Our second full day in Orlando! Still can’t believe that we are here, it’s amazing and I keep thinking how wonderful it is to be here. So we decided to go to Universal Studios. Where we are staying is situated really nicely between Disney and Universal so all the parks are around 15-20 minute drives away.
Universal Studios opened at 9am, so we decided to get there for opening. Once parked you go over a couple of travelators, you then go through an airport style security check (which is good and very very quick). From here you walk through City Walk, which is restaurants and shops, and a cinema. Before arriving at the entrance to the park you pass the big Universal globe where everyone stops for photos (this can be done later so we just rushed passed everyone).
Due to our trip to America being very close, we remembered that we need to book our airport parking.
Now this is more difficult than you may first think! First of all have a look on places such as Quidco* for any cash-back opportunities. To be honest I started this with the attitude of “it’s just parking I can pick anywhere”… Honestly don’t look at it like that because your car is valuable and to be leaving it in a random location for 2 weeks is bigger risk than you think. So you need to be sure you’re happy with the car park you pick, and that you’re happy with the company you leave your (probably) 2nd most expensive purchase with.
You need to consider if your car is likely to get damaged, if you’re happy with the location you’re leaving it and if it will be safe. As well as considerations such as where you’re parking in relation to the airport, will you need to get a transfer bus, will you need to walk a lot? We explore all of this within this blog post!
It’ll be both of our first time in America ever. Therefore there is a nice list of places that we want to go to while we are there. Some of them are Florida related others just simply ‘American’, mainly food places. It’s more of a food list than anything else, nevertheless they are all places we want to go.
Recently we decided to plan out our 2 weeks there and realised there might be a chance we don’t get to go to all of these places. Especially as we are doing Disney and Universal as well which will take up a lot of our time out there.
So we decided a month or so ago that we wanted to buy new suitcases. This is because neither of us has bought a suitcase for years and ours are super heavy compared to the new light weight ones. I personally also wanted ones that matched, because I knew I wanted a cabin case as well as a suitcase and they should be the same design for me. So we had to consider, the sizes, weight, design and where we were getting them from.
This holiday has come with a decent amount of planning involved, and somethings – such as booking restaurants – are time sensitive. So we decided to find an app to use that can help us remember when things need to be done etc, but one that we can both us and can both link to. Freedcamp allows us to do this, so if I set up a task but we both have to get it done then I can send it to Martin and he can accept the task, also when it is complete then we will both see that.
This is a must get as soon as possible – not because they will sell out or anything, but because I want to hold my Disney ticket! That and Martin wants his Universal ticket – can you tell we’re excited?? Having these tickets is another step closer to our holiday.
For finding the best deal with the tickets, well Google really becomes your best friend! We sat and looked together, I was searching on my laptop and had it showing on the TV screen and Martin was looking on the iPad. We wanted to see who could find the best deal for both Disney and Universal for 14 days, park hoppers.
We booked this long weekend back in November (after having been to Edinburgh for 4 days), and decided to go Saturday – Tuesday as a nice little get-away.
Knowing it would be around a 4 hour drive (with stops) we decided to leave around 8am. Our check in was at 2 however the decision was made for 8am as it would mean we could go else where on the journey up, and have a look around and then go and check into our hotel. The plan is to leave the car in the car park the whole time we are there as we will be paying for the car park and get a discounted rate per 24hrs (£13 instead of £26). Plus public transport in Glasgow is supposed to be pretty good, we’re also staying really close to the city centre so there shouldn’t really be much of a need to drive.
After packing 2 days early, the only things left were the everyday items such as; make up, hair brush, toothbrush, deodorant, etc (me being me forgot my hair brush and had to buy one from Superdrug, luckily I had lots of Superdrug points to spend!) Loading the car up was an easy job (really glad that my first car is a Meriva and not something with a tiny boot), and off we went. Road trip, to Glasgow!
Back in October we had gone for a long 4 day weekend to Edinburgh and when we got home we had enjoyed ourselves so much that we decided to book a long weekend again but for Glasgow. So by November, we had a look and made the decision to stay in the town centre this time so we wouldn’t need to drive around.
With the hotel booked we just needed to decide who’s car we would go in and what to pack but this wasn’t decided until the week before. The decision came to me driving as we can both drive my car, which makes it easier.
Now came packing:
I know its June and everything but still packing is hard, especially when you think Scotland is a rainy place. So to be safe I went with a bit of both spring and summer clothes. A few shorts, a couple of skirts and tights just incase it got chilly, and some jeans. I also packed a leather jacket, a hoodie and a suede jacket, simply because I don’t know what to wear.
It’s 7 months early but we both started to talk about how we want to go to America (this discussion has happened several times in the last 6 months, none being as serious as this one) and to go to Disney World (for me) and Universal Studios (for him). About a week after having just a random look, we booked the hotel, the flights and a car to use while we are out there. January 17th is the leaving date, which means we have 7 months! This is where the planning begins…
Now there are about a thousand things to think about and all the details with them, what car insurance should we go for? Are there any extras we might need? How much money will we need out there? What is everything going to cost? What exactly do we want to do? Is there anywhere specific we want to eat or see?