September on The Travelbunny (1)

As September turns to October and the leaves on the trees begin to fall there’s a distinct autumn chill in the morning air. I’m looking forward to getting cosy in front of the fire, taking some countryside walks to see the autumn colour and checking out some of the hot new TV dramas.  And of course, now is the perfect time to be planning next year’s travel! But in the meantime, what’s been happening in September with The Travelbunny…

Writing

I’ve been away a lot in September so there have only been a couple of blog posts. I finished up my Iceland series after spending a whirlwind 24 hours in the country with Celebrity Cruises. We learned how to make thunder bread in a fascinating geothermal bake-off. While we were there we had a little time to check out Reykjavik – Iceland’s Design Destination. It’s all incredibly cool and I really hope it’s not my last visit to this beautiful country.

Hallgrímskirkja Reykjavik

Win!

There’s a little giveaway that I’m running on the blog this week to win a cute travel accessory bundle so if you like your travel gadgets and accessories check it out.

Social

I was delighted to be featured among 11 fabulous female bloggers in the Travelzoo Blog. We shared our top tips on solo female travel when asked the question ‘What’s the one tip you would give to a woman setting off on her first solo travel experience?’ You’ll find our advice here. Got any tips that you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments section below.

Blogstock

I went to Blogstock for the first time, with my daughter Amy, at the beginning of the month and glamped it up in a Hertz tipi-style tent. It was great fun but absolutely blimmin’ freezing! There were some excellent sessions with lots of great blogging tips and advice, Instagram fun, lots of brands to chat with and we met some fab people. It’s so good to put faces to some of the blogs I love to read.

Amy’s highlight of the weekend was getting to hold a 7-week old meerkat. Too cute!

Travel and a South West USA Road Trip

September was the month we went on our big American road trip to South West USA. And it was amazing! We started with three days in San Francisco where we biked the bridge, checked out Fisherman’s Wharf and bumped into Freddie Flintoff and Jamie Redknapp on the beach (like you do!)

Next stop was Monterey for some whale watching – and wow, did we see some wildlife. I cant wait to show you what we saw but in the meantime here’s a taster…

Orca Whales, Monterey Bay

We checked out the beautiful 17-mile drive through the famous Pebble Beach golf course and the route down to Big Sur. Just as we thought it couldn’t possibly get any more beautiful we explored the stunning landscapes of Yosemite and were wowed all over again.

Yosemite National Park, California

We drove through a sweltering Death Valley before spending 3 nights in mad, crazy Las Vegas. Next we headed to the Grand Canyon via the Hoover Dam before hitting a section of Route 66 where we found a fabulous themed motel in the kitschiest, quirkiest town ever.

Our final stop was Sedona where we checked out the red rocks and had a very odd vortex experience before flying home out of Phoenix.

Sedona, Arizona

Apart from our flights, hotel for three nights in San Francisco and the car nothing was pre-booked. We had a well-scribbled map, an idea of what we wanted to see and a thirst for adventure. We wanted the freedom of staying longer if we really liked a place or if we discovered a gem of a town (which we did!) or moving on if we didn’t.  Four friends, 1,589 miles, 7 hotels/motels and the experience of a lifetime. I’ll be posting all about our epic trip throughout October.

Plans for October

October is a quiet month travel-wise – I’m still recovering from that road trip! I’ll be spending a few days in a small village in the foothills of the Cabrera Mountains, Almeria, Spain to celebrate a friend’s big birthday. It’s an area of Spain I’ve not been to before, about 15k from the coast and very rural. I’m really looking forward to exploring an authentic side of Spain and indulging in Cava and tapas with good mates.

Where are your travels taking you in October?