Welcome to this week’s Postcard From – the feature where I chat to some lucky explorer about their recent travels.
This week’s Postcard From guest is Kristy, a 23-year-old Aussie girl from the Gold Coast, Queensland who has recently created the travel blog Global Whispers. After venturing overseas three times since graduating from University in 2011, Kristy has visited 14 countries and dreams of stepping foot on every continent. She currently works full time in a retail store and saves every extra dollar to fund her next adventure and share her experiences with her readers. You can keep up with Kristy on Facebook, @globalwhispers on Instagram, and @kristyyy_a on Twitter – or use #globalwhispers.
Welcome to Postcard From, Kristy. Where’s this postcard from?
In July/August I flew to LAX with my friend Emma to explore Anaheim, San Francisco and Los Angeles (which I will mention is at least a 13 hour flight from Brisbane, Australia!) for 3 weeks. I had been to all of these places before, but for short periods of time so wanted to set aside a few weeks to really see what each city had to offer, and I was not disappointed!
How was the weather?
July and August is winter in Australia so we desperately wanted to escape the cold, so American summer was a perfect choice. Although Anaheim and Hollywood were quite hot, San Francisco was a nice change of temperature in between with the weather being sunny, but much cooler.
Were you travelling on a budget, or splurging on posh hotels?
We stayed in incredibly nice hotels (Marriott Anaheim, Chancellor Hotel in San Francisco and the Hilton Garden Inn in Hollywood) during our stay as this was after all a holiday for us and we wanted a little bit of luxury. All of the hotels were quite central to what we wanted to do whilst visiting and incredibly comfortable (to say the least).
In three weeks you must have been able to get a lot done?
So many exciting things but my all time favourite experiences from this trip would have to be…
- Spending 3 days in the world of Disney at Disneyland and California Adventure Park (if you read any of my posts you’ll see I’m a huge Disney fan!)
- A day trip to the breath taking Yosemite National Park, a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city
- Seeing Beyoncé and JayZ’s On The Run Tour at AT&T Park
- Attending a filming of the Conan O’Brien show at Warner Brothers Studios and dancing on the stairs at the Ellen DeGeneres show
- Riding the awesome rides at Universal Studios was so much fun
- Spending our final night being entertained by Justin Timberlake at the Staples Centre
Wow, that’s a lot of awesome stuff! Do you have a number one highlight?
For me I really enjoyed taking a step away from the city and going to Yosemite National Park. Hiking to the Sequoia trees, seeing the wildlife and taking in some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the world is something I wont ever forget. Oh, and witnessing the incredible Justin Timberlake do his concert at the Staples Centre was truly incredible, he’s a brilliant entertainer and that stadium is HUGE!
Can you recommend a good place to eat?
We ate a lot of American, Japanese and Italian cuisine on our trip, but the best food was definitely when we went to an Italian restaurant in Hollywood called Miceli’s. Authentic and delicious Italian food, cocktails in a cute dimmed and candlelit restaurant with a live singer and pianist made this restaurant one of the best. It’s also the oldest Italian restaurant in Hollywood, which adds a bit of nostalgia to the experience.
Did anything embarrassing happen on the trip?
The most embarrassing moment was probably anytime I’m trying to navigate somewhere. I’m really terrible at working out my bearings and following a map, but I’m working on it… by constantly getting lost which if it weren’t for Emma, would have happened a lot more on our trip.
I’m exactly the same – I have to rely on my boyfriend to navigate us everywhere! Were there any disasters?
It wasn’t necessarily a disaster, but we had booked our Warner Brothers Studio tour for a certain time and organised a cab to get there with plenty of time to spare. Turns out that the cab driver was late and then had no idea where he was going, missed the right exit to take and then got mad at us when we didn’t tip him. We missed the first video part of the tour, but luckily didn’t miss anything more.
Do you have any tips or advice for anyone heading to California?
I would say for big attractions book them in advance and online, it’s usually cheaper and you’re guaranteed to be able to go. We then planned everything else around the things we had pre-booked, which was easy!
And finally, my new favourite question – what’s your favourite travel read?
I’m a little bit obsessed with all the Lonely Planet books! I recently purchased ‘The World’s Great Wonders’ and have just flicked through and am already excited about reading it and hopefully one day exploring the natural and man made wonders in it.
NB – all images are owned by Kristy.