Coming to America.

I talked a bit about my American tour last year when I booked it, but that was well over a year away at the time. Time is going so quickly though, and it's now only four months away, so I thought I'd give you an update on the plan. Since then, I'd like to think I've met some new blogging friends, who might not know what my plans are.

I'm flying in to San Francisco on the 6th August, for 2 nights. A friend from back home, Mel, who stalks this blog, is flying from Sydney and meeting me there. We don't have any huge plans for San Fran at the moment, other than being recommended to do an Alcatraz tour at night, to scare off our pants. I'm all for spooky stuff.

After that, Mel and I are catching a quick flight to Los Angeles, where we're spending 4 nights in a somewhat dodgy-sounding hotel in Venice Beach. LA is so insane, I don't know what we're doing here either yet - but hopefully squishing in some good ol' sightseeing and a trip to Universal Studios for good measure.

We're meeting Kirby (yes, my real life & blogging friend Kirby!) on the 12th August, and we are all shuffling down somehow to Anaheim for another 4 nights - Disney! Woo! I'm also tempted to get back out to Six Flags at some point, because omg, that will keep the ride nut in me happy. Have I ever mentioned that I LOVE amusement parks?

On the 16th August, we begin our Grand Southern Contiki tour - a 24 day stretch that takes us from Anaheim right across to New York. This is the tour I'm going to be doing. (On that page, you can see the different states, stops & sightseeing that is included in the package, too.) We get to see loads, but the downside is that we miss out on Chicago and the other mid-western states, boo. If I had the dollars and the time off work, I'd totally add the Grand Northern tour on top of that, but alas, poor.

Once we've been to all of those different spots, we'll be finishing in New York City - where we're staying for an extra week, before heading home on the 14th September.

Are you exhausted yet?

I know it's a little early to start thinking about things, but I'd be super interested to find out if anyone wants to catch up for a coffee, dinner, drink or bargain shopping spree at some point - because in most of the bigger stops, we'll get time to ourselves to explore. I'm all for being a crazy tourist, but let me confess; I'd love to meet some of your smily faces along the way! Give me a holler if it sounds like something you would be interested in, and I can give you a better idea of dates.

(I promise I'm not an axe murderer, as if I'd ever get THAT through security!)*

*Doesn't that make you feel so much more secure?


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38 comments:

Lacey Bean said...

Yay New York!! Definitely want to have a drink with you when you're here! Where are you staying??

Ashley D said...

That sounds like an amazing trip. I've done the drive from Texas to California and back several times. It's so beautiful. Definitely bring a camera! I hope you have such a great time! :)

jessica said...

I live in Dallas and would be more than happy to show you around or at least tell you some good spots to see if you have some free time. Just let me know :] The trip sounds like a ton of fun!

janet said...

pencil me in for DC (if you haven't already, of course) :)

Kristabella said...

OK, if I'm still at my current job, I will have a sales conference during our previously scheduled Memphis meet-up.

BUT! I have never been to DC and I wouldn't mind making a trip out there. Or NYC. Since you are there around my birthday!

I can't believe it is only 4 months away!

-R- said...

I can't believe your trip is coming up so quickly!

I live in the northern mid-west, so won't be able to meet up with you, but it looks like you will have such a fun (and long) trip.

katelin said...

Oh your trip sounds so amazing! Maybe we can meet up when you're in LA!? :)

La said...

That sounds like such an amazing trip! I only wish you were coming near my neck of the woods in NY. Damn Upstate!

1218blog said...

That sounds like a serious adventure! I am jealous. I live in the states and haven't taken advantage of anything like that. Isn't it funny how fast a year goes by. Amazing!

Vanessa said...

I'd love to meet up with you in Dallas. Sounds like a great tour!

The Casual Perfectionist said...

Looks like a great trip!! You're going to have so much fun!

mcgee said...

oooh me me me!! in san francisco!! we must meet! and i can take you for the best cupcakes evar!

Teacher A said...

Oh no! You've going to miss us in Orlando by one day! (We're going from Sept. 2-11.)

I know there are some thoughts of going up to Disneyland while everyone is in town for the wedding, but that would probably be Aug. 10 or 11. Still, I won't be working, so I may just have to dive up and hang out some day near the end of the week (well, assuming you don't mind).

Operation Pink Herring said...

I'll totally meet up with you in DC!

Tali said...

