Back in 2015, I made one of the biggest decisions I’ve ever made. After dreaming about New York City for most of my life, I started doing some research. I couldn’t find anyone who was able to travel overseas with me, so I looked into solo travel. There are quite a few choices available when it comes to safe and easy solo travel, and the one I went with was Contiki! I’d heard a bit about Contiki before, but not enough to be able to make an educated decision right there and then. So I researched as much as I could and spoke to a couple of people I knew had done a Contiki tour before. Eventually, I took a…

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For most of my teenage and adult life, I had dreamt of the day I would finally visit New York City. I imagined looking up at the Statue of Liberty, spending a day shopping up a storm in Soho and I wanted to stand in absolute awe, in the middle of Times Square and never leave. I wanted one of those ‘I love NYC’ t-shirts, and every other cliche tourist souvenir you could imagine. Yes, I was (and still am) that person. But that’s okay. It’s okay to dream – in fact, I encourage it! Especially when it comes to seeing the world. Having a dream, got me to my favourite place in the world. I’m sure you’re wondering why I…

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In June 2015, I had my first international solo travel experience. I had done a lot of research and tried to work out what would suit me best, but eventually settled on a Contiki Tour! I looked extensively into which specific tour I wanted to do, and ended up opting for the Best of USA! If you’re unfamiliar with what Contiki is all about, essentially they’re a tour company for people from all over the world, aged between 18 and 35. So as long as you’re within that age bracket, you can enjoy everything that Contiki has to offer! What stood out to me with this tour, was New York City and Las Vegas. I had always wanted to visit New…

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I’ve scoured the web, trying to find Contiki reviews focussed on the USA tours, as opposed to the amazing Europe tours that everybody seems to prefer. Back in June 2015, I did the Best of USA Contiki Tour (you can read all about this tour, by clicking here). It was my first time experiencing solo travel. I had been to the United States before with my family, but I hadn’t yet ventured overseas alone. I spent every day umm’ing and ahh’ing about whether I wanted to take the plunge into solo travel. It proved to be a difficult task, trying to find decent reviews about Contiki Tours that weren’t the hostel staying, day long bus rides tours around Europe. So I thought what better, than…

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Whilst on Contiki, (check out the tour I did – Best of USA – here) our second stop was San Fransisco. Let me just tell you, San Fransisco is a beautiful place. I have always wanted to visit, as I’d always heard such great things about the city. So many of my friends and family members have said they would live there in a heart beat. So not only was I hearing good things, I had always seen such incredible photos from all around the city. Everyone genuinely seems to be so relaxed and happy. No matter which direction you walk down the main street, there are locals and travelers riding bikes, strolling along (seemingly) without a care in the world. I remember I…

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