Finding Happiness with the Travel Editor of Brides Magazine
My earliest travel memory is of trekking in Nepal with my highly adventurous (perhaps slightly insane?) parents when I was three years old. Now I live for hotels with impeccable service - there’s nothing like feeling at home on the road.
In Orlando, I would stay at Disney’s Grand Floridian. It’s a little slice of Victorian-inspired luxury close to the Magic Kingdom, and it works for both couples and families. Even if you’re not staying here, come to check out the soaring lobby and look out for characters hidden in the marble floors. I always have a smile on my face when I’m in Orlando - it’s my happy place, and the happy place for millions of others. There’s something lovely about that.
The activities not to be missed
1. Riding Space Mountain in the Magic Kingdom never gets old. This roller coaster doesn’t go upside down - what’s scary about it is that you’re totally in the dark. And I love that the entrance has a retro, '70s feel to it. It’s what the Imagineers thought the future would look like.
2. Epcot’s World Showcase Bar Crawl. I celebrated my 30th birthday with friends and family in Orlando, and we did Epcot’s round-the-world bar crawl (including tequila shots in the Mexico pavilion at Cava del Tequila!). What’s not to love about trying champagne in “France” and a "Super Tuscan" wine in “Italy”? All kidding aside, the menus and wine lists at each of the pavilions are legit.
My favorite places to eat
The places you should definitely see
My favorite hidden gems
The place I'm most excited to go next is Aruba! I’m going to attempt to learn windsurfing and paddle tennis. Yikes.