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From New York to London, with Love

February 4, 2016

When I was a foot loose and fancy free single lady, I didn’t really care for Valentine’s Day. That silly little cupid with his overpriced red roses and heart shaped chocolates can move right on because this lady was not falling for it. However, in the last couple of years, the 14th of February has held a special place in my heart… but probably not for the reasons you’re thinking!

After almost four years of being the other (crazier, hungrier, obviously better… the list goes on) half of a certain someone, I can confirm that my view on Valentine’s Day has not changed. It’s all just a made up marketing goldmine but I am happy to receive a cheesy card, bonus points if it contains a food pun! This so called ‘day of love’ is not significant to me simply because I’m in love… no, the 14th of February is special because back in 2014, that’s the day we finished our nearly four month adventure through North America, Cuba and Mexico, and landed in London to start our new, much longer adventure!

A certain someone likes to recall it as the day ‘I flew you from New York to London’, but we both know it was a joint effort. To get to that day, we had been on countless planes, trains, and dodgy buses with a couple of beloved rental cars thrown in the mix. We had enjoyed the blistering heat of Cuba and Mexico, the comfortable cool of a US west coast winter, and the relentless cold of its east coast winter. It was the most incredible trip I’ve had (so far) and I would do it all again tomorrow… in fact, we actually talk about reliving the whole thing in our golden years. By that point I might actually be brave enough to gamble properly in Vegas!

We spent over a hundred days together; non stop, first sight in the morning to the last in the evening, from extremely excited to extremely tired, back to excited again, then got to the end in one piece and with every desire to carry on exploring together. In my books, that’s an achievement! So from ending one amazing trip in New York to the start of our new lives in London, the 14th of February will always be a day I remember and love!


Love is certainly in the air this month, so tell us what you love for February’s Travel Linkup – just pop over to Emma, Angie, Jessi, or Kaelene’s blogs to join in!

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  • I am not at all a valentines person but your journey is definitely something to celebrate what a beautiful story.

    Emma Inks

    • Thank you! Not killing each other through hours of public transport, some seriously long stretches of desert road, a lot of snow, sunburn and questionable food… Worth celebrating!

  • What an incredible trip!

    • The best ever! (So far that is, but it’ll always be hard to top!)

  • What a trip – and it sounds worth every moment (even with the cheek!)

    • Gotta love a bit of cheekiness though!

  • Shikha (whywasteannualleave)

    I have to be honest and say that I find Valentine’s Day totally naff and highly insensitive towards those who may not have a loved one or have lost a loved one and that is why I absolutely LOVE your reasons for celebrating the 14th Feb – an actual proper meaningful occasion!! What an amazing trip that must have been!

    • Thank you! It’s just one big money making campaign isn’t it..?! It was incredible – cannot wait to do it all again, but in spring perhaps!

  • Bah that’s such an enviable trip. I want to do it. Now. Noooooooooow.
    Also, I love “I flew you from New York to London”, like he strapped you to his back and just flapped away XD

    • Oh, didn’t I mention the jetpack he’s got?!

  • Ahh that’s a much better reason to celebrate 14th February than Valentine’s Day (definitely with you on that one – show your love for someone every day not just one day a year people!!). What a great way to finish an adventure – with an even bigger one 🙂

    • A bit out of the ordinary but worthwhile celebrating I think!

  • Love this! You must be one of the few people in the world that celebrates February 14th for all the right reasons! Long may your adventures together continue 🙂

    Polly xx
    Follow Your Sunshine

    • Thank you Polly! I sure hope the adventures carry on, we’ve still got some much we want to see and experience!

  • How lovely that 14 February coincides with the start of such an amazing adventure for you both!

    • Thanks Suze! It’s so nice to have something more personal to celebrate on that day!

  • I love that 14th February means something to you for a reason quite different to Valentine’s Day! Happy anniversary, and here’s to many more years of you two creating adventures together 🙂 x

    • Thank you! I figured if we can travel that long together, we can manage anything!

  • Aww great Valentine’s Day story 🙂

    • Thank you! Hopefully it wasn’t too sappy for everyone!

  • lovely! #travel linkup

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