Time flies when you’re about to leave your life as you know it and move across the world. 6 more weekends! That’s not much time left in California!!
I thought it was a good time to do a quick update on our plans to move back to the UK and our plans for the summer. Our initial intention was to leave the Bay Area at the start of June but alas things changed and now we fly out on May 2nd!
We’re also deep into planning because we’re going to be travelling the whole summer. Nearly four months! This has taken a while for me to get my head around – I don’t love change (understatement) and I would secretly rather go straight back to the UK and start our life there immediately. But the Husband persuaded me that this is the chance of a lifetime to travel. I know he’s right so I’m trusting his instincts!
So this is our plan.
Australia – We leave the Bay Area and fly straight to Sydney, where we’ll be joined by the Giant, the Husband’s son who lives in the UK. He’ll be with us the whole summer, which is wonderful. We’ll be exploring the Blue Mountains, driving to Melbourne, flying to Brisbane and doing some snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef before returning to Sydney for the last few days. In all honestly, I am totally freaked out by the spiders I’ve been checking out on google. I hate to be chicken but this part of the trip is making me very nervous so if you have spider-free Australian stories to tell me, PLEASE drop me an email.
Hawaii – From Sydney, we fly to gorgeous Hawaii where we have a week on Oahu and a week on the Big Island. Realistically we will never come back to Hawaii and it’s one of my happiest places, so I’m very very excited about this.
Road Trip – We’ll then be back in the US on tourist visas (please, ‘merica) and we plan to drive across the country for a few months. We’ll head east via Vegas, some Utah National Parks, check out the Bay Area’s polar opposite, Texas, sing Sweet Home Alabama in situ, visit friends in Georgia and Virginia, have the time of our lives at Kellermans’, spend time in wonderful DC, see Niagara and explore New England before finishing up in NYC in August.
Canada – We fly out of NYC and head to Montreal for a few days. Cannot wait to speak French again.
Iceland – From Montreal, we fly to Reykjavik for five days. I am VERY excited about Iceland and am planning to meet up with Halla and run with her. We arrive in Reykjavik at 4.30am on the day of the marathon – I’m hoping to run the 10k.
UK – Then we land in the UK’s armpit, Luton, towards the end of August. We will be enveloped in our families’ warm embrace and I will be tearfully reunited with my beloved ginger cat who will spend the summer with his grandparents. And THEN we need to start building our new lives.
So that’s the plan! Okay…what do you know? Where have you been? Where should we stay? What should we do? Give me your advice!! If you have spider stories, keep them to yourself!
Especially keen on strategies to avoid spiders.