“One way ticket to NICELAND, please”

Guess what, guys. I’m going to fucking Iceland!!!

The timing couldn’t be better. The same week that I learned I lost my dream home and my husband, I got an email from my friends Alex and Lisa (the ones traveling the world getting married) asking:

“Fancy a slinky 7-8 day press trip in Iceland for 8 days? Hanging out with us guys, dog sledding, ice climbing, Viking shit etc. etc.”

There was only one answer: FUCK YES, VIKING SHIT!

So on May 1st, I head to Iceland, and, to be honest, I’m not exactly sure when I’m coming back yet. You see, The Brits (that’s what we call Lisa and Alex) have invited me to come back to England with them for a week. Of course I said yes. Now it’s my turn to culture clash my way into their world, amidst family members and friends I feel like I already know through their stories.

Then I thought, hmmmm…

Me the last time I was in England. It was 2000, and I went with my childhood best friend, Amy. We were 19 and we could drink!!!

For some reason I DON’T WANT TO GO HOME YET. Because, without Aaron at home, there doesn’t feel like I have any reason to return. (Yes yes, doggies, doggies, I love them so, but they’ll be spending time with Aaron while I’m gone, and they don’t care if I’m gone for another week after I’ve already been gone for two. In fact, at that point I’m pretty sure they’ve already given me up for dead and moved on.) Plus I like the idea of getting out of my comfort zone, and doing some of that heavy-thinking, perspective-gaining, personal-growth-ing that travel always seems to induce.

The last time I was in Paris. Same trip.

So I hit up my mom and asked her to meet me in FUCKING PARIS, so we can take that “girls trip” we’ve always talked about doing together.

So there ya go. “One way ticket to NICELAND, please!” I’ll come back when I’m good and ready.

In the meantime, I’ll take any travel tips, advice on what to bring, and what to do for my cellphone plan while I’m traveling!

15 thoughts on ““One way ticket to NICELAND, please”

  1. KathyRo

    On the cell phone:
    I have experimented with different things over the years. I’ve done “rented” cell phones and I’ve done international sims and both those options blow. The international SIM always sounds so good and winds up so crappy. I recently came back from London and Ireland and this time I took advantage of AT&Ts Passport program whereby I spent a little extra per month to get both data and text. ( In my case it was $60 but your mileage may vary.)
    It was sooo nice to just use my phone like I normally do: email, Instagram, Google maps, etc.

    1. meganfinley Post author

      Yeah, I was thinking of doing the Passport thing. So that worked out for you?

      1. KathyRo

        It was great because this time I was doing the whole “touristy” thing so WiFi was only in hotel and I depended on my phone a lot more. I used about 113 Mb in 9 days. I was originally supposed to be there longer which is why bought the larger package but I would do it again just so I don’t have that worry hanging over my head if I want to read email while sitting in a cafe.

      2. KathyRo

        Also : unlimited int’l text messaging! I used to buy the 200 message packages and try to stick to the limit. ( Ha ha — NOPE! ).

  2. Kim

    Hope you’ll have a great time! Wish you could drop by in The Netherlands though 😉
    Are you going to take the TVG from England to Paris via the Tunnel?

    1. meganfinley Post author

      “Are you going to take the TVG from England to Paris via the Tunnel?” I have no idea what that means, but … probably?

    1. meganfinley Post author

      Yeah, I think that’s what I’m gonna do. I feel like I took that thing before when I was there 10 years ago.

  3. stephanie (@stephaniekaloi)

    HEY SO when we were in Paris, we had zero issues with our phones. I thought we’d get hit with all kinds of fees and stuff, but as soon as we landed in Iceland we got a nice ltitle text that said “Welcome to Reykjaik. You have unlimited data for free, calls are .20/minute” and the same thing happened in Paris. So we just kept our phones on and didn’t answer or make calls unless we *had* to (I had to at one point). We could text, and we connected to wifi whenever we wanted (Paris has freeeeeeeee city wifi, it’s so fancy, you should be able to get a log-in from wherever you’re staying). Zero phone issues, no extra charges, etc. Super easy!

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