There’s nothing that a British person loves more than to moan about the weather. It’s in our blood. So you can imagine my joy (using the term loosely) when I discovered that Iowa was going to be hit with wind chill temperatures of -50c. All those people back home on my Twitter and Facebook feeds going “It’s -6c/21f!! I’ve never been so cold in my whole life!!”…and I’m sat here like “…well…hold my tea, I’ve got news for you!”. Ladies and gentlemen I give you the Midwest Polar Vortex 2019.
I’m all for trying unique experiences and when I first heard about floatation therapy and float tanks, I had to try it out! I had seen something similar in a hotel lobby in Las Vegas a while back, it was a kind of water bed in a pod which moved in a way that massaged you. This is a little different though, a float tank is like a giant bath filled with a saline/epsom salt salution which allows you to float in just a few inches of water, similar to the dead sea!
Since moving to the USA, I’ve had to rely on visiting small towns to get my travel fix. I’m 3 and a half hours away from the nearest two large cities (Chicago and Des Moines), which make just trying to get to the airport a chore. In the UK I was spoilt living 20 minutes from one of London’s airports, I could get from my front door and to a major city IN ANOTHER COUNTRY within 3 and a half hours. I can’t even drive across a state in that time! So if I want to get away for a quick weekend break, I’ve had to train myself to view anywhere and everywhere as a tourist destination, no matter how big or how small.
As a fairly new drone pilot I’m still learning the ins and outs of travelling with a drone, but I thought I would share with you some of my experiences so far! I bought a DJI Spark because it’s one of the smallest drones out there, yet still produces good images and videos! One of my biggest priorities when I bought it, was that it had to be small enough to be able to travel with easily! But it’s not as simple as getting on a plane and then sending it up when you arrive in the destination, there’s a lot to consider.
There’s no denying that everyone loves a good nose at what people pack in their suitcases and now I’m going to give you a look into mine. This is a look at what was on my Australia packing list for a 2 week trip during winter! Typically when the Northern Hemisphere gets their school breaks, the Southern Hemisphere is just coming into winter. So while I’ve been used to temperatures reaching between 30c – 40c (high 80fs to 90s), I traded them in for temperatures a bit of a jump lower than that!
I’ve never been someone that’s been affected by the way people look in the media. You often hear it ‘young girls worrying about body image etc because of what they see in magazines and on TV’…nope, never been me. I’ve always been happy with myself. Until recently. Instagram really started getting me down and making me think that I wasn’t good enough and that you have to be and do things a certain way to be ‘successful’. Even then it’s still not a looks thing. I don’t want to be the person in the photos because that’s not me, but it was almost like my life isn’t ‘good enough’. But for the most part I like my life, I LOVE my travels so why should I be feeling like I’m doing it wrong?
I don’t know about you, but I find going to the toilet a bit of a chore. Especially when you travel! I’m sure you can all relate, wandering around a city bursting for a pee and attempting to find a public bathroom (Venice, I’m looking at you with your ‘follow’ the WC graffiti for miles just to pay 1.50Euro just to relieve yourself…or Mostar when I paid to use the toilet to discover there was NO toilet, just a hole in the ground, that felt like the biggest rip off ever!). Or having to hold on for hours on a long bus journey. However, sometimes the toilet stops can surprise you, they appear in the most beautiful locations and offer you amazing views from the loo and suddenly it turns a mundane task into a memorable experience!
One of my favourite souvenirs that I always pick up on my trips, is what I like to call my ‘travel bracelets’! They are often cheap, come in a whole range of different colours and you don’t need to worry about needing to have space in your luggage because you just chuck them on your arm. Problem solved! Once they make ‘the arm’, I rarely take them off, they have to withstand the sea, swimming pools, baths etc and to be honest, a lot of them don’t stand the test of time. They end up snapping or just look manky. Apart from two. My El Camino travel memory bracelet and my Pura Vida bracelets! At the bottom of the post I share my Pura Vida coupon code to receive 20% off their travel bracelets, so keep reading!