Things to do in Rockport, MA: a day trip from Boston

Things to do in Rockport, MA | PACK THE SUITCASES

The picture-perfect town of Rockport is on Cape Ann, a headland/promontory at the top of Massachusetts Bay. I didn’t really know what to expect from it but it was just beautiful – a total gem. There are loads of colourful wooden buildings, independent shops, fresh seafood and magnificent sea views from sandy beaches.

Don’t let the name ‘Rockport’ put you off if you’re a UK visitor. Those horrendous shoes of the same name that were really popular with people being hard in the 90s were 100% nowhere to be seen. 

So here are some things to do in Rockport, as well as what to eat and how to get there from Boston on the train…

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5 days in Boston, MA, USA: things to see, do and eat

5 days in Boston itinerary, MA, USA | PACK THE SUITCASES

It’s taken me forever to write up this 5 days in Boston itinerary because there’s so much to include. I should add that I definitely mean Boston, MA, USA – not the local one here in the UK. I think you’d struggle to spend 5 days there…

Here’s what I got up to over 5 days in Boston – a bit of an itinerary, featuring everything I did/saw/ate each day (with emphasis on the eating, as usual). I hope it’ll be handy as a general travel guide for anyone else’s first time there or for anyone planning up to 5 days in Boston and feeling overwhelmed by everything there is to do…

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One week in San Francisco itinerary: for 7 days exploring without a car

One week in San Francisco: itinerary for 7 days | PACK THE SUITCASES

I’ve been raving to everyone about how amazing this city is since I visited in May, so I wanted to share my San Francisco itinerary for a one week/7 day trip. It was my first time visiting the USA (more on that here) and San Francisco was quite the place to start with. I have to admit I spent the first couple of days wandering around gawping and in a bit of a daze, which was a mixture of jetlag and the general overwhelming nature of the US. But after I’d adjusted and got into it, I was able to take it all in more. San Francisco is definitely one of the most interesting and unique cities I’ve ever been to.

We hardly ever drive and SF has public transport, which is one of the main reasons we picked it as our starting point for our first trip to the USA (Boston, MA was our second port of call). That and the fact it’s laid back, left wing and very cool with loads of stuff to do and a thriving veggie/vegan food scene. It ticks all my proverbial boxes.

So here’s my 7 days in San Francisco itinerary, featuring everything I did/saw/ate each day (with emphasis on the eating). I hope it’ll be handy as a general travel guide for anyone’s first time there or for anyone planning a week in San Francisco who is overwhelmed by everything there is to do…

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42 first impressions and weird things about America

Weird things about America you might find on your first visit | PACK THE SUITCASES

Before I start this huge post about all the interesting, surprising and weird things about America that I found on our first ever trip there recently, I just want to do a bit of a disclaimer. Here it is:

DISCLAIMER!!!

1. These things are based on my first ever trip to the USA. We went to San Francisco and Boston, with a few day trips to their nearby towns. So this first impression is gathered from visiting just two cities out of a whopping massive country that’s completely different from one area to the next. I’m very much aware that no one, two, three or even 10 cities can be representative of an entire country, especially one that ginormous. However, ‘Amusing first impressions and funny/weird things I found when visiting San Francisco and Boston and some of their nearby towns’ doesn’t have quite the same ring to it. And who doesn’t love sweeping generalisations about everything from toilet water quantities to the pronunciation of ‘herbs’?!
2. Also, I absolutely loved both places we went and had a right hoot there. So this is a highly positive/light hearted post for the most part. There are of course, some negative aspects to the US – like anywhere.

Disclaimer over, here are 42 (I tried to stop at 40, soz) weird things about America, or rather things that I found amusing/odd and general first impressions on my first ever trip to the USA…

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