I recently attended my very first travel blogging conference! I umm’ed and ahh’ed about going for ages. The 2017 Women in Travel Summit (or WITS for short) was in Milwaukee, Wisconsin…just a 3 hour drive from where I now live in Iowa! I’d have been silly not to have gone! But all the thoughts were there…what if my old banger of an American car breaks down? Would I get totally lost driving all that way just 7 months after passing my USA driving test? Would I be spending the whole weekend alone? Is my blog too small to really benefit from anything? Little fish in a big pond…would all the other larger blogs outshine me?
Now here’s something I may not have mentioned on my blog before. I am a girl, I’m 5ft4 inches tall AND I hold a UK class 2 truck license. Think the size of a bin lorry (garbage truck), fire engine, a coach with no passengers, anything that’s rigid, up to 4 axels. I may not have taken up truck driving, but I was a delivery driver for 3 years. I was on the road, 6 days a week, averaging around 10 hours a day during the week. I picked up things that made my life on the road easier and now I’m going to share some of my best road trip tips with you!
You may have noticed that I’m slightly obsessed with my Fitbit Flex. Now more than ever because I signed up for Run The Year, a just for fun fitness challenge with the aim of walking/running/hiking 2,017 miles in 2017! To put this into perspective, to complete this alone, it would mean doing 5.5miles (13,000 steps) EVERYDAY for the whole year! Don’t worry, you can also sign up with a buddy and complete the challenge as part of a team!
Taste of the World is an annual free event that takes place in Dubuque, Iowa. It is hosted by the Multicultural Family Center and celebrates Dubuque’s cultural diversity. It was so refreshing to attend an event that brought so many different nationalities together under one roof. Everyone was smiling and chatting and having a great time!
My goodness. I’d never been so cold in my life until I moved to Iowa. It’s not unusual for the temperature to be -20c/-4f on a daily basis, it can even get lower than this! I honestly thought temperatures that low only existed in the poles…not in a country where the summers are 30c/86f! Here are my (not so serious) Midwest winter survival tips!
My favourite type of book to read are ones that are travel inspired. They have the power to make me feel like I’m somewhere else, even if I’m just at home sitting on the sofa! In 2016 I read over 30 books! When I moved to America, I even signed up for a library card! There was a huge library in my hometown in England but for some reason I never really used it once I was an adult, I always just bought paperbacks or downloaded Kindle books! Here are some of my favourite books, some have even inspired me to travel because of reading them!
2016 took me to 8 countries (Mexico, Czech Republic, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Poland, America, England) and 4 American States (Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri)! Today I share my top 10 favourite experiences and places that I visited!
This year will be my first Christmas day away from home. I’ve spent every year doing the same traditions and to be honest, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without them! Now I’m living in America, I’m going to bring a few of my UK traditions to my US life!