I always prepare files on my next trip, with maps, contacts, mails, telephones, emergency contacts ( embassy, consulate, lawyers speaking my language, insurance registration etc.) i keep in my bag (in case my suitcase would be lost in airports…)
A few months ago i went to California i was very careful to print only parts of my mails with 2 owners, i deleted all infos about their pets. Their phones were listed on my cell. With no mention of sit or THS after their name ( not either on whatsapp)
Paranoid ? I kept all other infos (welcome guide, routine) on different files on my lap top without any mention of petsitting in a selected directory called California 2023 not THS or pet sitting…
I had initially added the copy of the lounge pass for SF with my flight ticket, suddenly i thought it might be risky to keep it in my bag, with my boarding pass, even in my suitcase as it was supposed to be used only on my return !
Why a lounge pass would have been given to me by Trustedhousesitters.com?
what could i have explained to the immigration officer if i was asked ?
For the same reasons when i learned that THS has printed a letter to explain to US authorities what pet sitting is, i would never travel with this letter. Much too dangerous. Contradictory to what i would tell immigration : i’m visiting friends, i plan to do tourism.
I explained to the officer all the places i hoped to visit : San Francisco, sausalito, Muir woods, big sur.
i could show him a few hôtels reservations i had booked via booking com (printed too with my return ticket )
I had already decided to cancel these bookings once arrived safely in the States ( free cancellation)
One of my friends lives in California, she was ok to tell any officer i would stay at her place on my arrival. Which was not true.
I’m very careful with the immigration process. Don’t want to face any rejection and then not be allowed to come back to the country…
A few years ago in Vancouver, i was asked by an officer about cheese, and other products i could have brought from France as gifts to my friends, i knew it was forbidden.
My canadian friends had warned me that if i lied to customs, i would be banned for ever, i could not go back to B.C , not to Canada. So i did not dare to bring and hide a camembert…