I don’t know if you’ve noticed (hopefully some of you have), but I haven’t really published anything in 3 weeks or so. But I do have a good excuse: I was on holidays!

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After months of waiting and preparing, my boyfriend and I took off for a road trip on the American West Coast. Stunning beaches, hamburgers, desert landscapes, giant milkshakes, culture and science, those are a few of the many things we’ve seen and done during those very busy 16 days between California, Arizona and Nevada. Obviously I’ll publish blogposts about each part of the trip, including tips, pictures and anecdotes, but before that, I wanted to post a first round of photos and some general planning advice.

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When we booked our plane tickets, after looking online by ourselves for a little bit, we got some help from Connections, where we were eventually able to choose between several propositions for flying to California and back. We went for the cheapest alternative, which was about 600€ per person – not bad at all, right? This option was offered by US Airways and included a layover in Philadelphia. In total, that’s almost 14h30 flying, plus a few hours of waiting and transit – count one intense day of travelling. Luckily, everything went well, no delays, no lost luggage. The only downside, which I believe might be the reason why the tickets were so cheap, is that they didn’t offer any individual in-flight entertainment. That means you have to bring your own laptop/portable gaming console/book to pass time – make sure your batteries are fully charged, and it’s not that bad. Definitely worth the few hundred euros saved. For the rest, the plane and the service were great, and the food was even pretty good.

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We also rented our car via Connections, they gave us a good deal because we booked our flights with them (by the way, this is NOT sponsored content, I’m just very happy with their work!), so we decided to splurge a little bit and went for a Ford Mustang, aka the ultimate road trip car (and indeed, we saw a whole bunch of tourists driving the same car at several points on the road, made us feel a little less ‘authentic’). Good to know: the trunk is rather small, it doesn’t fit two big suitcases, so travel light and use soft, fabric bags so you can play Tetris more easily. It’s a great car, super comfortable and nice. It just uses a lot of gas, so take that into account.

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And for our sleeping arrangements, we used two great modern tools, Airbnb and Booking.com. Those allowed us to spend great nights and discover great places everywhere, each time for less than 100€. We booked Airbnb apartments for the cities where we were staying several days (Los Angeles and San Francisco), while hotels/motels were more handy and flexible for the one night stops – especially those we booked on the same day (a whole adventure for this always stressed, organisation-freak…).

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I’ll start publishing my reports in a few days, starting with Los Angeles, our first stop, which I completely fell in love with within the first 24 hours. See you soon!

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