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Tuesday, 23 June 2015

I'M GOING TO AMERICA! #WonderfulYouTravels

Travel Blogger Wonderful You shares her next trip. Travelling America and finishing in Hawaii.
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On July 25th I jet off to America for a month of travelling.


I've never been to America before and have always said, 'One day I'll go to all the places' knowing full well I'd probably never have the balls or the money or the right someone to do it with.

How things change.

I seem to have grown a pair of some serious metaphorical balls over the past couple of months and have decided: If I want to achieve something, then what's stopping me? I have the ability to make this life the one I've always wanted. So that's what I'm going to do.

I guess I kind of believe in myself, now.

And with that being said, my good friend Nicola and I booked our trip of a lifetime and I'm so ready for it.

We met up one evening after work and made our own itinerary, a list of our dream destinations. We did a little bit of research on booking it independently, but quickly made the decision to drop in at a travel shop, just to see what they could offer.
We were prepared for our ultimate trip to be way out of budget, but surprisingly, it came in under what we'd both allowed for. Yeah, I nearly wet myself right there and then.

So where are we going, you ask?
New York - 3 days
Niagara Falls - 1 day
Las Vegas - 2 days
Grand Canyon
San Francisco - 2 days
LA - 3 days
Hawaii - 1 week

Booking it through the Holiday Hypermarket meant we could tailor our package to include for exactly what we wanted. I know a lot of people book on to a coach or camping tour through somewhere like STA travel, which is amazing - but Nic and I felt that we wanted to do this particular trip just the two of us, go with the flow, experience it in our own way.
Holiday Hypermarket arranged our trip through a company called Hayes & Jarvis and the package we created cost just over £3,000 each and included, flights, internal flights to each destination, transfers and hotels. It's a lot of money, but actually a lot less than what I thought it would cost to do all of the above!

So, now we just need to book our excursions for all of the places we're visiting. Having never been to America before, I'm going in a little blind. If any of you have any tips on what to do, who to book excursions through and any good places to eat etc. that would be amazing :-)

The countdown is ON.

Saying I feel happy right now doesn't quite cut it.

I frickin' LOVE the second half of 2015.

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Sarah Nunn said...

I'm so excited for you!!! I've never been to America either but I've always wanted to. New York is top of my list but oh my, Hawaii will be simply amazing! So jealous girl, but so happy for you. xx

Holly Rose said...

That sounds amazing!! Have a great time!!
Holly x


Tami said...

I am so proud and excited for you!!! YOU'RE AMAZING and you're going to have the most incredible time Loggy <3 xxxxxx

Hannah. said...

This is amazing, go you! These things always seem quite daunting, travelling across America has been one of my dreams (I've been twice before) and this year I was brave enough to book it! I'm going by myself but travelling with Trek America I'm nervous but can't wait!! Looking forward to reading about it!!


liza prideaux said...

Ah meg this is so exciting I'm uber jealous right now. You really do have to go for it while you can and enjoy these moments, have a wonderful time my lovely you deserve it.
Liza | Glambeautys | YouTube

Rosie W said...

Amazing! I have only been to San Francisco, Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon but all were amazing

- Make sure you book your Alcatraz tour early. As you are in SF for such a short time, I would recommend this city tour! http://www.viator.com/tours/San-Francisco/Alcatraz-and-San-Francisco-City-Tour/d651-2660SFODLX3
- Get up early and go for breakfast at the Hollywood Cafe, San Francisco. Worth it!
- We did our Grand Canyon helicopter trip from Las Vegas with Sundance Helicopters, they were fab and picked us up from our hotel by limo.

If you want to chat, I'm @ohsorosie on Twitter x

Kendal said...

That's going to be so much fun!!

Kendal | Life With Kendal

Caroline S said...

You've got a good mix of places to visit. You'll get a great overall idea of what the United States is like. Have so much fun!


Catherine Marie said...

Sounds amazing, hope you have a great time.

Catheine x The Beauty Trove

Emily Smith said...

Yes, Megs! This sounds awesome. I'd love to do New York, San Fran and some parts of Canada! One day. A lot of saving needs to happen before then - haha! Looking forward to catching it all on your insta :)

Bash Harry said...

I'm so excited for you! That is incredible! And you're going to all the tourist hotspots and the most beautiful places! New York is gorgeous, I hope you'll get to watch a Broadway performance <3

xx Bash | Bash Says Hey | bloglovin'

Holl JC said...

New York is the most incredible city, I absolutely love it! And San Francisco and Hawaii are two other places I've always wanted to visit! It sounds like you're gonna be going on the most insaneee trip girl! x


Zandra May said...

You will love it! I would love to go to hawaii on hol <3
For New York research into getting a city pass before you go which enables you to do all the sights, empire state, rockerfeller, statue of liberty etc if you wanted to do those :)
I got one when I went so if you know what you want to see in advance it can save on money - there's a few different ones you can get - city pass, new york pass are a few - some you pay for a certain amount of attractions for a certain price and others you can get for a certain amount of days, either a 1, 2 or 3 day pass and you can see as many attractions as you can fit in in that time so it depends which would work better for you x

Zandra // AZTEC DOLL


This sounds incredible. I’m so excited for you and cannot wait to hear about it if you choose to share your travels in any upcoming blog posts. Have an absolute blast X


JSBeautyAndStyleBlog said...

I've been to a couple of the places on your list, America is so diverse and beautiful. I love it so much! Jealous you get to do a travel of it! Always wanted to do that, I will one day! Enjoy it!

JaynieShannonx, I follow back


Sophie said...

Oh gosh this is so exciting and I'm so jealous! I went to Chicago this year and has a blast. You'll absolutely love the US!
Story Of A Girl

Sara Chergui said...

I wish you a great time !

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shannon kennedy said...

I am so jealous it's been awhile since i've seen american soil! I cant wait for the photos of Hawaii especially always wanted to go!



WondersofDreams said...

Wow, sounds amazing! Have an incredible trip :)

Leah said...

3 days is the perfect amount of time to NYC.
You don't need to book excursions ahead of time, there's plenty of opportunities to pick your day trips once you're there. Be sure to leave time to just walk around and take in the city.

Hayley said...

Amazing! Sounds like a great trip. I've just booked a few says in Switzerland with my uni friends!
Love Hayley,
Water Painted Dreams

Catherine Lux said...

That's so exciting!!! I love America so much, I've ticked ten states off my list, but have so much more to see! I'm hoping to do an East Coast roadtrip next year to finally see NYC and Boston :)

C x | Lux Life

Millie Robinson said...

Sounds dreamy!! I would definitely recommend going to Boston too if you ever get the chance, it's beautiful and like a toned down version of New York! x


El Mac said...

this sounds amazing ! I hope I have the confidence to this one day, I hope you have an amazing time ! www.makeupyourmindel.blogspot.co.uk xx

Sylvia Said said...

I live in America, but I've never been to the places you stated so no tips here---sorry >_< I hope you have an amazing trip though, love! It sounds like a dream come true <3
She Will Be

Megan Lillie said...

Absolutely incredible. Can't wait to see all your photos!! Enjoy every single minute beaut.

Megan xo
Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty & Fashion Blog

Hope Butler said...

Your troops sounds amazing! I am sure you will have a wonderful time!! H xx


Emzi said...

You will have so much fun! Can't wait to hear all about the trip! :D

Vanessa James said...

So proud and happy for you Meg! I'll definitely be following only on your adventures, totally can't wait. You'l have an amazing time x

VanessaVonJames | Fashion Blog

Emily said...

You're gonna love Niagara Falls! I keep going back year after year because it's just magical! x

Emily // Lynde Avenue

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