Florida Travel Diary

16th October 2023 –

Waking up nice and early on a freezing cold October morning could only mean one of two things. Either I was off to work, or I was off on holiday. Thankfully this particular time it was the latter, and I couldn’t wait!

Let’s rewind ….. Back in the middle of August 2023 myself and Luke along with my sister and her husband had this CRAZY idea to book an impromptu ONE week trip to Florida which we would go on just a few weeks after booking. It had been four long years since we had last been in Florida, and so as you can imagine we were all just too excited to be heading back.

Luckily we didn’t have a huge countdown and just a few short weeks later I was all packed and ready to head off to Heathrow airport for a busy, fun and crazy week in the sunshine state.

Leaving our home in Essex early on a Monday morning the traffic was particularly bad (of course!) And even though we left with plenty of time, getting stuck in traffic meant that Luke and I were late for our lounge reservation. Heathrow was equally as busy and it took ages to check in, security on the other hand was a total breeze and pretty empty.

Luke and were still able to check into the lounge even though we were over an hour late, luckily the staff were absolutely fine about it. I love it when Luke books a lounge, I just love having that base and somewhere to escape the hustle and bustle of the airport and relax and chill for a couple of hours.

We we flew Virgin Atlantic (seriously one of my favourite airline’s if I’m honest) and we had a midday day flight, which is pretty standard when we fly to Florida. The flight as always was amazing, the food was good, the inflight entertainment not so great, but still I found a few things to watch.

Just over 8 hours later and we were touching down in sunny Orlando, I couldn’t wait to get off of the plane and feel that beautiful Floridian heat on my face. We got through customs and boarder control very quickly and all of our cases had arrived too, so off we went in search of our hire car! Travelling really does take it toll, and so after a quick stop at publix for some snacks, we checked into our apartment situated in 4 corners at the secret lake resort in Kissimmee, ate some food and fell into bed.

We were only in Florida for a short time so alarms had to be set and early wake up calls were definitely on the menu.

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