46, 45, 44…
How is time flying so quickly? We only have 43 days left until we fly away to Orlando, to visit Walt Disney World, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios, and all the attractions that Orlando has to offer (except Seaworld of course!). I literally feel as though this holiday is going to be here in no time at all, which is why I am trying to organise the essentials now, so we are can relax, and feel nothing but excitement.
I have started to realise just how much organisation and planning must go into a holiday such as Orlando, Florida. Of course, it’s not overly stressful, yet missing out on important arrangements, and you risk ruining or seriously impacting your holiday. Basically, it’s just not as simple as hopping on a plane to Spain! With this in mind, I have been researching, booking, buying and organising as much as possible. Of course, there’s the obvious – I have been shopping for all kinds of wonderful, fun things to take away with us: clothing, accessories and travel essentials, but I have also been arranging travel insurance, entry into the US and checking we both have the correct Passport, as the rules have recently changed as of April 2016 (see below).
This, I have yet to sort out, although you do have up until 72 hours before you travel to do so, however, I am going to do it in the next few days so that we can put it behind us and not worry about forgetting it! ESTA is the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation, which basically is a visa which allows you to travel to the United States multiple times over a two year period. It is only about £12-15 per person, and from what I can see, seems pretty simple and easy to apply for.
Travel Insurance for any holiday is vital, however, with health care in the US being private only, it is even more important that you cover yourselves before travelling. Having read that you should buy travel insurance as soon as you book your holiday somewhere, just incase of any cancellations or changes between booking and travelling, I decided to buy our travel insurance the week I booked the holiday so that we could put our minds to rest if anything happened to go pear-shaped! I used CompareTheMarket.com to buy our insurance, and made sure to meet the minimum requirements which were suggested to us.
As of April 2016, you are now required to have an ePassport for entry into the US, please see more information on USA Travel Advice here at GOVUK. I, of course, panicked initially, however, both Tom and I have newer passports and therefore we didn’t have to arrange getting new ones before June – thank God!
Clothing & Accessories
Things I have bought recently…let me know if you want me to do either a video or a blog post showcasing my haul!
New Look Shell Watch
Books & Films
Harry Potter 7 Piece Book Set
Disney’s Inside Out, The Lion King, The Jungle Book, Tangled
Meals, Tickets & FastPass
Be Our Guest Restaurant for Dinner
Disney Tickets 14 day
Universal Tickets 14 day
FastPass will be available to us 30 days before travel, so we’re working on our itinerary at the moment in order to get ready to book the rides appropriate for the days we will be at certain parks.
Anyway, what do you think? Am I missing anything so far? Please comment below if you have been before and you have any tips or advice before we go, we’d really appreciate it! Plus I hope some of this information is helpful to you, or if not, you’re just enjoying hearing about our plans for our big trip! It’s something we have both wanted to do in so long now, and just seeing the days fly by and the countdown getting closer and closer, makes all the hard work, life stresses and god knows what else, seem so much more worth it!
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