I wrote previously how it’s been a few years since I traveled properly and how I previously spent years living abroad and traveling! So I finally got a chance to travel outside the Nordic Countries: Florida and New York. So here are the highlights of the trip from May. As the trip was quite hectic I didn’t have a chance to write an update on everything I got to experience. But here are the best parts of Florida combined into one post. New York coming up soon. 🏙
I originally booked flights to Miami, but as the plans changed I rebooked it to Tampa. I had to pay for the rebooking, but the cost was more or less the same as booking a new flight or other transportation to Miami. The reason for all this was that we were a group of 6-10 people and finding suitable Airbnb housing was a bit of a challenge. So the locations we traveled to were basically based on where we could find housing.I had been in Florida once before and visited Disney World and Kennedy Space Center, so for this trip I didn’t have much wishes. And with a large group of people I simply find it easier to go with the flow. We rented a car, so we drove around quite a lot. And the first evening the rest of the group picked me up from the airport and we drove straight to a beach. The sunset was one of the prettiest ever.
This was basically a day trip to the beach. We took some fun pictures and had drinks, but that was pretty much it. Fort Myers isn’t really a major city in Florida, but I guess there would have been other interesting things as well. On the other hand, coming from the Nordics, sun and beaches were pretty much exactly what I wanted. At this point we were 6 people, so we could still fit into one car and the group was pretty easy to manage.
I would have loved to deeper explore the Everglades National Park, we only had time to see just a tiny piece of it. But maybe next time I’ll manage to get on an airboat and drive deeper into the swamps. Though we were pretty lucky to see several alligators!We had a brief tour with a local guide that taught us a lot of new about alligators and other species of the area. Most of the stories we’ve heard about alligators are scary and they’ve been portrayed as beasts that eat pretty much anything they come across isn’t exactly true. Humans aren’t easy food for alligators so they attack mostly when threatened or if humans have fed them and they’ve developed an association between humans and food. However, you should keep a safe distance!
For me, this was probably the highlight of the trip. I visited Key West on my last trip, but the only thing I could remember was that it was HOT. So during the warmest months it might not be the most comfortable place to visit. But this time the temperature was perfect. Although I’ve lived most of my life in the northern parts of the planet, I really enjoy hot weather and about +28 C is perfect. I knew about the southernmost point of the continental United States, but something I didn’t know about Key West was that it has a large gay community. And I also hadn’t realized that even the crosswalks had rainbow colors.
The final destination of our trip. The reason for traveling was actually my friend’s birthday And this is where we celebrated. The Airbnb house right next to the water with a pool was super nice. The house also had a barbecue place and a terrace, so we could have a nice dinner with some drinks. We then went to a bar for some more. That was actually the only time I went out clubbing during the trip. I definitely can’t deal with alcohol the same way as I did in my early twenties and prefer sleeping and waking up early, which is kind of nice. Although I kind of miss living a party life like I did back in Paris and Korea. I’m hoping to do some more traveling soon (as soon as I stop my seven-day-workweek routine). I’d love to head back to Asia for some Korean cosmetics and bubble tea!