Moving a bit far from Southeast Asia, we have a friend- our guest blogger of the week- Catherine Lavinia, who wrote an article for us to share about where to have a great time in the USA.


What better way to spend May half term with the family, than on a holiday to trump all holidays in Orlando, Florida? For many children from the second they see the Magic Kingdom in pictures and on the television, a trip to where the magic never ends is a dream that they’re just waiting to come true. Take the opportunity this year to make the dream a reality and pick up one of the awesome last minute deals, today.

Let’s not forget the grownups – any grownup who says they wouldn’t enjoy a holiday in Orlando must be lying. Whether they have visited before or if it’s a first time is irrelevant – the sheer number of varied attractions on offer in Orlando mean that whatever you’re looking for in a holiday, there will be something to suit.

Of course, you have to endure a long haul flight before you are able to enjoy what’s on offer Stateside and while the hours in the air can be a bit of a drab, it’s nothing a night in Gatwick before you fly can’t fix. Break up the journey and enjoy a comfortable sleep the night before departure so that all you’re faced with on the morning you fly is the plane journey. Pack plenty of activities in the hand luggage and your children will have plenty to keep them occupied for the entirety of the flight.
Plan an itinerary before you travel so that you know what you will have time to do. Remember, May half term is only a week long, so you’ll have to be strict on what you do and what you have to miss. There are several attractions that a trip to Orlando wouldn’t be the same without, though.

Photos from Catherine Lavinia

Photo credit Catherine Lavinia

Walt Disney World
It’s an absolute must, no matter how old you are. Home to the Magic Kingdom and enough real-life characters to fill your camera with photo opportunities, it’s a hub of entertainment of all descriptions. From parades and meet and greets to fun-filled rides and Disney stores galore, you’ll need a day to fit it all in.
Universal Studios
This is definitely one for the film fanatics and thrill seekers. There are dozens of opportunities to ‘ride the movies’, as well as themed areas to lose yourself in. You may have to make a return visit, because it’s also where you’ll find the Islands of Adventure and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – a must-visit for mudbloods and muggles alike.

Photo credit Catherine Lavinia

Photo credit Catherine Lavinia

As one of Orlando’s newest attractions, LEGOLAND is a perfect stop for any fan of the classic construction toy. It’s a perfect place to go if you have young ones in tow, while older kids (and the young at heart) will love all the LEGO themed areas to explore.
Busch Gardens
It may be a little further out, but it’s well worth a visit for its flawless combination of thrilling rides and wildlife opportunities. If you have time, make sure you book a day out here.

It’ll be hectic and busy, and by the time you return home, you’ll need time to recuperate, but it’ll be a family holiday to remember, forever.


There you have it! We are def adding this on our bucket list.