Day #1 – Travelling alone

And so the adventure began today!!! I was so excited, although very nervous at the same time. Although I have travelled on a plane so many times before, this is first time I am travelling alone aboard. The day stared with an early wake up at 4:00am because we wanted to miss rush hour and dad didn’t want to pay for the Dartford crossing :)!! We made really good time and didn’t hit any traffic so arrived super early at the airport, arriving at about 7:00am. Check-in wasn’t even open yet for my Airline and to be honest I don’t blame them because 7 in the morning is EARLY, so dad took me for breakfast. I choose smashed avocado and poached eggs on pancakes. It was delicious but HUGE! I couldn’t eat it all but dad demolished his breakfast burger with sausage, bacon and a fried egg with fried potatoes on the side. Alongside my much needed breakfast tea (cuppa two may I add, as had to have before I left the house this morning) breakfast went down nicely.       
Next, was time to check-in and leaving dad at security (the sad bit) I left dad at the gates and nervously went through security with tears rolling down my face. Don’t ask me why – I’m not sure!! I was leaving to go on and an amazing holiday and I had no reason to be sad but I’m a home bird and always miss my family when I’m away. Once I was through security and the tears were over … SHOPPING!!!! This defiantly cheered me up and always does. I didn’t buy loads but I did treat myself to a new SuperDry top.
The only part I was most nervous about was finding my flight and the right gate and to my surprise it was sooooo easy! Everything was clearly labelled and people were there to help if I needed. Once I had smoothly made it pnto the plane, a wave of anxiousness came across me. For some stupid I realised that there were no TV’s on the plane and I couldn’t stop myself from crying. This was embarrassing!!! Again I had no reason to be crying because I had already spoken to three lovely girls who were also travelling on their own and a kind man had helped me put my suitcase in the over head lockers. I didn’t know what to so because I felt like I had no one to speak to – I was wrong! I took myself to get back of the plane and just burst into tears to three of the air hostesses. They told me there wS nothing to worry about, gave me a hug, a glass of water and an iPad!! They kindly told me I could go and see them at any point during the journey and gave me an iPad for the whole journey to keep me entertained. I didn’t even tell them I was crying over there being no stupid TV’s!!! Once we were up in the air I was fine and to be honest the flight didn’t feel too long, but it never does once you are flying. I entertained myself with FOOD (probably not the best but it works), magazines, books, music and the films on the iPad. 
Once we had landed, I started to get excited! I jumped off the plane and flew through passport control really quickly, which was lucky. However I was waiting, at baggage claim for a good 25 minutes. Although once I had managed to hull my heavy suitcase off, it was time to see Emma!!!! OMG I was sooooo excited!! As soon as I got through the door I could see her waving and i went running towards her with a huge hug. It has been a year since we have seen each other so on the 2 hour journey back from the airport we were chit chatting away the whole journey. Sorry Chris (Emma’s dad)!!! 
I now couldn’t believe I had made it all the way Canada by myself and I it wasn’t event that hard. By the time I had got home I was shattered and after refreshing with a shower, I needed some sleep as I had been awake for over 24hours but it was still the afternoon here, so Emma took me to McDonald’s where most of her friends work to get a ice cream and just chilled. We meet a couple of her friends and everyone loved the English accent!! As I was falling asleep at the table, we decided to head back home and get an early night, excited for tomorrow!!   
Lots of love and travels,

Elle xxx

What’s in my travel bag? 

If you read my last post you will know that I am going away for three weeks very soon and when it comes to travelling, I am not one of those people who pack light. For my hand language I am taking a small suit case and a handbag, purely because I cannot fit all my clothes into my main suitcase. I will not bother going through my travel on suitcase otherwise, we will be here all day, so I’m just going to share what’s in my handbag I’m taking On the plane with me. 
I always over prepare myself for flights because I would hate to be in a suituation where I didn’t have something I needed. Therefore I over pack hugely!! I am taking my brown longchamp bag because it’s the biggest zip-up bag I own and is easy to carry. I am not a fan of backpacks so this is perfect!     
Firstly have a small clutch bag which has all my most important things in, which I cannot loose!! It easier to have it all in one place so when you come to find it you don’t have to rummage through your massive bag. I this I have …. 

– Phone 

– Purse

– Travel money

– Passport (I love this pink leather case I have for my passport to keep it extra protected)

– iPod

– Ticket for that specific flight 

All my other paperwork such as my other tickets, itinerary and travel insurance will be keep in a polly pocket to keep them safe. These peices of paper I will not need for that flight so I will keep them separately so I don’t get them all mixed up.  

 
Secondly I have two very small toiletry bags. One contains sanitary items (always remember that girls because that would be the worse situation to be stuck in without it!!) In the other green one I don’t have all my makeup but just essentials …. 

– blaster plasters 

– paracetamol

– concealer (just to put a little on after the flight because from my experience you never look your best after a long flight) 

– face expert brush (for the concealer) 

– Vaseline 

– pocket mirror 

– Hairbands (nothing worse than having your hair annoying you, especially if you have long hair like me)  

– face wipes (for a little refresheren after you land or just before)

– solid perfume  

 
As for entertainment …. I have two books, my notepad, my iPad and a colouring book. I will also need to buy a pair of headphones at the airport and put my charges into my bag before the flight too.   
I’m now super excited about going away, and want to leave now!!! I will keep you all updated on my travels…

Elle xxx