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4th of July and a trip to Stonehenge + Bath (Vlog)

This weekend was all over the place. Sam and I looked at a wedding venue, celebrated the 4th of July and then for work I spent all Sunday at Stonehenge and Bath. I was all over the place physically and mentally, and it was a weekend of highs and lows. As per usual, the trip to Stonehenge and Bath was loads of fun, bar the persistent downpour once I arrived in Bath, which is one of the reasons for a lack of footage of Bath, but you can always relive it with my Bath posts from the past. 

We have 99.9% made up our minds about which venue we’ll choose. We just need to confirm dates and times and a few budgetary issues. Stay tuned for more wedding updates. Other than that, the 4th of July was very low-key for Sam and I. We celebrated by having the most American things possible: beer, chili cheese dogs and curly fries and strawberry shortcakes for dessert. So far, so many highs right? 

chili cheese dogstrawberry shortcake

But although I’m about as patriotic as the next person, I found it very hard to be away from home this year. I was struck by a huge blast of homesickness and cried multiple times due to missing family, friends, and nostalgic celebrations. 

I frequently get asked why I don’t go home more often. And the simple answer is: I live on a really tight budget. (The same holds true for why I don’t make more time for “low budget” European adventures.) I spend money very frugally, and although I love traveling, and especially returning home, even the most basic travel is a “luxury” in my book and no amount of sacrificial budgeting can alter that at this point in my life. 

But I don’t want to end this post on a negative note. In general, my weekend was glorious and I am so grateful that my job allows fun outings like Sunday’s!


I hope everyone else’s weekend was fabulous! 

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  • I always love your vlogs and this is one is no exception. 😉

    I totally hear you regarding budgeting. My friends from back home were shocked to learn that Dan and I literally never eat out during the week and that I haven’t bought any new clothes in months. Can’t have it all, ya know? Especially with a wedding on your plate, I’m sure there’s a lot of other things on your mind than travel!

    Happy belated 4th! ;D

    • Thanks so much, Margo!

      And it’s so true! This is a big “save” year for us, with wedding planning, and my visa is up for renewal in the late winter/early spring and that costs an arm and a leg too, but is completely necessary. So there’s a lot of belt tightening going on at the moment, but it’s worth it in the long run! x

      Hope you had a great 4th!

  • I can’t wait to see where you chose as your venue! And it looked like a perfect way to celebrate the 4th from abroad. I think having adventures close to home can be just as fun (and not nearly as stressful!) as traveling far. It doesn’t really matter what your budget is, but more how you choose to spend your time. 🙂

    • That’s totally true! Mostly, I’d love to be able to go home to New Mexico now that it’s been 2 years and counting since my last visit. And Sam has never gone to America with me because 2 people going is so much more expensive than 1! So weirdly, after all this time, and despite how much they text each other, Sam and my brother have never met in person. But hopefully this can all be remedied soon! 😀 x

  • Same here, I hope once I get a job things will go smoother and we will be able to book tickets to Mexico more frequently. In the meantime, we are making the most of staycations, coupons, and outings with friends so the costs can be divided. Then again, it’s better for us expats because anywhere feels like a vacation! haha 🙂 So excited about the wedding news!!

  • It must be so hard to live far from your family, and travel is certainly a luxury expense for me as well! I’d love to get back to the States more, as it’s where my Dad and other family members live, but at the moment it’s just not really possible. Still, it looks like you managed to do so much that was fun this weekend, and how exciting you have possibly found your wedding venue!! Look forward to hearing more. xxx

    • Thanks Miranda! It’s definitely tricky, it’s a bummer that It’s been 2 years since I was home but that’s what happens when you live abroad, I suppose! x

  • Yeah the homesickness hit me Monday and I totally cried and refused to leave the bed, and we did a little thing for the 4th but when we were going to bed Fredrik said he hopes next year it will be more than just the two of us so shall we pencil it in now!

  • Wow busy busy! I can’t wait to see more of your wedding plans! Hopefully you’ll get to travel a bit more soon. It’s so tricky when there is so much to save for all at once! Alice xx

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  • That pie looks AMAZING

  • Sophie Harrison

    I live in Bath so this was really cool to watch! Hope you loved it as much as I do 🙂 x

    • I absolutely love it! I get to go for work quite frequently, which is lucky. Unfortunately I don’t have much footage from Bath on Sunday since it was pissing it down! x

  • I am having a heavy dose of homesickness currently – so listening to BBC Radio 4 and just trying to ride through it. Bleurgh!

    How wonderful to be planning a wedding – and I love the food you chose for July 4th!

    • Hehe thank you! It screamed “America!” to me!

      I hope you’re feeling less homesick now. Big hugs to you! xxx

  • You need hugs I think. Yes, definitely hugs.
    I adored your instagram over the weekend – Bath is simply lovely, and to get Stonehenge into the mix…!

  • Mmmm, who doesn’t love gummy bears! Looks like an amazing 4th of July weekend!

  • Oh lovely one <3 massive massive hugs coming for you tonight! Homesickness is the worst 🙁 I'm incredibly lucky to be able to get super cheap flights home but even then I only make it back about twice a year, and it's soo hard. I can't imagine being away for years at a time <3 love you lots! xxxx

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