Travelogue

Western USA 15D14N Travelogue (Day 0 – Day 1)

Deciding on the perfect destination for the honeymoon is not as simple as it seems. Both parties will have their ideal honeymoon destination. My ideal honeymoon destination is either Amsterdam or Vienna. However, for my hubby, it will be his all-time favorite, San Fransico; USA. Instead of going for Free and Easy, both of us want a fuss-free guided tour.

After shopping around for almost a few months, we decided to take up Western USA tour from one of the tour agency due to the flexibility and the itineraries they going to over. One main deciding factor was, we will be going to fulfill both of our childhood dream of visiting Disneyland.

Everything was going as plan until a month before the trip, the travel agency informs us that the tour will be canceled due to a lack of participates. Lucky for us, we did saw the moment coming. I had been eyeing on the airfare a few days before the agency broke the news. However, to plan a 2 weeks Free and Easy trip alone is not a simple task. During the process, I face a number of struggles.

As we will be covering Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and San Fransisco during our two weeks holiday, we wanted to cover as many places with the minimum time spent on traveling. Transportation is one of our biggest concern as both of us is not confident driving in the States. We decided to go ahead with taking public transportation and UBER/LYFT.

Our first airline choice was Singapore Airlines, as it is only airlines that we have 100% confident in the level of service and food especially for long hual.

Before leaving for your trip, do remember to apply for your Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) at least 2 weeks before departure date. It usually takes 2 – 3 working days to get the application approve.

Finally, the day finally arrive for our honeymoon.

Our first stop will be Los Angeles with a short transit in Narita, Japan. I manage to get my hands on Hello Kitty Limited Apple Cake by Tokyo Banana.

Prior to the trip, I booked our airport shuttle service from Mozio.com. Mozio provides airport transfers for more than 2000 airports in the world. All you need to do is to book your ride on either their website or mobile site. You are able to select from shared shuttle services to private limo rides.

After clearing the custom, we headed toward the shuttle service counter situated right outside the terminal to check in.

Within 5 minutes, the shuttle bus drove over for the pickup. The whole process was seamless and efficient.

After 40min of the ride, we reached our 1st hotel, Fairfield Inn by Marriott Anaheim Resort. Fairfield Inn is strategically located right opposite of Disneyland, Anaheim.

We took a walk around the neighbourhood while waiting for our room to be ready for check-in.

I was slightly disappointed with the room as I remember i booked a Premium View Room overlooking Disneyland. However, all I get was the pool view of Courtyard Mariott hotel from my hotel room’s corridor.

Afterall, we enjoyed our stay in the hotel. Checking in was a breeze. The front desk staff was friendly and helpful. She went through the map of the neighbourhood with us, making sure we know how to navigate. The room was amazing with Disney themed. It was clean and spacious. There is a wet and dry bathroom which is convenient for us especially in the morning. It will be excellent if they have more Disney details in the room. The hotel has the prefect location. Disneyland is 5 minutes walk away. There was numerous dinning option within the area.McDonald’s is located right outside the hotel premise.

Day 1 was pretty relaxing for us as we wanted to get more rest and adjust ourselves to the time difference. After taking a nap, we headed to Anaheim Plaza for dinner and Walmart shopping.

Anaheim Plaza is an outdoor shopping area where you able to get retail therapy for the whole family. However, food was kind of limited over here. I will recommend you to visit after dinner.

I was so engross in my Walmart shopping that I forget to take any photos. However, I will still do up a top 10 must buy in Walmart soon, so stay tunes for it.

We are so excited to start our Disneyland adventure tomorrow.

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