alone in the airport :P

    In regards to me, Im flying out from Birmingham on the 25th.

    Flying American Airlines on Thursday 25th March. Wow, it's little over a week away! Oh man, I better book my Heathrow Express tickets.

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