Vancouver Musings – 1 month until the move

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Now its really starting to settle in (but its not). 

I say that this whole moving abroad thing is settling in, but – is it really? We’ve been working on this plan for 2 years now and with the ever building, ongoing buzz of friends and family asking how excited I am, I feel somewhat numb to the idea of moving away now, and thats the truth.

Following the vast amount of paper work and visa jargon, no offence to Willow but I’ve done most (all) of our ‘visa life admin’ over the past god knows how long, one month today seems to be a huge blur of uncertainty, excitement, apprehension and what the f*ck.

I literally have no idea whats around the corner, in a place where I’ve never been, with people I don’t know (apart from Willow obviously) and its going to be a fantastic fresh start I am sure of it. But still – it doesn’t seem real. When I put it this way and read this post back to myself I feel a flood of excitement and buzz go through me and then I’m brought back to reality again and into the moment.

I feel very sad to leave my lovely family and close friends behind, but I know they’ll always be here and I’m ready to spread my wings.

My amazing Mum and Dad. x

My friends. x

 

I love you.

How To Find the Cheapest Flights

 

It’s hard having Champagne taste and beer money.

Oneself cannot afford Virgin Airways first class beds – I was lucky enough to experience this once, but it’ll be a long time until I get this treatment again! I really wanted to discuss how we found our flights and to offer some tips and tricks and most importantly, share our mistakes so you don’t repeat them.

Who To Fly With And How To Find The Right Airline For You

I swear by Sky Scanner to find cheap flights – http://www.skyscanner.net

This useful site compares prices with all airlines for your desired day of travel to your perfect destination. You can also opt in to be a bit flexible on the dates to help you find the cheapest seats.

If you’re looking for a great budget deal, in our opinion, it doesn’t really matter what airline you go with. For Canada specifically, the cheapest flights we always saw were with Air Canada and WestJet. We ended up going with WestJet in the end and booking it directly through their own website. It’s always worth looking directly on the actual airline sites as we did; sometimes you’ll find flights a bit cheaper if you’re lucky.

Another reason why they’re cheaper is because the entertainment may be stretched with no in flight screens on long hauls…so a Kindle and sharing a lap top for a film sesh will be fun..! Never mind, that money will go elsewhere when we land.

Clean Your Cookies

Cookies hold data about what you’ve been looking at online, so cleaning your cookies out on your computer can truly help you find cheaper tickets. Plane companies are very good at knowing what prices you’ve been browsing and can change the prices so quickly, you’ll miss that best deal in a flash. Clean up those cookies and it may reset the price of your flights to avoid that disappointing price bump up (I feel your pain).

When To Book – don’t make the same mistakes we did!

In this experience, we made a mistake but one which couldn’t really be avoided. I’d highly recommend booking your flights as soon as you begin your plans. I seriously wish we had done so at LEAST 3 months ago, however its hard when you’re waiting for a visa to come through like we were. It’s natural you want to be certain your adventure is actually happening before spending all that money!

Back in March this year, the cheapest tickets were only £300 for our initial lift off date of 24th July. That was one way per person – not bad in my opinion for a 10 hour flight! This was with WestJet again, however when we looked two weeks ago, the price was £750…each..one way. This is where we learnt to be flexible and changed our day to leaving on the 19th July. We saved ourselves roughly £800 by doing this so that’s our bed and sofa paid for on the other end, give or take.

36 Days To Go.

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Helen’s Hen Do to…PARIS! My Last Europe Trip.

Moving to Vancouver has really forced Willow and I to squirrel away the cash. I’ve hardly spent a bean on myself, but there was one certain trip I could not afford to miss…

Last year my wonderful friend Helen Anderson requested me to be one of her Bridesmaids for her upcoming wedding. And how could I ever refuse? I am undeniably excited to see her get wed to her love, Matthew.

I realised a Hen Do would be on the cards and this was something I could never miss, especially for my real life Angel, Helen. This was my last chance for quite a long time to go away with Helen and see her enjoy herself. This was her time and I wanted to be a huge part of it.

Our first day we dropped off our bags at the hotel, hopped on the metro and visited the Arch De Triomphe. The view was fantastic from the top and it was great to learn about the history of this iconic piece of architecture. We headed to Laduree, a world famous iconic Macaroon and Cake store in the centre of Paris. I treated myself to a beautiful pastry smothered in a fluffy rose water cream with fresh raspberries, topped off with a delicate rose petal.

After building up an appetite (it doesn’t take much for me), we headed over to a great burger place which was a short walk away from our hotel called Le Ruisseau. Quick, easy, but so fantastic and fun! My burger – steak tartare burger (obvs)- was probably the best burger I’d had in forever; I had no problem with washing down with my favourite cocktail, an Aperol Spritz. I’d highly recommend Le Ruisseau.

After over indulging on juicy burgers we headed to a roof top bar to admire and swoon over the Parisian skyline. The Eiffel Tower glowed beautifully, helping us to get excited for Disney Land the next morning.

Disney Land – 15.5 hours of the place. Helen, the gang and I couldn’t resist to skip around like crazy gals for that whole time apart from a few wee breaks! It doesn’t take much for Helen to look like a real life princess as she does most days. However, on our Disney day, I believe that with her gorgeous purple hair, pastel coloured flowing skirt and glittery, beautiful scale like top everyone thought Disney was promoting a new upcoming Princess!

Saturday night as soon as my head hit that pillow, I was a out like a light. I’d managed to pack in as many zzz’s as I could to make sure I was bright and breezy for the next day.

On Sunday, we took a leisurely stroll, past the Moulin Rouge, where we found a road full of bustling cafes. Obviously, I had to have a club sandwich and a pint – not too authentic but I thought hey, why the hell not?

After no time at all, and after a picnic on the lawns outside the Eiffel Tower it was time to head back home to England.

It was a total pleasure to spend this time with my dear friend. To see her enjoy herself and to make some awesome memories which we’ll never forget. Here’s to a trip for Helen to VANCOUVER!!!