This run literally sums me up to a T…I love being active…but then I also love to pig out! Run 5K (3 miles) and be rewarded with chocolate…what more could you want?! I signed up to Hot Chocolate 15K/5K, which as the name suggests has both a 15K (9 miles) and a 5K hot chocolate run. At the moment they have races in 17 cities across the USA (5 being in the Midwest) which are spread out over the ‘winter’ season. I took part in the 5K in Minneapolis, Minnesota!
Every expat’s dream right, when a low cost airline introduces a cheap route home!? At the end of March, Norwegian Airlines started flying between Chicago O’Hare and London Gatwick. I flew over Easter weekend for $500/£350 RETURN, if I wasn’t flying over a peak weekend, it could have potentially been even cheaper. I had booked the Norwegian LowFare, my first time flying long haul with a budget airline and believe it or not, it wasn’t horrendous!
Even on a typical gloomy English bank holiday, Flatford Mill in Suffolk still has a charm about it. This little corner of England is know as ‘Constable Country’ after the famous painter, John Constable found inspiration in the area for some of his artwork, after his parents bought Flatford Mill back in the 1700s. But there are records of a mill being at Flatford written in the Domesday book which dates back nearly 1000 years ago! (William The Conquerer ‘surveyed’ the whole of England and Wales in 1087 to determine land taxes across the country and the findings were recorded in the Domesday Book).
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!
I honestly can’t believe that Tibidabo Amusement Park doesn’t appear on more Barcelona itineraries. Ok so you’re not a fan of amusement parks? Well what if I told you that the Tibidabo Skywalk is completely free to enter, offers panoramic views across the city of Barcelona (it is on the top of Mount Tibidabo after all!) and has fairground rides that are almost 100 years old? The Tibidabo Skywalk is where some of my all time favourite travel photos have been taken. It should definitely be visited during a trip to Barcelona!
I’m sure I’m not the only British person to have been excited by the American superstore Walmart…I remember when I was preparing for Camp America one of the pieces of advice from returning camp counsellors was “don’t worry about packing too much, the camp director takes everyone on a Walmart run in the first few days”. So Walmart was built up as being the best place ever because if they don’t sell it…then you probably don’t need it, whatever you need, you can get it! When planning our Route 66 itinerary, we even factored in a Walmart stop ‘supermarket sweep’ style…grab a trolley/cart, you have 45 minutes to grab everything in sight!
I could have spent an awful lot longer in Western Australia. But as a part time traveller who just wants to see as much as possible, I crammed a 3000km road trip into just 7 days and I loved every single second. This is my 1 week Western Australia road trip itinerary, including where I stopped each night, what there is to see on the route and how we spent our time in our overnight town stops! I designed my trip so I either had a full afternoon or morning in the towns that we stopped at. If you don’t have the time to go from Perth to Exmouth, Perth to Coral Bay is well worth the trip!
Driving Route 66 is very much about the journey rather than the destination and part of the fun is staying in a new place every night! There’s a huge range of accommodation options from campgrounds, to big chain hotels but for this post I’m embracing the unique motels on Route 66! I’m talking about the individual ‘independent’ motels. The ones covered in Route 66 memorabilia and the classic neon signs! I’m guilty for staying in some chains during my trip (you can see a full list in my Route 66 2 week itinerary), so I’ve teamed up with some awesome travel bloggers who have contributed some of their experiences of motels on Route 66!