Miss VV Around The World

USA Holiday Planning 2016

Today I am going to be talking about something a little different but it’s something that gets my heart racing and puts a giant smile on my face.


My husband and I did a big BIG trip in March this year- we spent 6 weeks travelling around the world… Tahiti, USA, Iceland, Paris, London, Dublin and Tokyo. It was a amazing experience, one that we had been saving a year for and was sort of meant to be our last big trip abroad before settling down and trying to buy a house of our own.

HA! Well then I won Miss Viva Las Vegas and we knew we had to at least return to Vegas in 2016. Then, in what seems to be true to our trip planning style (mainly my fault), it snowballed from just Vegas/LA to…
‘oh, we should go down to New Orleans’
‘And we’ve got to spend a couple of days at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando’
‘If we are down in the south, we might as well visit Memphis’

… and so, now we have 5 nights in Las Vegas for Viva, 2 weeks in the southern states, back up to LA for 5 nights and then 3 nights in Tahiti on the way home.

One of the best parts about having a holiday in the works is planning it. In the last few days, I’ve been researching places we can visit and stay during our road trip between Orlando-Memphis-New Orleans.
Google has been great but even better were the suggestions from followers on Instagram! While I’m sure big cities like Atlanta and Nashville would be awesome to visit, I’m conscious of the fact that we already have 3 big cities in the south to see, so I’d like any stops on our road trip to be smaller towns. I’ve learnt that trying to cram too much in (especially big cities!) can be exhausting.

Currently, I am just trying to plan out our itinerary and researching accommodation. Then I’ll look into things to do and see, it’s such a exciting time and so nice to have something to look forward to. I highly recommend looking at TripAdvisor for reviews and AirBnB for cheaper accommodation.

I’m most excited about these things so far…

Staying at The Cabana Bay Beach Resort and spending two days at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Driving through St Augustine

Cruising up the coast to Savannah

Graceland in Memphis

Saving our pennies and hopefully staying at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis

The French Quarter in New Orleans

Disneyland in LA

The Queen Mary

The Queen Mary
Vintage shopping/visiting the PUG Boutique in Burbank


Are you planning a holiday? Where are you going?


21 replies »

  1. How exciting! I’m planning a trip to USA (from Australia) late next year too πŸ™‚ I can’t wait!
    Did you plan this trip yourself, or did you get help from a travel agent?

  2. I lived near St. Augustine for years! If you like Cuban food…do stop for lunch at the Columbia. You will love the old-world ambiance, tons of hand-made tiles and delicious eats!

  3. I’ve been to the Queen Mary as well as New Orleans. Loved them both! The Queen Mary is art deco to Jesus! And haunted. πŸ™‚ I even snapped a pic of a shadow in the pool area!

  4. I’m taking my hubby to the UK in 2017 for five weeks. He’s never been but I used to live in England. I can’t wait to share some amazing places with him!

  5. I’ve been to New Orleans twice, and I LOVE it. I desperately want to go back! Definitely stay in the French Quarter, you’ll probably find that you’ll spend most of your time there as that’s is basically where everything is…. if you happen to be there on a weekend, do take some time to just slowly amble through the streets so you can pause and listening to the amazing street musicians playing.
    DEFINITELY check out Trashy Diva (personally, I find their clothes fit much better that PUG & the quality is very good) – although note that they now have two shops, so either choose one, or make time to go to both. The one in the French Quarter is clothes (with a few shoes) and the other one is mainly shoes, lingerie and corsets.
    Also, have breakfast (or morning tea, or lunch, or a midnight snack) at Cafe du Monde. You’ll probably have to wait a bit for a table, but IT IS WORTH IT. Just avoid wearing black, as you will get covered in icing sugar!!
    Another recommendation is to save an afternoon to just wander around slowly and explore the French Quarter. There are amazing electric shops everywhere, and amazing little gardens, and the architecture and it’s just… lovely!!!! New Orleans has a very relaxed, drowsy vibe, and it’s best experienced at that pace.

