My Dream Holiday: The USA

Our Campus Comment sub-editor shares her dream holiday with us

Kayleigh Fraser
17th March 2022
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There are thousands of beautiful destinations across the globe where you can spend a holiday. For me? It's Florida. And I've been lucky enough to experience this dream a few times in my life. But, if I were to travel again in 2022, my trip to the sunshine state would be slightly different.

As long as I can remember I've been in love with America. Especially after my YouTube phase from 2012-2014 I was obsessed with anything American. Bath and Body Works, the school buses, the supermarkets, the fast food.... you name it, I was obsessed.

This is exactly why I had a complete breakdown when I was surprised to a Florida holiday in 2013. We did everything from the theme parks to Kennedy space centre. Then, the same again in 2016, 2018 and then 2019. But, if I were to take a trip across the Atlantic in 2022, my plan would be a little different.

First, I'd make a stop in New York. Having never been to the big apple, it's a bucket list goal of mine to explore the city that never sleeps. From drag shows, fifth avenue, the statue of Liberty and so much more, New York is an unmissable destination.

If I were to take a trip across the Atlantic in 2022, my plan would be a little different

I'm desperate to try all of the famous food places in the city. One dreamy place I know of is called 'DŌ', where they serve cookie dough by the scoop in a variety of different flavours.

Another moment on my list is to live my best Gossip Girl fantasy and take a picture on the steps of the Met. Perhaps even have breakfast at Tiffany's. What more could you ever ask for?

After around a week in the city, I'd hop on a plane to Orlando for part two of my American escape. This time, I'll hit all the major parks. All 4 Disney parks, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. Perfection.

I can stop off at Magic Kingdom for the infamous fireworks shows, then head off to Islands of Adventure the next day for a wild ride of rollercoasters and Harry Potter world. Most people only really know of the Harry Potter rides in Universal and IOA. But, there's more than meets the eye.

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In 2021, Velocicoaster opened in Islands of Adventure, an extension onto the existing Jurassic Park world. I haven't been on it unfortunately, but I'm dying to get onto it!

Of course, it's not just around Orlando that you get a brilliant holiday. Why not drive across to Tampa for a day at Busch Gardens? Better yet, have an afternoon at Clearwater beach and soak up some rays. Then, if you're a space fan, drive a few hours to the east to visit the Kennedy Space Centre.

If you're in the area, you've got to pay a visit to the malls. The mall at Millenia is definitely my favourite, as it has the most incredible Chinese restaurant in the food court and the best Bath and Body Works.

I hope this gives an insight into my dream holiday, and why I hope to experience it all one day. I could discuss Florida and the United States for hours... maybe one day I'll be able to live my full dream holiday.

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AUTHOR: Kayleigh Fraser
Campus Comment Sub Editor for 2021/22 and Head of News at NSR. English Literature Student heavily obsessed with politics, bath and body works and making positive change. Also slightly infatuated with iced coffee, guinea pigs, my dog and binging The Simpsons.

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