Planning a Trip to America

First of all I feel like I should start this blog off by saying Happy New Year!

My Blog has taken a back seat over the last month or so whilst the festive period took over. If you follow me over on my YouTube channel you will see what I’ve been up too since December. I attempted Vlogmas again this year…which failed due to our computer breaking – which resulted in me having to delete all the beautiful footage I had filmed and then couldn’t edit. Ash and I celebrated Christmas together with our families, went to the Ice Bar in London for his 25th and then got merry in a local pub with some friends, and then ended up travelling out of London for new year – which was a change from the raving house parties we’ve held at ours the last 2 years. We had such a lovely time and when the beginning of January loomed and all the festivities ended it was back to the working week and routine which ended up in us sitting down one weekend and doing something supremely spontaneous!

We booked America. 

It was actually a Sunday evening when we decided to do this and I was doing my usual moan of “I don’t want to work, I want to do more fun things this year bla bla…” and it was actually Ash that said: “why don’t we just do it?!” So we looked up the best road trips in America, researched the best places to go and… a few blogs later – voila! We had found our dream route. Flying into San Francisco, hiring a Mustang convertible and road tripping it as rural as we could down to L.A. along the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) and then flying back from there 10 days later. We are planning it in the sense that we want to book a few Air BnB’s along the way, AND make sure we know exactly which routes we are going to take. But we aren’t worrying too much if we don’t have anywhere planned to stay for the night, because we want it to be as spontaneous as possible.

In other words – ‘a road trip isn’t a road trip with fancy hotel staying and itinerary day to day planning, it’s as rugged as you can make it.’

I know some people get to travel all year round for their jobs or can afford lovely holidays three times a year but for us I never in a million years thought I would get the chance to stand by the Hollywood sign, walk along the beach in Malibu, take photos on the Golden Gate Bridge or see the stars down on Beverly Hills. It stills feels like a dream that we have now officially booked the flights and it’s happening.

For me, America has always had a special place in my heart, having family in Virginia (VA) and having gone there a few times it’s like home from home to me. There’s something so amazing about the country (despite a few negative things that comes with it like Trump but that’s A WHOLE other topic). I love the sheer diversity and differing lifestyles and even though this is Ash’s first long haul flight and first time out of Europe, I simply can’t wait to go back, even if it is to a new destination!

We still have a lot of planning to do BUT I am super excited to bring all of you along the way. Including a lot of travelling content, preparation and updates on what we are booking as and when. Pinterest has already been fantastic for planning what we need to do along the way so we don’t miss anything out. I will be sharing my most favourite links for another post, once I have had time to organise and plan what it is I want to share with you all. As always, keep an eye on my YouTube channel for regular updates, hauls and travel updates too, for when I am not updating my blog.


“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain




  1. January 22, 2018 / 7:10 pm

    San Francisco is amazing! The bridge, the views, everything! You’re going to have an amazing time. I’ve never been to LA, so I can’t wait to watch/read it ! Great post Lily xxx

    Melina |

    • lilymcconnell
      January 22, 2018 / 7:13 pm

      Aww thank you Melina! So excited to be travelling back to the States again! You’re incredibly lucky to live there! There will be a lot of travel content this year so keep an eye out! xxx

  2. January 27, 2018 / 11:15 am

    I’m so exited for you! Sounds like you’re going to have the best time and i can’t wait to hear what you get up to 🙂 xoxo

    • lilymcconnell
      January 28, 2018 / 11:53 am

      Aww Aimee thank you so much! We are counting the days haha! Even though it is quite a few months away still…but we do have lots to plan & prep! xxx

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