Extremely Cold (-36'C) Short Visit in Fairbanks, Alaska

5 Days Solo Trip in Winter United States
January 31 to February 04, 2020

This trip was supposedly aiming for the Northern Lights (aurora borealis) chase. Somehow it's a good thing that the Northern Lights did not come out as I cannot withstand the extreme coldness on 2 days I stayed here in Fairbanks. Alaska, United States is now officially holds my record as the COLDEST (-36'C), NORTHERNMOST and WESTERNMOST (UTC -0900H). Thank you Alaska! #fairbanks #alaska #unitedstates #livealifeyouwillremember

Day 2: February 1, 2020 Saturday / Alaska day trip
0000H ETA Los Angeles airport (sleep in airport)
0600H ETD Los Angeles; flight AS453
0900H ETA Seattle UTC -0800H (2hr transit)
1150H ETD Seattle; flight AS123
1450H ETA Fairbanks UTC -0900H; Uber to Hostel $16
Fairbanks night trip (2200H-0300H)
Billie's Backpackers Hostel $40; dinner $27; No Northern Lights appear :(
Subtotal: $83

Day 3: February 2, 2020 Sunday / Fairbanks Northern Lights
1000H ETD Hostel; Pad Thai & McDo $25; Uber to airport $13
1400H ETA Fairbanks airport; souvenir $2
1555H ETD Alaska UTC -0900H; flight AS132
2032H ETA Seattle UTC -0800H
Subtotal: $66

Extremely Cold Fairbanks, Alaska Short Visit

Los Angeles, California Short Night Visit

5 Days Solo Trip in Winter United States
January 31 to February 04, 2020

This trip was supposedly almost whole day tour, even includes San Francisco flights. But due to 5 hours delayed flight from LATAM Airline Easter Island to Santiago flight, domino effect to my Los Angeles flight was drastically affected. By the way, I have 2 out of 5 LATAM flights delayed on this 6 days trip in Chile.

Day 1: January 31, 2020 Friday / California short visit
1220H ETD Lima; flight LA2470
1815H ETA Los Angeles UTC -0800H (immigration long queuing)
1930H Los Angeles short visit; dinner $21; LAX metro green line $4
2030H Staples Center (Pico stn, expo line)
2200H Hollywood Boulevard / Walk of Fame (Highland stn, red line)
Universal Studios Hollywood (Universal city stn, red line)
souvenirs $5; uber to LAX terminal 6 $36
Subtotal: $79

Hollywood, California Short Night Visit

How to Apply for United States B2 Tourist Visa as Philippine Passport Holder

an adventure of Pinoy backpacker in processing travel documents

* B2 visa type is for or general pleasure, visit to friends and relatives, medical treatment, and amateur/unpaid participants in cultural or sports events.
* A US visitor visa is customarily granted a validity period of a minimum of three (3) months to a maximum period of ten (10) years. Every visit is however, limited to a maximum stay of six (6) months.
* The issuance of a visa is not a sure-fire guarantee that the applicant will be allowed entry in the US since said holders are still subject to the scrutiny of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials who are likewise empowered to deny entry even to valid tourist visa holders.
* The secret to an almost guaranteed approval of a US tourist visa is to BE BRIEF!
* As long as the applicant proves that his intended stay in the US is temporary, then the chances of approval of the visa application are high. Furthermore, applicants must establish the truthfulness of the following circumstances, in order to prove his intention of returning to his country of origin:
    · That he maintains a residence outside the US which he has no intention of abandoning and has social and economic ties in his country of origin
    · That he has means to financially support himself while in the country and will depart at the end of his authorized stay

United States B-2 visa approved (2019-2029)


2. PASSPORT – must be valid for at least six months from the date of intended departure from the United States.
3.  PHOTO - 1 pc. 2" x 2" standard photo.  The photo must be in color, taken within the last 6 months
4. Confirmation and Instruction page printed from the website
5. PROOF OF RELATIONSHIP (if applying with/for dependent/s) - Original marriage certificate printed on Philippine National Statistics Office security paper, if applicable (if applying with a spouse and/or child) and original birth certificate printed on Philippine National Statistics Office security paper (for dependent/s).
6. The following supporting documents may or may not be requested from the applicant and are only required at the discretion of the consular officer (must be originals):
   - Bank statements for the last three (3) months and both current and former bank account passbooks
    - Employment certification including salary, tenure and position / Form W-2
    - Income tax return with Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) or bank stamp / Audited financial statement with BIR or bank stamp
    - Pay slips for the last three (3) months / Credit card statements for the prior three months
    - Vehicle registration with official receipt / Land titles (no certified copies please)
    - Pictures of family, home or business / Wedding photos
    - For students, certificate of school registration
    - Certification of membership to legitimate organization(s)

5 Days Solo Trip in Winter United States

2nd visit in United States (California, Washington and Alaska)
My 90th solo backpacking trip, 1st country to visit in North America continent (2nd visit in the United States, 1st visit was in July 2019), 112th country visited on my journey beyond #lakbay100 and of course and usual budget do-it-yourself itinerary from arrival to departure. I did not research that much for this country due also on limited time and laziness.

2020 Annual Leave 1st set 2nd leg; on my journey to visit all the States of USA and farthest place in the western part of the globe at GMT -0900H #livealifeyouwillremember #unitedstates #americandream #thankyouverymuch

The United States of America is a large country in North America is home to the world's third-largest population, with over 318 million people, it includes both densely populated cities with sprawling suburbs and vast, uninhabited natural areas. With its history of mass immigration dating from the 17th century, it is a "melting pot" of cultures from around the world and plays a dominant role in the world's cultural landscape. It's home to a wide array of popular tourist destinations, ranging from the skyscrapers of Manhattan and Chicago to the natural wonders of Yellowstone and Alaska, to the warm, sunny beaches of Florida and Hawaii and the deserts of Arizona.

5 Days Solo Trip in Winter United States

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