    Anyway, I could go on for hours, so I will stop here!! If you should happen to want any more advice, let me know, I adore travelling and am always happy to help out a fellow traveller. πŸ™‚

    P.S. And def try a hurricane πŸ˜‰
    P.P.S. The Carnival Museum is also amazing.
    P.P.P.S. The Garden District has beautiful houses.
    P.P.P.S. THE FOOD! Try grits, and biscuits, and a po-boy, and and and…!!

  6. That sounds like such a fun trip! I’ve been to all of those places and I gotta tell ya Savannah and New Orleans are my absolute favorite places. Savannah is gorgeous and I recommend trying the pecan pralines. They make them fresh and are so delicious and addictive. The food in New Orleans is awesome, especially if you like seafood. And of course you should visit CafΓ© du Monde for their beignets πŸ™‚ I agree with Delphine that it probably is best if you stay in the French Quarter – I stayed there the majority of the time too. Have fun on your trip!

  7. I’m going to be in California from April- June to visit family and friends. My sister and I are going to Disneyland for Dapper Day at the end of April and I think the following weekend we are heading up to Universal Studios to see The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. After that, I’ll be heading to Ventura County ( North of Los Angeles) to visit my best friend! See, I’m from Ca and moved to Ga 5 years ago and I do try to visit at least once a year. So, my sister decided that for my birthday next year ( turning 40, EEK!)that she would fly me out and have a grand old time! Plus, my great nephew has been bugging us on when will I visit, so I’ll be there for his big #6 birthday! πŸ˜€ Enjoy your trip.

  8. How exciting! Well I am doing the opposite and coming to your part of the world from February to April! Let me know if you’re in NZ then as I will be in Byron and will definately popping over to see friends. Suzi x

  9. Savannah is so beautiful!! You have to go out to Tybee island at one point and do a ghost tour. Also, go to Back in the Day Bakery. It’s outside of the historic downtown but so worth the visit. They have the best food!
    I moved to Atlanta a year ago and am still trying to travel to all of the cool places in the South. Memphis in February!!!

  10. ohh your going to have so much fun! New Orleans..Awesome! I’m sure everyone told you all the places to eat and see and of course shop (hello Trashy Diva). Memphis..LOVED! The ducks at the Peabody were so cool. I was there earlier this year and just loved everything about the city. make sure you have an old fashion soda at the historic A. Schwabs on Beale St. And of course visit Lansky’s as well to see where Elvis got all his clothes (the store is awesome). If you have a car go see “Joe’s Liquor” where they have A Vintage β€œRoto-Sphere” outside of their store. AND it moves. Must see for Mid-Century fans πŸ™‚ Overton Park has a statue and plaque all about the ‘Memphis Belle’. I stumbled upon this and was thrilled that I did.

    In nashville, Hillbilly Casino plays at Layla’s on Music Row if you want to have some Rockabilly in a sea of Country. AND please…go INSIDE (we stumbled upon this as it was not on any “travel book I looked at” ) of the β€œUnion Station Hotel”. Seriously do it. I won’t ruin the surprise but lets just say…my jaw was on the floor for days and days later.

    And lastly…ENJOY! See you in Vegas. Frankie’s Tiki room again? πŸ˜‰

    Liz πŸ™‚

  11. Yes I remembered reading about this on your instagram and when you asked for suggestions my first thought was St Augustine. I’m originally from Florida and lived around the Orlando area. But my favorite place has always been St Augustine. The buildings and architecture are devine. When you go to St Augustine you will literally feel like you traveled back in time. Stay at one of the bed and breakfasts. They are great. There is also alot of history there, a town rich of ghost stories and the past. “Haunted” areas, all good fun. The forts are majestic. I can go on and on. Definitely a must see if you’re in Florida. Great picture opportunities for you as well. Hope you have a great time in the states. Sounds like an amazing road trip

  12. I live in Orlando and my husband works for Disney, so every day is a holiday for me! LOL seems like it anyway, but we were married in St. Augustine at the Lightner Museum and had our reception at the Casa Monica, both are a definite must see if you go through town.

  13. We are trying to plan our honeymoon to USA but aren’t quite sure where to start. We will be going for 4 weeks between December 2016 and January. Christmas and New Years in New York but after that who knows ❀️

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