It’s been five long torturous months of having to keep this secret to myself and now I can finally share it. Mr Ayla turned 30 yesterday and I’d planned a little surprise for his birthday. There may actually be a few of you (okay possibly a lot of you) who already know about this surprise – I may not have been able to share it with my husband but the excitement was too much not to share with anyone at all!
Mr Ayla woke up on his birthday morning to be greeted with a treasure hunt leading him to a selection of clues around the house and finally to his big surprise…
Yep…we’re going to the USA!!!
He was incredibly surprised and happy and he even cried a little bit (but don’t tell him I told you that).
We leave in less than a month and will be starting off the 2 week trip in style by heading straight to Las Vegas for all its bright lights, themed hotels, incredible shows and eccentric nightlife. Since researching the famed Sin City I’ve come to realise that there is so much more to Vegas than just gambling and getting a hangover (although I’m sure we’ll be doing a bit of those too!). Then we’ll jump in a car and head towards the Grand Canyon for a couple of days exploring one of the biggest Wonders of the World.
Next it’s onto San Francisco for a few days of bike rides, boat tours, city views and lots of brunches before we pick up our funky campervan and head towards the stunning vistas of Yosemite.
The next part of the trip will be spent driving down the coast of California along the Pacific Coast Highway from Monterey to Los Angeles. We love a road trip and as long as we manage to decipher how to drive an automatic on the other side of the road (I may just leave this task to Mr Ayla while I navigate/sing along to the road trip album from the passenger seat), I cannot wait to cruise along the Big Sur, one of the most scenic road trips in the world. Coastal views, whale watching, national parks, secluded waterfalls and cute little beachfront towns. I can imagine that we won’t ever want to leave!
Then a few last days spent beach hopping from Santa Barbara and Malibu to Santa Monica and Venice Beach, before ending our trip LA.
I absolutely cannot wait!!
Aside from all the sightseeing, I already have a list long enough to make a novel of all the mouth-watering restaurants and foods that will be at our fingertips during the trip. Brunch spots in San Fran, food trucks in LA, buffets in Vegas and of course I’ve already scoped out the best cocktail bars in every city.
If you read my 30 Before 30 post last month, you’ll notice that I’ll be ticking quite a few off my list during this trip! Roadtrippin’ in our campervan, sleeping under the stars in Yosemite, visiting a new Wonder of the World, seeing a Cirque due Soleil show, and braving riding a bike across the Golden Gate Bridge.
I’ll be honest that this isn’t my normal sort of trip – I usually prefer to travel to places that have a completely different culture to us at home, which probably explains my huge love for Africa. So apart from previous trips to New York and Florida, I’ve never really been overly keen on visiting the USA. But it’s somewhere that Alex has always dreamed of going and I wanted to treat him to something special for his birthday seeing as he’s getting on a bit now 😉
But once I started looking into the trip I found myself getting more and more enthusiastic about our destination and it was so hard not to share everything with him that I came across in my many hours of research. So now I’m even more thrilled that I can finally get excited with my favourite travel buddy.
Happy birthday Mr Ayla! (PS. Remember it’s my 30th next year. Just saying.)
Have you been to this part of the USA? Where was your favourite place? I’d love some tips or recommendations for our trip in the comments below or at: