7 Day Ring Road Route in Iceland

 

Route

This blog post includes a day 7 itinerary of the ring road including the golden circle in Iceland.

Day 1: The Blue Lagoon! It’s only minutes away from KEF airport. Buy tickets online ahead of time because they sell out. We choice the comfort package because it included entrance to Blue Lagoon, Silica Mud Mask, use of towel, 1st Drink of your choice and algae. 

We spent about 2 hours here. Let me tell you it was SO relaxing!

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Day 2: The Golden Circle which which includes: ÞingÞingvellir National Park, Strokkur Geyser , Gullfoss Waterfall, Crater Lake, Seljalandsfoss Waterfall and Gljúfrabúi. Have fun pronouncing those.

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Day 3: Vik which included the DC-3 plane wreckage. This was a four km walk from the parking lot so be prepared. You won’t see the plane until you pretty much walk the whole distance.

Next stop: the glacier lagoon. They offer tours here, but be prepared with layers for this stop. It got pretty chilly.

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Day 4: Myvatn Lake, Godafoss, Horseback riding at Galsi horse rental, Grjotagja Cave and Rhino rock

Day 5: Kirkjufell, volcanic crater, Snaefellsbaer, and the seal stop.

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Day 6: We explored Reykavik. I highly recommend the Icelandic hotdogs. They have many food trucks and it’s only $4 which is cheap for Iceland. The Phallic museum which was interesting…only $15.

Day 7: Reykavik again. We visited the big church aka Hallfrimskirkja, Hapra and explored all the street art.

How We Got There

Check out my blog post on Wow Airlines.

                 Where We Stayed

Check out my blog post here.

Questions? Email me at jetesetbrunette247@gmail.com

 

Wow Airlines

There’s no doubt when we booked this flight from LAX to KEF that it was a good deal. We originally paid $424 USD roundtrip when we booked in October.

They ended up canceling our flights for “unforeseen circumstances” in January. We received two separate emails for each segment. You could either rebook or request new dates. We ended up requesting new dates for a day later and pushing back our trip, but it was a pain because we already booked our flights from PHX to LAX. We ended up staying in LAX for a day. But, the sucky part was the customer service. They don’t have a phone number so it’s done over email and takes a at least a few days which was making me anxious because at one point I had a way of getting home, but not a way there for about a week.

Where they get you is food and baggage fees. You are given one personal item for free which is essentially the size of my backpack. Nothing bigger. Then you have to pay for either a carry on or checked bag.

I packed a duffle that I thought would fit in their measurement box…but it didn’t. I paid $49 for the carry on prior to the flight. Since it didn’t fit it cost $30 to upgrade to check it. They said every bag needed to be tagged, but to be honest I didn’t see anyone checking for the bag tags on each bag. Be sure to check the requirements here before you go on your trip. My friend Nicole bought her bags ahead of time when she booked the flight and saved a little bit of money.

I recommend bringing andf filling your own water bottle and eating before you get on the plane because everything costs extra.

Overall, it was a cheap experience, but probably not worth the hassle to do again and dealing with all the extra fees.

San Francisco

This trip was amazing…not only did we swim Alcatraz, but we swam it for a good cause. We swam for the FAST Foundation which raises money for awareness and water safety.

The Distance

The Alcatraz swim is about 1.4 Miles (about 2,500 yards).

The Conditions

Temperature: Water temperatures during our swim are in the low to mid 50’s. Pretty. Damn. Cold. My suggestion? Buy a full body wet suit off of Amazon.

How I got there

Airline points. It only cost me 5,542 points for a one way on Southwest from PHX to SFO.

One my way home segment…I used my Capital One Venture points and cash which is a new, awesome feature! I used 6,297 miles + $33.23. Not bad right!?

Where We Stayed
Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf. We loved it here. It was a pretty central location from our swim and all the main tourist attractions. The front desk agent even sent us free champagne for finishing our race. I highly recommend!
Where We Ate
  • Breakfast: Mama’s. There was a line that we waited in for about two hours, but it was definitely worth the wait.
  • Dinner: Cioppino’s for seafood.
  • Ice Cream: Ghiradelli’s where else…
What Else We Did For Fun
  • Rented bikes and biked across the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Sausalito
  • Golden Gate Park
  • Mosiac Tile Stairs
  • Crooked street
  • Painted Ladies
  • Twin Peaks
  • Alcatraz
  • Fisherman’s Wharf Pier

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The ones who see things differently. While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Apple

The Best Travel Credit Card

I started my blog in December 2015 and lately I’ve felt the need to take a step back. Why am I doing this? I’m not trying to brag about all the places I go. It’s genuinely a hobby and a passion.

I’ve found myself looking back at my blog posts that typically state the places I go, what I did, and how much it costs but often forgetting the most important part…how I got there.

I want to help you, your friends, anyone to make travel dreams happen. A lot of people I know can’t wrap their heads around  the crazy trips I do. Honestly I don’t spend a ton. I often use points to book all my airfare.

For those of you who know me this is something I am super passionate about. Sometimes I wonder why I’m not in sales, because I pitch this credit card to a lot of my friends. It boggles my mind how many of my friends still use their debit card.

My personal favorite: the Southwest credit card

Why?

Here is my personal snapshot on Southwest for 2015:

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Pro: After I signed up I earned 30,000 points after spending $1,000 in 3 months. DONE! So easy right? That is included in my 42,291 points shown above.

You get 2x points on all Southwest purchases and 1 point for every $1 spent on all other purchases.

You get 6,000 anniversary points.