That sounds like such fun! I live near SF, but sadly will probably be out of the country in early August. I love San Francisco though, and hopefully you will love it too =)

Lara said...

which day will you be going to disney? i'd love to do disneyland with you, especially since i'm so well-acquainted with it! (i went every weekend for about three years in high school.)

if it doesn't work out to go to disney together, i definitely want to see you while you're in san fran - i'm only about 40 minutes away. :)

SassyBelle said...

ME! ME! ME! Raleigh! Raleigh's on the tour, right??

Michelle & the City said...

i'm still stuck in the midwest - no alynda for me :(

Jessica said...

Hi! I have been reading (err... stalking...haha) your blog for a few weeks now and just thought I would finally leave you a comment. I live in Modesto, California- which is about two hours away from San Francisco. When you go to SF definitely dress warm because in August it's usually cold and windy. And something I love to do when I go to LA is to buy a map from a vendor on the streets that shows you where all the celebrities live. It's probably the cheapest fun thing to do there- maybe you'll get lucky and see a star at their house!

Jamie said...

So bummed you won't be stopping by Chicago :(

Maya said...

Santa Barbara is a WORLD different than the whole LA scene...but only 90 minutes (depending on traffic, of course, and if you take the PCH, erm, Pacific Coast Highway, its beyouuteeful) away - you can easily do a couple of days, or even one long one, up here. If so, shoot me an email and I'll send you a List. As long as I'm not working, I'm around for tour guide/tea/drinks most days as well.

Cheers!

Maya

Kirsten said...

Yay, you're coming to Vegas!!!! We totally have to stalk each other at the buffet. E-mail me as the time gets closer so we can set it up.

kirby said...

ME ME ME! I want to meet up with you and have coffee!!! *squeals*
FOUR MONTHS! we're going to be busy in Dallas and DC, it looks.

Remember folks, chances of meeting me also are pretty high.

Nathan Pralle said...

Would LOVE to meet you, but the closest you come is Tennessee, and that's a good 12 hour drive from here, at least, so I don't think we'll get the pleasure of an Alynda Experience(tm) this time around. I hope you have a kickass time nonetheless.

Noelle said...

I'd love to meet you, I live about 90 minutes away from NYC, so if you feel like a day trip to some of the most beautiful parts of the country, there is lots of apple picking and outdoorsy stuff in September up here. Or, I'm always willing to hop the train down to the NYC, which I love ever so much.

Also, when you get here, we'll have to teach you about the ass backwards American way of saying the month before the date (ie: September 14th!)

Marriage-101 said...

Dang it! I live in St. Louis, Missouri. The closest you'll be to me is Memphis. I do love Memphis though. It's going to be sweltering in August/September! Drink lots of water.

And can I just say how jealous I am of your trip? I've lived in the US my whole life and have never done a trip like that. So jealous.

heidikins.com said...

Oh, I'm sooo in for Vegas! Granted, Vegas in August is kind of like living in a blow-dryer, but hey... it's Vegas! They have air conditioning! :o)

xox

Laurel said...

I WISH you were coming to Chicago. Booooohoooooo

New Duck said...

Your U.S. tour sounds amazing. It doesn't sound like you'll make it to San Francisco in time, but if you happen to come early, you should attend Blogher 08. It's July 18-20, and it's supposed to be fun. I've never gone to one before but am hoping to make it this year. Maybe I'll see you there!

melisa said...

can i meet up with you to do somehting as well. maybe the airport...

Stefi said...

Wish I could have coffee with you in the East Village in NYC... too bad I'll be in this bloody circus called Italy :(

Zandria said...

I see you're going to be in DC for a few days! We'll have to try to meet up while you're here. I'm sure there must be some other people you read in this area who'd probably like to try to get together, too. :)

Miss A said...

I'm totally jealous of all the bloggers you are going to potentially meet. We aew geographically challenged downunder!! XXX

velocibadgergirl said...

When are you going to be in Memphis?

Kristina said...

Have a great time - what a journey across the USA! Highly recommend Lady & Sons (Paul Deen) restaurant when in Savannah.

Kristina said...

That was meant to say Paula Deen!
: )

Julie said...

Stupid google reader.
that comment that i just left on the wrong post...

Um yea
Insert that here.

Kellie said...

=O Aly!! in Raleigh!! *dies* Not the best time for dying, but good yeah. =D *squeezes you to pieces* Hooray for your Suhthahn tour. Yes, that's how I pronounce Southern. Ok, now that I've shocked you, I shall crawl back into my little spot of the internet with my youngins. Talk to you soon. *hugs*





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