At Disney World in Florida.
What was the occasion?
My sister-in-law was getting married so it was a perfect excuse to apply for some annual leave and skip some of New Zealand’s winter. We spent a week in Miami, then jumped on a cruise ship through the Bahamas and Mexico before finishing up in Orlando to brave the lines at Disney World.
Where did you stay?
We got an Airbnb in Miami, lived on the cruise ship – in isolation for half of it, after we all caught influenza – then drove up to Disney’s Pop Century Resort.
What was the best thing you saw?
That I was the only one who didn’t have head lice? We arrived at Disney World to finish the holiday with a bang but both kids and my wife started scratching and it turns out had the little critters crawling around on their heads… anyone else itchy?
The best thing you did?
We hired a catamaran in Miami and parked up in a bay with hundreds of other boats cranking tunes and drinking in the ocean – it honestly felt like we had quite literally entered Instagram!
The best thing you ate?
Definitely not the coffee! A little advice for those travelling to the US – you have to specifically say “no sugar” or it comes with truckloads of it.
Buy any cool souvenirs?
The things we spent the most money on were antibiotics, lozenges, throat sprays and cough medicine.
Any holiday hiccups?
The holiday started to go downhill at the halfway mark when we all caught influenza on the cruise ship. That unfortunately developed into pneumonia for my wife. But after 6-7 hours in hospital we were given the all-clear and allowed to leave – once we’d settled the $12,000 bill.
We spent half our Disney World time watching Bluey on TV in the hotel room, before pushing my lice-ridden wife around the “happiest place on Earth” in a wheelchair with the children in tow, counting down the days until we got to go home.
Share your top travel tip:
Travel insurance! Don’t leave without it.
Where to next?
Bali’s on the radar for New Year’s. People don’t get sick there, right?