April 14, 2014

60 Days

Exactly one month from today I will graduate from college (yes, I'm terrified), and then exactly one month later my mom and I will be boarding our flight to...

London, England
Holy crap, y'all!

This graduation trip has been in the works for over a year now. If you've been following my blog for awhile you might remember that last March during spring break my mom and I decided to do some exploring close to home. We made a day trip to Amelia Island and spent a long weekend in the beautiful Charleston and surrounding area. I was obviously obsessed with the idea of traveling, but those two small trips really got my mom excited about making a real effort to see the world around her. We then got on the subject of my pending graduation, and I told her that instead of a nice gift (like the Louis Vuitton Neverfull I'm desperate to have) or any amount of money as a graduation present, I would much rather go on a trip somewhere. We tossed around so many places we wanted to go, mostly in Europe, but we finally agreed on London as our destination.

My mom and I have been thinking about this trip nonstop since we made our decision. My mom started saving literally the next day so we wouldn't have to worry about expenses, and I have been working my butt off to plan our two-week adventure to ensure that we make the most of our time there. Back in October we booked our flat, and then in January we bought our plane tickets. That's when it really started to feel real - when we chose our seats on British Airways. And in the past couple weeks, we've really started to get serious and figure out what it is we want to see and do and to get a day-to-day itinerary mapped out. I've never planned something this big before, and my mom has entrusted basically all of the logistics to me, so I've probably been over-planning. I just want this experience to truly be unforgettable, and I'd rather be too prepared than not prepared enough.

And even though this trip is technically for me - it is my graduation trip - I'm honestly just so excited to be able to show my mom a city that she has always wanted to see. For a 22-year-old, I've seen a lot of places. I visited some pretty unique locations in middle school and high school through summer programs; I've been to some islands in the Caribbean; and I got to study abroad. I've been so fortunate growing up, and I've been bit hard by the travel bug, so I know I'll continue to travel throughout my life. And I know my mom is envious about my experiences because she tells me all the time how lucky I am that I've gotten to see so much so early in life. But now my mom is finally getting to do something that she has always wanted to do, and I'm just glad that I get to be part of it with her. This trip is just as much for her as it is for me in my eyes, and now that we are just 60 days out, I am beyond ready to start packing and get on the plane.

If you've been to London or live in London or just know a lot about London, I'd love your advice and guidance. Must-see places, little known gems, tips on how/where to book train tickets to towns outside of the city (especially this as I'm having a little bit of a hard time), and any other information you might have that would help make our trip that much better, I would love to hear it! Feel free to leave a comment below.

Now I just have to actually graduate first...I'm really trying to block that part out of my mind. I'm not ready to be an adult! Haha

1 comment:

  1. What a LOVELY post lol. Anyways, this is so exciting! I've always wanted to go to London and various other places in Europe that I didn't get a chance to visit while I was there. I'm sure you two will have so much fun. Looking forward to more posts from that trip