Monday, 24 April 2017

My Wanderlust Wishlist #1

I'm sure everyone knows by now that I went to New York twice last year and it was probably the best time of my life. I had never been to the states before and I have always wanted to go there. First time was for four days and the next time was for a week and to be quite honest, I would have happily stayed there for longer. I definitely could not live there full time because of how busy it is, but it is one of those places that is worth a decent lengthy stay. New York is probably one of the reasons why I want to be able to see the wider picture and be able to explore more of the world.

Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy a nice sunny holiday to be able to do absolutely nothing, relax and enjoy the scenery. But, even then I like to get out, walk around and be able to see the sights. I like the kind of holidays where you can go on excursions and perhaps learn something about the country that you are in. There is only so much sun that you can enjoy, as I am not the type of person who can just sit around sun tanning, as I get bored very easily! But let's get into the places that I would love to visit and why!

Australia is a beautiful place that is definitely at the top of my list! I have always wanted to travel to Australia, especially the outback to be able to visit all the animals, go on Safari and tour the country! There are so many locations in Australia to visit, that I would need at least a month to be able to enjoy it properly and take advantage of how large of a country it actually is. One of the main things that I would love to do is feed Joeys and visit the set of Neighbours and perhaps Home and Away (yes, I do love those soaps).

I would love to visit Amsterdam, mainly to be able to visit Ann Franks house, as this is something I have always wanted to do. Ever since watching A Fault In Our Stars, it has made me want to go even more, even with all the stairs! The sex museum is something I would also like to do, as it is the kind of person I am. Not only is it interesting, but I think I would find it quite humorous too, for obvious reasons. I also think it has the lovely scenery being able to rent a bicycle and bike around as you wish, to be able to take it all in.

Ever since visiting Disneyland Paris. I have always wanted to visit it's extremely larger counterpart in Orlando. I visited Paris when I was 11 years old, so for me wanting to visit now says it all. But then again, I have already got a holiday booked for 2 weeks in September and I am already counting down the days to go. So much to go out to see and lots of adventures to take. I love Disney and I absolutely love the states! So I am glad I am going to be able to eventually tick this one off my bucket list!

Auschwitz has always been a place I have wanted to visit, historically. Although, as sad as it is, it fascinates me but for educational purposes and to pay my respects to those who lost their lives during this period. I have read a lot about it and I have seen plenty of images, but I want to be able to experience it for myself just so I can get a tiny glimpse of what it would have been like and be able to learn more about the Holocaust.

I know it is not your typical sun, sea, sand and sangria type holiday but I feel like it is one of those places you definitely need to visit at least once. I want to go and take in all the culture, especially all of the delicious foods they have to offer. I'm sure I would be able to veganise at least something over there. It is such a beautiful country and I would to love to someday be able to tick it from my list.

These are just a handful of places I want to be able to eventually travel to and be able to say that I have been there and experienced the different cultures. As there is so many, I have decided that I am going to do a Wanderlust Wishlist every now and again. So I can share the different places I would love to travel to and hopefully someone can recommend some to me!

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Planning Tips When Travelling

As some of you may know (or if you're new to my blog), I went to the USA last year to visit the beautiful city of New York, which will have been my second time going. I have never really travelled far before and most, if not all of my holidays have been within Europe, with the exception of Turkey. My longest flight I have taken in my life has been between 4/5 hours, so anything above that is out of my comfort zone as I am not used to flying for so long. So the trip to New York is anything between 6.5 hours to 8 hours, depending on take off and tail winds. If you have strong tail winds, you're lucky and will get their earlier than expected!

I travelled with Delta airlines, as I had travelled with Delta before and their customer service is literally next to none. American air stewards and stewardesses are literally the most polite people I have come across in terms of customer service, they made me feel so comfortable, welcome and made the flight enjoyable. With the flight being long haul I was offered meals and constant flow of drinks of my choosing. I did have a few cheeky wines, I won't lie.

