I was fortunate growing up. From a very young age, every year we’d go on holiday in the caravan, sometimes multiple times a year. The first time I went overseas I was 11 years old, but this was a one off! Of course being a small child (and then a teenager) I equally loved the excitement of going away but then certainly done my fair share of moaning! Believe me, there was only so much scenery and walking that my small mind could deal with!!
So I may be the world’s worst travel hacker…when I moved to the USA, bearing in mind I had NO credit score, so it was like starting again, I just got whatever credit card that my local bank would give me. It’s one of those jobs that I’ve just never got round to changing BUT I do collect air miles and I’m close to getting a free Caribbean return flight! This is how I collect air miles without a credit card through the American Airlines AAdvantage program!
It wasn’t until I really sat down and thought about it, that it occurred to me just how emotional airports can be. Just think about experiences that you might have had. I know that I personally must have experienced what feels like every emotion on the spectrum! It fascinates me to sit at an airport and wonder where people are coming from or going to and what their stories are and now I’m going to share with you some of mine!
I saw a comparison on Facebook the other day about the differences between Christmas in the UK and Christmas in the USA and I had to disagree with most of what they were saying was true to an English Christmas! It may have been true a long time ago but growing up in the 90s and 00’s, it didn’t ring true to me. Today I’m reminiscing about the Christmas traditions I had growing up (*hint* there was no Elf On The Shelf or computers and smart phones!)
So you’ve probably come across these bucket lists a hundred times before. I had a ‘things to do before you die list’ and I pretty much completed everything on it…skydiving – done, bungee jump – done, canyon swing – done, swim with sharks – done, surf Waikiki Beach – done, you just have to check out my adrenaline activity list to see a whole bunch of crazy stuff that I’ve completed. I HAD a 30 before 30 list, to visit 30 countries before I turned 30 and I smashed it out of the park…I even upped it to 40 countries and I’m currently on 39 with a year to go!
I am a huge fan of packing light. If I can travel with only a backpack, I will. If I have to check a bag or am going on a longer trip, I’ll take the smallest suitcase/roller holdall I can find. I couldn’t imagine anything worse than having luggage the same size as me and having to haul it in and out of cars, off and on public transport, up and down stairs when the accommodation has no lift/elevator. The following items I travel with every time I go away, whether it’s for a weekend ‘staycation’ or 2 weeks overseas! Hopefully I can help you to pack a little lighter!
I was a delivery driver in the UK. I spent hours every week stuck in traffic, driving a manual (stick shift) vehicle, driving along country lanes, navigating roundabouts…I thought I had seen and experienced a lot when it comes to driving and was fairly confident in my abilities. That was until I moved to America. Here I share some of the truths about driving in America (especially from a British expat’s perspective)!
Since I became an ‘immigrant’, I was intrigued to find out if any of my ancestors had emigrated/come from anywhere other than Great Britain…has travel always been in my blood…literally!! Ancestry DNA recently had a sale so it seemed like the perfect time to find out!