So, I am feeling sooooo excited, yet overwhelmed at the same time because we have for some time now had a trip planned – plane tickets all paid for, for the kids and my husband and I for a trip to the US !
It was all a bit unexpected to be honest.
After our earlier trip this year where we took the kids to the Philippines we of course got bit by the travel bug.
As luck would have it, these ridiculously cheap airfares popped up for flights to New York so on a whim hubby bought them – surprising us all.
You should of seen the kids faces when we called them into the kitchen and handed them the tickets. Stunned silence then squeals from my daughter….
My son was obviously excited, but a bit freaked out because he doesn’t like “flying over water” and to him there seems like an awful lot of water between Australia and the US. (Doesn’t he realise we live on a big ole island?)
“No…we can’t get there by boat son.”
Never in our wildest dreams did we imagine we’d be able to afford to take the kids to America!
Ok, so just the two youngest. The eldest two now have lives of their own and when they lived at home all we could afford were camping trips to the desert. Something I think they’re feeling a bit miffed about. They must have enjoyed it though because one of them now LIVES in the desert!
Fifteen years ago I visited the US with my husband and I was just blown away, partly because it was like walking into a giant movie set. All the familiar landmarks, especially in New York, and the accents!
I had so many confusing moments there though, particularly in public restrooms.
Ohh I must have looked like an idiot trying to work out where the damn toilet flusher was (it was different in every bathroom!) and how the taps worked… Even in the hotel I couldn’t work out where the bath plug was.
And lets not even talk about how distracted I got over the squirrels! Oh my – I could just watch them all day, never mind sightseeing!
So we have until November to get ourselves organised here and actually PLAN what we are going to do with our three weeks there.
Goes without saying we will take the kids round New York and pretty much do the typical sightseeing things there.
Our other must see destination is Niagra falls but I want to see it from the Canadian side (I’ve read that it’s better?) and seeing as we’re so close we’ve now decided to have a look round Canada itself.
Obviously not TOO far North from the border.
I’m just not sure WHAT to see, WHERE to go…. It’s confusing because I’m so used to the vast distances we have to travel here, whereas over there you can pass through many states in one day!
Another must go to destination is Ohio – as that is where we purchase all our candle fragrances from so we want to have a day at least of sniffing. (Kids are not thrilled about that.)
But that’s it…. I have no idea what is along the way to get to all these places and though I’ve looked on a map, and tried googling a few things I feel – overwhelmed.
I just don’t know!
So much to see, so little time to see it all!
Me personally, I prefer beautiful landscapes and interesting character filled towns, old castles, ghost tours, historical stuff, quirky markets, rather than glitzy cities and theme parks (sorry kids- not on the agenda!) but it’s going to be cold I imagine so I don’t think we’ll be spending too much time hiking around in freezing conditions, especially not while up further North.
And besides…there might be bears. lol!
It’s a shame we’re going to miss the spectacular “fall”. I expect all the leaves will be gone by the time we get there.
But we do hope to see some SNOW – somewhere! Even a little bit would be fun, and different, and pretty.
Anyway, I’m just excited! And nervous…. oh that long long plane trip. How I hate flying!
But….if you don’t take risks, you don’t LIVE.
Guess I need to be getting my head down and start researching.
And perhaps buying some extra suitcases.
And getting my video camera fixed!
Oh yeah….there will be another travel documentary – just the looks on the kids faces will be amusement in itself.
And as for NEXT year?
Definitely another big outback trip in Winter. I can’t wait! It’s been too long away from our most favourite parts of the country.
AND….at some point, I’d like dear hubby to come on a cruise with me. 🙂
But that may still take some convincing.
Hope you enjoy the time out.My wife and l just returned from Alaska Cruise ,Unbelievable trip..Cheers.jalal
Oh that sounds amazing! I’ve heard that THAT is the cruise to do! I so wish we had more time to be able to travel further afield.
I’m sure we’ll have a ball wherever we end up 🙂
And you are visiting Todd and I in Ohio right? Welcome, I hope you have a fab time in our little ole country.
