If you’ve ever traveled abroad, chances are you’ve found yourself in some pretty uncomfortable or hilarious situations. If you haven’t – consider yourself lucky! However, one thing is for sure – they always end up making some pretty great stories. I’ve personally been lost on the rugged streets of small-town Costa Rica, almost stranded at a gas station in Bali when we thought our motorbike broke down, and have run into a Scottish friend in Barcelona who I hadn’t seen in 7 years since we first met in Costa Rica. There was also that time I was stranded in the cow country and drove through the night with 3 complete strangers. Travel will test you and help create some of the most memorable experiences. Because of this, I have asked fellow travel bloggers to share their craziest travel stories. From a full frontal massage along the Silk Road to getting completely lost in the Balkans, each of these stories are highly entertaining.
Earlier this month, one of my oldest friends and I jetted off to Orlando, Florida to explore the wonders of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. However, what we found was that the region has so much more to offer than just great theme parks and expensive souvenirs. In addition to some much needed pool lounging time, we fell in love with some local restaurants and indulged in a fun history lesson by traversing some of Central Florida’s lakes and canals. We particularly enjoyed our time in Winter Park, which is a town right next to the theme park capital. If you’re planning a getaway to the area, here are the ins and outs of our trip and our 6 day Orlando, Florida itinerary.
After competing in Cotopaxi Questival in San Francisco, one of my oldest friends and I almost immediately jetted off to Orlando, Florida for some much needed pool time, shopping, local exploration, and most importantly – to get lost in the wonders of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I had high expectations, but it was even better than I dreamed. As lifelong Harry Potter fans, we nerded out to say the least. The amount of detail at the theme park is truly spectacular and we never wanted to leave! We had a lot of questions about the logistics of the Wizarding World prior to our trip so I hope to provide some essential Wizarding World of Harry Potter tips and recommendations if you’re planning to visit.
It’s been two years since my friends and I competed in our first Cotopaxi Questival and a lot has changed about the 24 hour “scavenger hunt” in just a couple years! Within two years, the San Francisco race jumped from 218 teams to 480 teams and they made a number of valuable changes within the Questival app. What hasn’t changed about Questival is its ability to push you as an individual and group beyond your limits to tackle dozens (or even hundreds) of experiences you never thought you could do within a day. All while laughing through hilarious blunders and unexpected situations.