Monday 26 November 2018

I'm Going Back To Florida!

I've been buzzing to do this post since Easter, and now I finally can! If you haven't guessed yet from the title, I'm heading back to Florida!! Aka, the land of Disney, Universal, sunshine, good food, and more.

We decided last November that we wanted to go again, and after a quick evaluation of the budgeting for it, we were able to pick dates that meant I could save up enough to head back. We started properly planning it all in April this year, and I am beyond excited. We're going in the first half of 2019, so not long to wait for my next visit.

It took a while to get the holiday booked off from work, but so happy it finally came through in September, as it meant I could start booking things.

We're staying at the same villa as last September, as we adored the villa so much. It had everything we needed - the pool is the main fave - plus it was only a 10-15 minute drive from Disney and Universal on a good day of traffic. There is a Walmart, CVS and Walgreens nearby, so we can get everything we need really easily. Due to us having power issues during Hurricane Irma, the people who own the villa have been incredibly nice, and gave us a £200 discount for this trip to make up for it; even though it wasn't their fault and they couldn't do anything, this is beyond kind of them.

We chose to go with British Airways to fly there again, as they are the only company I've flown with and haven't yet had a bad experience with them. We purchased the flights, and the car hire from Avis at the same time back in September as a package deal, and we managed to save £500 for the three of us. We had a silver Chevrolet last time, which I wouldn't mind something similar again, as long as we don't have another spider infestation!

Spiders you ask? Well the car in the above image seemed to have a spiders nest somewhere in the car, and for the life of us we couldn't find it, but everyday a few tiny spiders would be dashing about over the seats or dashboard - until our second week when it was 34°c, there was about 150-200 tiny spiders that just erupted over the backseat, and crawled all over my sister and I... It's hilarious now, but my lord, my heart...

ANYWAY...We're getting our tickets from Attractions Tickets Direct again, as they are honestly the best company to get your tickets from. We're currently waiting to see what the next 'free' attraction is on offer before we buy our tickets, so should be doing that this month! Once that's all done, we only have a few other things to sort out, and we're done.

The tickets we purchased last time, and again for this trip, is the Orlando Freedom Ticket. This enabled you to go to all the Disney parks, Disney water parks, Universal parks, Volcano Bay, Sea World, Aquatica, and Busch Gardens. We've never done Busch Gardens before, so we're going to give this a shot for this holiday, and see what it's like. We're also hoping to do a water park this time, as last year the plans for that were knocked aside due to the hurricane! We also buy tickets separately for Kennedy Space Center, which is another day we all enjoyed last time.

I am soooooooo excited to be going again, and incredibly lucky to be able to go back again, so soon after the last trip. If you have any tips for Busch Gardens, please pass them along as we've not been before and don't know what to expect. What parts of Florida would you also recommend visiting? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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  1. TAKE ME WITH YOU. I am petrified of the spider story though, haha.

    Corinne x


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