Who doesn't love Florida? It really does have it all. Fun activities, awesome nightlife and amazing adventures. It is one of our top adventure destinations. Below we have given you some advice and tips on how we travel to Florida, who to fly with, where to fly to and the cheapest options.
We have tried and tested different travel journeys, but we found that the flight with Virgin Atlantic from LHR direct to MIA was the cheapest option. We flew to Miami and drove from Miami to Orlando which took 3 hours 30 minutes, without any stops. The flight cost us £398 per person including baggage which was a great deal. We found the flight on SkyScanner after changing the dates around to find the cheapest days (which we found midweek to be the cheapest.) Always check Expedia for flights as they sometimes have some great deals too! It's usually cheaper to fly from London in the UK, however always check flights from Manchester or Glasgow when flying to the US. The cheapest airport to fly to in Florida is Melbourne, but if you get a good deal on your car then head to Miami instead of Orlando and drive down.
After booking our flights we always use a company called DiscoverCars.com who always get you the best deals for car hire in Florida. Try to get a car with unlimited mileage and full-to-empty fuel, which means you get to drive anywhere you want and a free tank of fuel to begin your holiday. Which ever company you book the car hire with, always check the terms and conditions for the car insurance and make sure you're fully covered for any damages just incase.
Once the flights and car hire is booked, then it's time to start planning. Our itinerary planning starts by searching places such as TripAdvisor and Youtube to find the most exciting activities, places to visit and things to see whilst over there. Using a notepad, we write each day down and plan what activities we are doing at what time. For our activities, we use a company called Viator which offer a vast range of activities and things to do for great prices. We booked an Everglades boat tour for £29, Kennedy Space Centre Day trip for £59 and a Clear Kayak trip to see the Florida Manatee's for £66. Make sure to add on any website URL's, booking confirmations, ZIP codes or any other useful information - this saves you time on the day. We always plan some restaurants before we visit then book them in advance. A top tip in America is to check the waitlist for a restaurant you want to visit an hour before, you can join the waitlist remotely on the restaurant's app (e.g. Red Lobster, Olive Garden etc) so it's best to join it and avoid waiting in the queue outside, but don't be late if your name is called!
After your itinerary is planned, then you can start to see what area you will be travelling to and on what day. We stayed in various locations and stayed in different properties from detached houses, to guest houses to hotels and booked them using apps like Hotels.com, Air BnB or Booking.com. We always use Booking.com or Hotels.com to book our hotels, they both always have a massive range of places to stay, as well as a great offer where the more you book with them the cheaper the hotels and bigger discount you get. One of our favourite places to stay in Orlando is Buena Vista Suites in Orlando, they offer one or two bedroom suites which are super clean and a great location! Or check out these Budget Friendly Deals with Hotels.com. Just a quick tip, watch out for properties that say 'extended stay' on their website as this means that guests have to option to temporarily live in the hotels, which can attract all kinds of people, so just contact the hotel before you stay here if you have any questions about it.
After all this planning is done, then it's time to have fun! Check out the pictures of our adventure in Florida, as well as the roadtrip map and many more top tips.
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