It’s September which means no more rent, bus passes, gym memberships or work for me! I am writing this from the couch in my friend’s apartment before I depart on my first train tonight, bound for Jasper National Park in Alberta. Here is a look at my holidays this month and a glimpse at what is in store for October. Let’s go, #hayleyonholiday.
Jasper: 3rd to 4th September
I am taking the train from Vancouver to Jasper, which I have heard is beautiful. I will be in Jasper overnight as there aren’t really any budget accommodation choices, but at least this gives me time to walk around town.
Banff: 4th to 7th September
Then onto Banff! I am so excited to check out this popular Rocky Mountain town, including a trip to Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. I will be staying at Samesun Backpackers, where I stayed for 2.5 weeks when I first moved to Vancouver so hopefully this establishment is just as good as its city counterpart.
Calgary: 7th to 9th September
Then it is a quick bus trip to Calgary. I have a day to go exploring – I haven’t heard rave reviews on this city so I am keen to see if it wins me over. My accommodation here is a place calledwhich sounds totally wicked.
Chicago: 9th to 12th September
I leave Calgary in the afternoon for my flight to Chicago. I have a long list of places I want to see and things to do in the Windy City, including Millennium Park, Navy Pier and Michigan Avenue. I am staying at – this place has great reviews online so I have high hopes. It is also beside Lincoln Park which seems like a good area of town AND it’s near the water. That’s a winner in my books.
Toronto: 12th to 15th September
I am taking the Greyhound in the early hours to get into Toronto in the afternoon. This is another city I haven’t heard too many amazing things about from other travellers, so let’s see if it blows my mind. My plans include St Lawrence Market on the Saturday, a walk down Queen Street, Cabbagetown and Niagara Falls! I haven’t booked in the falls yet, but I am thinking of taking the train down and back from the city, as it seems the town deserves a wander.
Ottawa: 15th to 16th September
In the afternoon I will head to the nation’s capital, Ottawa. I am actually staying in a really awesome Byward Market, which are all perfectly located near my accommodation.here… it used to be a JAIL. Cool, right? I will spend the following day meandering around Parliament Hill, the Art Gallery, Dalhousie Street and
Montreal: 16th to 18th September
Then it is onto Montreal. Here I will be meeting up with an Australian couple I met whilst living in Vancouver – Amy worked on the food truck with me. I am really looking forward to being with friends and seeing if I remember any French from high school. They are in Montreal currently, sourcing out the best things to show me in my whirlwind visit to the city.
Quebec City: 18th to 22nd September
Next up is Quebec City! I haven’t looked up the top things to do yet in the city, but together I am sure we will have a blast!
??: 22nd to 23rd September
We will be stopping somewhere on the 22nd to break up the drive to…
New York!: 23rd to 30th September
I am so unbelievably excited to finally step foot in this amazing city! We will be staying for a week in an apartment in Brooklyn we found via AirBnb. I can’t wait to do it all: see a New York Yankees game; visit Times Square and Central Park; stroll through Brooklyn; see a Broadway show or two; and we are even going to see a favourite Australian group, the Hilltop Hoods, perform. New York has been at the top of my must-see list forever, so to to be finally going there is a real dream come true, as cliché as that sounds.
So that brings me to October. I haven’t got an exact itinerary for the month yet, but it will include stops in Boston (my first time Couchsurfing) Washington DC, Wilmington (this is totally thrilled) Charleston, Savannah, Nashville, New Orleans, Austin and Phoenix.