When it comes to planning what to take with you on holiday and when travelling is pretty much straight forward if you are going on a beach holiday; sunglasses, swimming costumes, suncream and after sun cream and you're pretty much set to go! But when you're travelling to a city with the suitcase allowance being 33kg, there is so much you can take, but you don't want to try and take too much in case you go over your limit, so I was super careful when I first went. I found it helped writing lists of what to take, so you could tick off as you go and make sure you don't forget anything when you go.

The essentials to take:
Passport, you will definitely need this before getting into any country! If you're visiting anywhere like the USA or the like, you will need to make sure you have the correct documents which give you permission to land into the country, without these. you will not be able to enter the country. I got an Esta for the trip and they last for 2 years, so if you plan on going again in the next 2 years, you will not have to fill another one in. Make sure you have the correct Visa's and double check documents before you travel. You will also have to print out your flight details, these are always a must before checking in and they will give you a print out of your boarding ticket, unless you can print these out yourself. They will also give you a card on the plane to fill out, which you will only need to fill in once if you're a new traveller.

What clothes do you need to take with you?
Firstly, before you start chucking clothes into your suitcase, you will need to check what the weather is like in the country that you are visiting. Most people who book a holiday abroad will more than likely be travelling for the sun, sea, sand and sangria. But, if you're travelling to a city, the weather isn't always going to be the same all week. As for me, it was sunny, windy and rainy, so you need to make sure you're packing the right clothes for the week and taking plenty for changes too. You're more than likely going to get a larger allowance than what you would have for a short haul flight, so take advantage of the space. But you need to make sure you weigh your cases before you go as you can get charged extra for going over your allowance.

If you're going anywhere that requires a lot of travel and walking, make sure to take a few comfy shoes, as this will keep your feet from getting any blisters and I learned this the hard way, when I had to cover my feet in plasters. Also, make sure to take both warm clothes, cold clothes and a couple of jackets so you are able to adjust to the weather, as it can change very quickly. It was very hot when I went, but then it absolutely tipped it down with rain one of the days, after it had been sunny for most of the day. I got absolutely drenched.

How much money should you take and how?
This all depends on how long you are planning to go for. For me, $1000 dollars for a weeks stay, which was on a pre-paid card, as this made it easier to take, rather than carrying cold hard cash around. So this was $500 for each person, which gives you $71 dollars a day for food, drink and anything else you want to buy whilst you are there. You do not have to limit yourself, but try not to overspend else you'll find yourself without any money really quickly. I'd recommend just taking a bit more if you're planning on doing any excursions, trips or going out anywhere fancy to eat, just to treat yourself! Personally, if you want to treat yourself, I would take that little bit extra!

Extras to take with you that will help:
Cooling spray is a must have when I go away, I get grumpy if I'm too hot and I have an allergy to the sun, so I will come out in a rash and will get very itchy, so I find it helps to cool myself down during the day so it doesn't bother me too much. I will also take anti-histamines just in case! This will help with any allergies that you do have and will keep the rashes, sneezes, runny eyes/nose at bay. Taking suncream is a definite yes, this will help you from burning in the hot days and will protect you from the harmful UV rays. You will need to buy international plugs for the US or whichever country you will be travelling to, as you will find you won't be able to use any of the power supplies or charge any of your electric goods, so be make sure to get one! A travel pillow is fantastic for long haul flights, as you'll find sleeping on the plane is helpful, especially with the time difference, it will keep you comfy and stop you from getting stiff neck when you wake up.

Other stuff that you may or may not have to take:
Makeup, depending on whether or not you plan on wearing any. You can take anything you like, just make sure you take a good primer and setting spray for the warm days, I suggest a tinted moisturiser, so it isn't too heavy on your face. Hairbrush, hair straighteners, (hotels will normally supply a hairdryer), toothpaste, toothbrush, makeup wipes, skincare... anything you feel that is necessary to take with you.

P.S only 5 months until I go to Florida!

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