AND no foreign transaction fees. Save 3%. Yep. I use this all the time while traveling internationally.

Con: Annual fee. While you can find a lot of credit cards without annual fees these days, I strongly believe you get more than the $95 you spend in the annual fee.

 

In 2015, I flew to San Francisco & Ohio for free using points. I would suggest using the low calendar fare and if you are flexible you can get some really good deals. Especially when Southwest has its sales. On average those flights cost about $ flying from Phoenix.

  • $321.96 PHX to SFO
  • $204.98 PHX to CMH (one way)
  • =$526.94 total savings!
  • -$95 annual fee
  • =$431.94 savings

Granted I spend most of my purchases on this card. Another thing I love about Southwest is their cancellation policy. You can cancel and use the credit. Plus, you get two free checked bags. Sometimes when you are searching for flights you have to take that into consideration. Although, a Frontier flight might be cheaper they will charge you for the seat and bags.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up here and start planning your dream travels. Right now they have a 50,000 after you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months… which is even more points than I got aka more savings!

I hope to focus a lot more of my posts the specifics to get help you plan really cheap weekend trips or even a trip of your dreams. I have a few other travel credit cards so I’ll be sure to let you know in future posts what I use and how I get there. Let me know if you have any questions! I’d love to help 🙂

 

 

 

 

How to Plan a Bachelorette Party in Nashville

Who said planning a bachelorette party for 17 girls was easy?! Here are 6 tips to keep the party going for the bride to be.

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Literally. One thing I loved about the bride is she invited more than just the bridal party.  She included all of our best friends from high school. #nashvillepartyof17 #tayslastrodeo

Bachelorette Pad

Staying in a hotel with this many girls/hotel rooms can be hectic. This is why I highly recommend airbnb. This keeps a large group of gals in one place (for the most part). We can all pregame the bars together and be in one place. We stayed about 5-10 minutes from downtown in East Nashville. Logan made survival kits for all the girls including some essentials and our pink tanks! Thanks to Tay’s college friends for all the cute decorations too!

 

Resos on Resos

On a holiday weekend who wants to wait around in lines all weekend? Not me. Especially when the party planner herself gets hangry waiting for food. Plan ahead. I used Yelp and the Thrillist to check local reviews on restaurants and bars.We ate at Biscuit Love and Saint Anejo for brunch. Highly recommend. And of course had some bbq at Edley’s and Jacks.

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Pedal Wagon

Why would you not do this? Nuff said.

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Lingerie Shower

Every bride deserves some new sexy lingerie before her honeymoon. We created a Facebook message without the bride to throw ideas out there on what everyone wanted to get her. We then had a little surprise guest show up to get the party started 😉

 

VIP Open Bar

We did the VIP open bar from 8-11pm at Honky Tonk Central. How much? $95 per girl including tip, unlimited appetizers, and any drink for 3 hours on a private balcony. At 11pm we were able to go down and mingle with the bar, but its the perfect pregame and a great way to skip the long lines on a holiday weekend.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Las Vegas

Last summer got a little crazy…moving within driving distance to Vegas was beyond dangerous. I racked up 6 trips in one summer and I can not get enough of sin city. I have to bring in a professional for this one. To the girl who got all of our friends obsessed with the pool parties, sleepless nights and hangover brunches at the Bellagio….meet Andi Zitney (she just so happens to be my roommate. How convenient right?!). For this blog post I decided to ask her some questions for those of you who have never been to Vegas or want to test out the adult playground the way my friends and I do…Enjoy and be safe!

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Andi is on the left at a Wet Republic pool party
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At the Chandelier bar in The Cosmopolitan

M: When was your first trip to Vegas?

A: My 21st birthday was my first adult weekend in Vegas.

M: How many time have you been to Vegas?

A: (she’s laughing actually thinking about it) 30+. It’s an easy trip because I have a house there.

M: Although, I know you don’t stay on the strip much. What is a good hotel/location for going out?

A: MGM is always going to be great spot, because it has a night club and day club. It speaks to a younger crowd. I would stay away from the North end of the strip. You will constantly be making your way back to the middle.

M: What is your favorite restaurant on the strip?

A: High Dollar STK in the Cosmopolitan-$$$$ and Culinary Dropout- $$

M: Buffets are a must do. Top 3?

A: Bellagio, Caesars Palace, and The Cosmopolitan

M: What has been your favorite show? Why?

A: Cirque du Soleil- O Show. You could go with your grandma or friends. It is all around a good show. The hypnotism shows are fun too. Also, I would check out if there are any concerts in town.

M: If you are 21 and going to Vegas for the first time what night clubs do you recommend?

A: Hakkasan in MGM, XS in Encore and 1 Oak in the Mirage.

M: Day clubs?

A: WET REPUBLIC! The only place you need to go.

M: Do you recommend getting onto guest lists? What about for guys?

A: If its a slow weekend yes, but for big weekends like Memorial day, fight weekends or labor day I would recommend buying tickets for big names. Usually you can tell by a well known DJ. Guest lists can get up to a 4 hour wait and they can’t promise you on getting it. Guys…sorry…no.

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Pool party at Marquee
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Pool party at Encore Beach Club

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Questions? Email me at jetsetbrunette247@gmail.com

 

 

December 22nd

Another bestie blogger in the books. Thanks Ashley Kloeb for featuring me in your 25 days of strong blog. Ashley was my college roommate and is currently a nurse in Denver. She is always doing something for a good cause and makes everyone want to save the world. Check out what I do to stay active &  check out her blog and support the eating disorder foundation below.

Source: December 22nd

xoxo,

Megan