Don't worry, this
is the last part of my longer than planned Road trip story. In this last part I
will tell you about the shopping and Disney in Orlando, the alligator spotting
in the Everglades and the upgrade at the Hilton hotel!
I asked one of my friends in The Netherlands, who has lived in the USA for a while,
what she recommends that I should do when I go to the USA. She told me I should visit Sonic.
Sonic is a drive-in restaurant which sells crazy combined flavors of ice-cream
shakes. They have things such as Oreo & Peanut butter and Brownie &
Cookie Dough. They contain a lot of calories as you can imagine. A small cup
contains about 700 calories and a large one even 2100 with almost 200 grams of
I decided to go for a small peanut butter shake, but I couldn’t even finish this.
I only consumed about a quarter of it before I was full.
This has probably (for sure) been the most expensive part of the whole trip. Not the plane tickets, not the hotel costs (not even from the period we spend at the Hilton), but the shopping trips
to the outlet malls. I absolutely loooove the outlet mall in Orlando. This one
had the best discounts.
So a funny thing happened. We were
able to book a room at the Hilton Grand Vacations Club (Very nice hotel!) for
cheap. They had some sort of discount, and on top of that we booked in the period
when they didn’t charge a resort-fee. We got a pretty nice room. But the second
day of our stay we noticed that there was a water leak from the ceiling. It was
leaking towards the socket.
We called the reception and they tried to fix it, but concluded that they were not
able to do this on the same day. So we got a free upgrade to an enormous
suite!! On the left of the living room of our suite, there was a door leading
to an extra hotel room which included a king-size bed, a bathroom, a
little sitting area and a terrace. In the middle we had a full living room with
a kitchen and on the right we had the master bedroom with a Jacuzzi!! We used
the master bedroom.
I told you guys about the friends we were traveling with. They were staying at a
motel at the time. The moment we got the upgrade, we called them to ask if they
wanted to stay at our suite for the week since we had the extra room which we
did use. I don't have to tell you what they answered right..
At the resort they had a couple of swimming pools and other facilities, but we
were not able to enjoy them much since most of the time we were shopping.
We went to Disney World for a day.
The original plan was to also visit Epcot and Universal, but, shopaholic that I
am, we decided to spend the money we spared for these tickets on shopping. I
absolutely loved Disney World. When we tried to go back to the hotel at the end
of the day, all of the sudden it started to storm. The transportation from the park
gate to the car was shut down and it took what felt like an hour before we
could go back to the car.
The last night we were staying in
a hotel in Miami, since we were flying back from Miami airport. Our friends had
decided to join us there and cancelled the hotel they originally booked. On the
day of the departure we decided to do some laundry at the hotel.
We were in the midst of doing laundry when our friends told us that they found a
discount on Groupon for an airboat tour in the everglades. They asked us if we
wanted to join them, but if we did that we had to hurry since they were leaving
in a couple of minutes. We decided to go with them. Before we went to the
everglades, we checked out at the hotel since we had to go straight to the
airport after the boat ride if we wanted to catch our flight.
Before we even stepped foot on the premises in the everglades, we were attacked by
mosquitos. They were everywhere! Luckily they sold anti-mosquito spray at the
gift shop. During the tour we saw some alligators.
This was the story of my trip to Florida.
See you soon,