He’ll love a cruising if he tries it. It’s awesome.
Hey, you never know! I’ll message you and tell you to “pop the kettle on!” 😉
After seeing your excellent photography around your neck of the woods I am very excited to see it for REAL.
We’re also interested in seeing some of the Amish communities. Not sure if that’s in Ohio or elsewhere… hubby has been saying sometimes you can meet some of these people, have a chat and find out about their lifestyle. Sure would be an eye opener (and lesson) for our technology addicted teens.
I woud like to see the same as you – don’t know how many old castles there are in the States – but I am sure your American readers will be able to give you hints and places to see and things to do. Sounds wonderful and why are you sitting here writing when you have suitcases to buy and cameras to fix?? Get a wriggle on woman and enjoy the prelim excitement 🙂 x
Oh there are….some…What was that movie with Johnny Depp? The one where he is a vampire and comes back to life? I think the film set – the castle for that was somewhere near New York?
Far more castles in the UK I expect. How I’d love to go THERE!
Yes, I should get my wiggle on 🙂
Yes I remember – I just can’t think of the title 😦
I have been to the UK and Ireland, Scotland…. YOU WOULD love it so much there – so that’s your next trip – promise yourself. 🙂 and keep on wiggling on x
Lucky you! I bet it was wonderful!
I visited England when I was ten. I still remember it. The conkers on the tree’s….the different lollies they had 🙂 The lakes district, Trafalgar square (where my brother and I got lost in the underground below) The REAL castles….with the soldiers and their big tall black hats. It had quite an impact on me.
I WILL go there again one day. It calls me 🙂
It’ll be fantastic! Wow, Enjoy every minute of it!
Thanks, I’m sure it will Ute. I can’t wait 🙂
It’s true we in America can’t compete with Europe when it comes to old castles, but Niagara Falls will definitely impress. Do see it from the Canadian side, though. Here I am trying to tell you about impressive American things and then I tell you to go to Canada! Well…it really is better from across the border. It’s the second most impressive thing I’ve seen in my life, right after the night launch of a Saturn V rocket, and that’s something no one has seen since 1972. I’m glad to hear you’re going somewhere besides New York City. I love New York (truly, madly, deeply), but that’s a place unto itself. If all you’ve seen of America is New York City, you haven’t seen America. Ohio, now, that’s the heartland. Lots of squirrels there. It’s a long way from New York to Ohio. Are you flying? If you’re driving, you will see a lot of beautiful countryside — mountains, rolling hills, farmland. I’m sorry I can’t recommend specifics, but I’m a tourist up there myself. If you ever come to Florida, I can be of more help. We have a lot of nice things here besides orange groves and theme parks. Don’t feel bad about having trouble finding the toilet flusher. I was born here and I have the same problem.
Thanks! 🙂 I’m even more excited to see Niagra falls now.
We will be driving.
My husband told me it’s a full days drive from New York to Ohio? but he said we would stop somewhere halfway. Is he wrong in his assumption?
We’re used to doing very long drives to get anywhere over here – especially when we travel through the Outback. I want to make sure we have a chance to stop and see things though. I don’t want to spend the entire trip just looking out car windows!
Anywhere there are squirrels will impress me 🙂
I think that would be a really full day if you tried to drive it in one. Stopping halfway sounds better. It will be a pretty drive, though the countryside will be gray in November. There will be plenty of nice ups and downs between New York and Ohio. If you see something presented as a “scenic route’, that means a lot of twists and turns to go with your ups and downs. I look forward to hearing about your trip. If you like squirrels, the whole country will knock your socks off. 🙂
I’m sure all of our socks will be knocked off! 🙂
Bleak and grey suits me anyway. I’m not a sunshine girl. It will be nice to escape the horrid Aussie summer for a bit. I’m sure I’ll be blogging while we’re there of all our experiences. There will be some laughs that’s for sure. 😉
have a wonderful adventure and be sure to let me know if you do cross over the ohio state line into michigan, i’m happy to show you around – beth
Thanks Beth. I’ll have my trusty laptop with me so if we do I’ll drop you a note 🙂