I’ve been visiting Alton Towers theme park every year since 1984. Yes, I am that old.

That first visit was so exciting. It was a coach trip organised by the company that my Dad worked for. The journey felt like it took an age but I guess it was something like 2.5 hours from North Wales. I had never been to a theme park, but had heard about Alton Towers from other friends who has already been the year before. I don’t remember going on many rides, but I remember one of the adults holding onto me for dear life as I slid around on the pirate ship (I was a puny kid). I also remember getting soaked on the Log Flume – the final drop felt huge as a small child. And there the obsession began.

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We all love a good road trip don’t we? It’s a great way to travel,  to see a number of different places in one trip, building your own itinerary and taking everything at your own pace.

A country as vast and varied as the USA is made for road trips, and no more so than than the State of California. California has everything. It has huge cities, amazing beaches and coastline, mountains ranges, deserts, ski resorts, wineries and so much more to offer. I don’t think I have ever visited California without renting a car and getting out onto the open road. It’s wonderful. Well, the freeways of Los Angeles completely rammed with traffic are not wonderful, but put that aside and it is wonderful.

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Do you remember that time we won an overnight stay in castle in Scotland? No, well you can remind yourself of that here. We’d flown in to Inverness airport, picked up a nippy Fiat 500L, which I had never heard of up until this point, and spent time exploring the Scottish Highlands. The first day involved a visit to the Glenfiddich Distillery which was great, followed by an overnight and uneventful stay at Loch Ness which was perfectly fine but Nessie disappointingly never appeared.

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