Our post today is from the wonderful Sylvie Hall, life-loving, health and well-being enthusiast from Leeds and is the founder of www.mycottontales.com
Sylvie hopes to travel the world and write for a living, she provided us with this wonderful article aimed to help anyone looking to hire a car abroad for the first time.
“When you start driving, it’s hard to imagine life B.C (before car) as the freedom to go anywhere, at anytime soon begins to feel like a right rather than a privilege.
So next time you go away on holiday or travelling, will you take the plunge and hire a car abroad? Having a car gives you so much auto-nomy (ha!), as you can pick somewhere completely random to explore for the day, put on your Ray Bans and go. Of course, you can always use public transport, but it’s definitely not as spontaneous or as rock star an experience as cruising around in your rental, with your music blasting and the wind in your hair.
I’ve hired a car in many countries such as Croatia, Spain, Sweden and the USA and found it so easy to do and incredibly rewarding, which is why I want to share with you my Guide To Hiring A Car Abroad.
We’ve all seen Matilda, that childhood classic. The story of a bright and rebellious little girl, with special powers. Matilda’s parents, Mr and Mrs Wormwood, have no time for her and treat her as a nuisance. She spends most of her time reading books from the library astonishingly quickly, whilst they watch TV. Life for Matilda is no better at school despite the care and support of her teacher, Miss Honey. Matilda decides the grown-ups should be taught a lesson and in the process discovers her supernatural powers!
Roald Dahl’s Matilda is performed at the Sam S Shubert Theater on Broadway! Such a beautiful theater only a stones throw away from Times Square. I was so excited to see Matilda on Broadway as I’d heard great reviews of the show! We headed off to TKTS ticket booth to pick up our last minute tickets for the show and, of course, the only tickets available were in the upper tier. FEAR NOT FRIENDS, this matters not! The theater itself is small in comparison to so many others so although we were ‘high’ up, this was nothing compared to the seat’s we’ve had in the past.
12 of the oddest things you should come probably come to terms with before you visit the USA
1. They tip! EVERYONE! See here, my guide to tipping in the USA
2. Tax, you pick it up at a nice round $10 and then BOOM ‘that’ll be $12.39 please’ WHAT?!
3. Their amazing approach to explaining directions ‘ok so what you’re gonna do is you’re gonna make a right, and then make a left’ AWSOME!
4. Supersize! Oh yes, been faced with the ‘want to make that a large’ is considered an insult ‘want to make that supersize’ is now the question
5. Crossing the road. In England, its pretty much a free for all. Crossings are there but whatever. Oh no in America, you cross at crossings, crazy right?
6. Cheerleaders, at almost every sporting event they are there! WHY?!
7. Pep rally’s, again, what even is this?!
8. Peanut Butter, you guys have it on all the menu’s, even with Jam.
9. Flags, patriotism and dedicated love for the United States of America
11. Free refills, amazing and slowly reaching us in the UK but American’s love the free refills!
12. 7/11, you’ve got one on EVERY corner.
Accept these 12 factors for an awesome trip! I love you America!
LA is a city like no other, flash car’s and designer labels consume the city. If your visiting CA, it really is one hotspot you won’t want to miss. So I’ve put together my top tips to do it right!
Everyone wants their first experience of LA to live up to their blockbuster expectations, a walk down the Hollywood walk of fame, your first sighting of the Hollywood sign, and a quick spree down Rodeo Drive in the world’s most famous zip code. Los Angeles is incredibly overwhelming at first as the attractions are spread across various neighbourhoods. My ultimate tip to ensure you do not miss any of these iconic landmarks is by buying a hop on hop off ticket for the Star line Tours Bus. Now, I know alot of avid travellers can snub these buses as they feel it does not give a true feel for a city, but I have to completely disagree with this theory. For a fee of around $58 for a 48 hour ticket you are able to get just about every destination you could possibly want to see in the city!
I’ve always had a great love for the states, ever since my first visit to Disney World, Florida in 1997 it’s been my choice of holiday destination. So in August this year, me and my best friend Megan set out on our Stateside adventure!
Travelling takes months of planning, with so much to consider from timescales to accommodation, the majority of our trip I booked prior to leaving the UK, however a section I left in the hope that we could just make it up as we went along.
We boarded our flight to Las Vegas, Nevada on the 10th August 2013. This was the longest and most painful flight I have ever had the misfortune of sitting through. After 7 hours of severe sickness we finally touched down in Chicago, only to board a further 4 hour flight to Vegas, saying this was not ideal is an understatement. We finally landed in Vegas on the evening (local time) of the 10th. Jetlagged and feeling still quiet ill we decided to call it a night and hit the sack ready for a jam packed day of adventure tomorrow!
From this point on I documented my travels, a daily diary entrance helped me keep track of my experiences, I’ll share these with you if you promise you won’t laugh.
11th August 2013.
WE HAVE ARRIVED BABY, touchdown in Sin City! Last night was dire but hey hoe, I’ve finally picked myself up, no time for illness in Vegas. We did some great exploring today, I think I’ve done more exercise in 1 day than I did in the entire month of July. The hotels are colossal with each one consisting of its own underground shopping mall, eateries and of course Casino!
The diversity in Vegas is inimitable; an aura of elegance intertwined with the seemingly corrupt, seedy casino goers makes Vegas a city like no other. Vegas buzzes, it’s alive with both the mirage and the real portraying the city itself as the lead character in its very own show.
Today, we’ve had chance to study our hotel, the Tropicana is one of the longest reining hotels on the Vegas strip and is situated directly opposite the MGM Grand, New York New York and Hooters. Well, it’d be rude not to pop into Hooters for tea being so close and all wouldn’t it? I’m sure this makes many the male reader envious :P.. but I suppose if I had a backside like that I’d be parading it around a restaurant as well. Although not the nicest meal I’ve had, it did provide as promised, a typical American dining experience. On hindsight, I wouldn’t of ordered a salad, salads should be given a wide birth until dining in Los Angeles.