For anyone not aware of my situation, me and my husband are currently still living 4000 miles apart from each other. It’s been this way for over 2 years now and we’re going through a year long visa process so I can go and join him in America as a permanent resident (read more about how our story began HERE). So I’m no stranger to solo travel. I met the other half while travelling solo in Jamaica, we spend hours alone on flights, we only see each other in person a few times a year and he’s lovely enough to not hold me back from travelling when we can’t be together. But being married has changed my view on solo travel.
I’m always under the impression that if I lived in a place that had a nice beach/waterfront boardwalk, I’d be the type of person that’d go running in the morning or evening, it always looks so relaxing. Currently I live on the edge of town, with fields, a river and a lovely new cycle path, but do I run along it? No, not anymore, because you just used to end up being chased by dogs. So it seems that when I travel, I actually exercise more than what I do when I’m at home. Here are 5 fun ways to stay active while on the road!
Another month gone already! Here I’ll be looking back on what I’ve been up to this month, the places I’ve been, the highs and lows, how the endless visa process is going and other random things I’m finding interesting this month! *Little Side Note* I’m still not quite an Expat yet…preparing myself for when I am!
Las Vegas, the casino city in the middle of the Nevada Desert, USA. Known primarily for its wild parties and gambling, I don’t like either of those so why did I end up in a place I should have hated? I made one loop of a casino and didn’t understand how any of the machines worked, I just wanted to spend maybe $5 just to say I had done it and ended up giving up. But I discovered there’s more to Vegas than what it gets its reputation for! Instead of getting an adrenaline buzz from the casinos, why not check out some of the Las Vegas thrill rides?! They make a great alternative thing to do in Las Vegas if you don’t like partying or gambling!
I’m going to say it… I’m a HUGE Harry Potter nerd and like any other Harry Potter fan, there are 2 world-wide MUST visit attractions I just had to go to. So rather than between England and Iowa…this is more between England and Florida! England, UK is home to the Warner Bros Studio Tour…and Florida, USA has The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, so let’s have a wizard dual between the two, which is better?!
The Hollywood Sign, located in the Hollywood Hills of LA, USA…you see it in so many films and TV shows yet it’s always so far away. My goal – to touch it…to see how big it really is close-up. After lots of Google researching, you discover it’s totally off limits and you’re only ever going to be able to touch it, if you dress up as a shrub and SAS crawl on your belly under the fence that guards it. However, there are a couple of trails that you can hike that get you behind the sign.
Geeky post alert! I have a bit of a soft spot for Funicular Railways and the city of Lisbon in Portugal has plenty! When I was researching my trip, I knew there was a chance I’d be pushed for time and wouldn’t be able to ride on them all. I could find information such as their location but when it came to which ones were worth a trip, there wasn’t a whole lot of help out there! So here’s my guide to the 4 Lisbon Funicular Railways; Elavador de Santa Justa, Ascensor da Bica, Ascensor da Gloria and Ascensor do Lavra.
Yesterday was Valentine’s Day. When you’re in a long distance relationship, Valentine’s Day isn’t really any different from any other day! Me and my other half aren’t bothered about celebrating it. It holds no real relevance to us (it’s not a day where we met, got engaged and it’s not our wedding anniversary), we’ve spent the last 3 apart and don’t need a certain day to let each other know that we love them. Distance makes us feel a bit like a power couple. If we can get through this temporary situation, surely we can get through anything that life throws at us. Here are 5 qualities that make long distance couples the strongest in the world!